Safety Tips for Women Runners
by: Linzay Logan
In a sport previously dominated by men, women have come a long way on the running scene. Since 1972 when Title IX legislation was passed, opening up the possibility for women to participate in sports, women have become the dominate players in running, constituting 53% of the field for running races in the U.S. Celebrate your right as a women to go for a run, just be sure to always stay safe when pounding the pavement.
- Trust your instincts
If you sense you are in an unsafe area it is always best to trust your instincts and find somewhere else to run. Even if this means cutting your run short it is always best to be safe rather than sorry.
- Switch up your route
It is important to change your running route and the time you run every so often. Getting acquainted with the same route over and over again can make you susceptible to letting your guard down and allows assailants to know when and where you are.
- Invite a friend
There is always power in numbers. Plus, running with friends can be much more fun and motivating. Invite a friend to join you on a run and you might find a new running partner.
- Know your route, let someone know what it is and when you plan to return
There is nothing worse than running eight miles and feeling completely lost when it is beginning to get dark. If you have a planned route and have let someone know what it is, they’ll have an idea of where to come pick you up and bring you home when you’re lost and not back when you said you would be.
- Carry cash
Stash a few dollars or a credit card into your pocket, shoe or fuel belt just in case anything unexpectedly comes up. Feeling like you hit the wall? With a couple bucks you can pick up a sports drink or cab fare.
- Run in populated areas
If there are other runners around there is good chance the area is safe and appropriate for runners.
- Carry a cell phone
It might feel a bit cumbersome to carry your phone on a run, but in the event you need it and there aren’t other people around it could be a lifesaver.
- Run during the day
Stick to running during daylight hours as crime rates are considerably lower during the day and cars are much more likely to spot you running on the side of the road when it is light out.