Last week, as I was getting ready for my early run the next morning, that I would be doing alone around my neighborhood. Roger told me the story of Karina Vetrano, who was found dead in Queens. He suggested that I took the knife he gave me, and reviewed with me again, what points to go for if somebody attacked me. I hate carrying the knife, but the story scared me and I attached it to my shorts.
Then last Sunday, he was telling me again of two other runners who we killed while out for a run.
What hunts me about this killings is that they happened in broad daylight!
Karina Vetrano was out running around 5:00 pm.
Vanessa Marcotte was out running around 1:15 pm.
Alexandra Brueger was out running at 2:30 pm.
Horrific losses for their families. I am thinking of them and sending healing thoughts to the grieving families.
Is it awful that the first thing I thought was "Wow This women are totally kick ass, running at those times of the day in the middle of the summer!!"
I hate running with the knife, it scares me that I will slice my finger off or/and that an attacker will use it to hurt me. I have a pepper spray somewhere, but haven't dug it out in a while.
I am willing to admit that I was not afraid of something happening to me, because I know my town to be safe, but I want to ask other, more experience runners, more kick ass ladies, more awesome people... what do you do to stay safe on a run?
Here are some things that I am already doing
* Running with a partner
* Running with a group
* Carry my phone and
* Sharing my location with my family through my phone
* I have taken basic self defense lessons (Roger always says to go for the eyes, the stomach and testicles, whichever I can reach first).
* Run in places that are not secluded
* Not that this is an indication of safety anymore, but I try to run in daylight.