Shut up + Run (Safe)
This week’s humpday blog lovin’ goes out to a lady I admire for several reasons:
- She’s not afraid to fart in public (and blame it on the nearest guilty-looking party).
- She is blunt and blatently honest about just about anything and everything.
- But most of all — she is a HUGE advocate for running safety.
Beth, from Shut up + Run, lost her cousin Sherry to a tragic running accident earlier this year.
I started reading her blog sometime this summer after reading her brief bio on twitter, which reads: “Stop your bitching and shut up and run!. Crude. Runner. Mom. Blogger. Yogi. Triathlete. Writer. Farter. Wine-o. Wife. Three legged dog owner.”
I tweeted at her and said that she *might* be my soul mate. She tweeted back and asked if I enjoyed a good fart (for those who don’t know me, the answer is a resounding yes).
Anywho, I started reading her blog, and one of the first things I noticed was her post about another running tragedy (after Sherry’s) and some really great safety tips (that even non-runners can follow).
I wanted to pin the article and share it around social media, but she didn’t have an image on her post. So I contacted her via e-mail and asked if it would be okay if I sent her some images.
Four months later, I finally got around to making the images. And now I’m sharing them with you, so you can share them, and together we can hopefully educate others on how to be super-safe runners (and walkers) and avoid tragic incidents like Sherry’s.
And for the record, yes, women ARE more likely to be attacked. I’m not being sexist, it’s just statistics. It doesn’t matter how badass and buff you are, you never know if the attacker is carrying a weapon, and if a particularly sneaky one immobilizes you before you can break out your guns, it’s all over.
I’m on the fence about predictability of routes. I like to have a few regular routes so if I do go missing, my friends know where to find me. But definitely don’t run the same route at the same time every day. That’s not even good for your body — it gets used to it, and you only use those muscles to run, likely weakening one side of your body.
Pepper spray with dye helps police identify a perp if he or she happens to run off.
Also, note that pepper spray is handy for dog attacks. As a small lady, I am constantly bombarded by dogs off leashes, and you can never tell if a dog is vicious or not. I love dogs, and I love MY dog, so I keep him on a leash. Rule of thumb: If your dog is bigger than a small child, it definitely should be leashed. And if a dog is barreling up to me, I’m either going to run faster, or pepper spray it. I feel bad for the dog, but seriously people, use common sense and common courtesy.
Have any tips to add to Beth’s list?
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i love beth too! and i was so sad about sherry. but it’s amazing how this community comes together to share in support and to keep us safe NOW.
farts and all.
Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
Love the tips! Especially since I run super-duper early in the morning (it’s still pitch black out). Thanks!
Alex @ Alex Tries it Out
Good tips. I run in the dark more than I’d like, but sometimes it can be unavoidable with my schedule. I hate to hear about tragedies like this.
Oh, and dogs are the worst. I mean, I love dogs, but people don’t keep them leashed like they should. And I hate when they have them leashed, but not under control, so they still jump up on you.
chimesAlex @ Alex Tries it Out
SO agreed. There’s a bull mastiff in my neighborhood that is on a RETRACTABLE LEASH. I can’t even keep my 10 lb dog under control on a retractable, and he’s broken several of them. Sooo … um. yeah.
I was running by the middle school (cut through on the way back to my place) and this guy had his dog unleashed, and the dog was barreling at me full speed. This was the first run after my ankle sprain. So I cut loose and ran as fast as I could. The guy got really really mad at me because he couldn’t catch his dog. What was I SUPPOSED to do? Let the dog knock me over and re-sprain my ankle? Um. No. Sorry buddy. Get a clue.
Then it turns out this guy is my neighbor and the next time he saw me, he said, “looks like you’re in a better mood today.” Seriously? I said, yeah, well that’s because your dog is leashed, not appropriately, but still leashed.
Some people. That poor dog. Cooped up in an apartment. 🙁
Andrea @ Onion in My Hair
I pretty much sent a link to this post to every runner I know. Kudos to you and her family.
chimesAndrea @ Onion in My Hair
yay. thanks for sharing!
Heather @ Better With Veggies
Great tips, although I also don’t discourage people from running by themselves, as long as they are following the other tips. This certainly depends on the area you live and your comfort level, but I decided that there is risk in everything and that’s one I’m comfortable with for me.
chimesHeather @ Better With Veggies
Agreed. I didn’t address that one because I’m never going to run with a group, regardless of how safe or unsafe it is (I know, that’s terrible, but whatever). I’d say as long as you follow most of these rules, you should be good to go.
However, I don’t recommend running by yourself in some of the areas I’ve been running … eesh.
Love the graphic. Will pin ASAP.
yay. thanks for stopping by. and thanks for the kind words.