Running Safety Tips By A Self-Defense Expert

Interesting running tips you should stick to.

If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve probably learned about the tragic events involving two women who went out for a run and never made it home.

 And while hearing about their attacks is definitely frightening, it doesn’t mean you should give up your outdoor running routine. (Keep in mind, too, that these incidents aren’t common, despite these recent reports.) Following a few best practices will help ensure your well-being and keep you protected from potential assailants.
First and foremost: Know your surroundings, says Jennifer Cassetta, Sabre ambassador and self-defense expert who created the Stilettos and Self Defense DVDs. “The most important thing is situational awareness,” says Cassetta. “That’s a broad term, but it means you assess the situation before acting.”
Here’s how to create a safer scenario for yourself.

7 Running Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

1. Go the Crowded Route

2. Let Friends Track Your Run
Always tell your roommate, a friend, your mom or sister (anyone you’re close to!) that you’re heading out for a run and when they should expect you home. Even better, download an app that lets your loved ones follow you on your route. MapMyRun has a live-tracking feature you can easily turn on and off. Strava also just added a safety function, called Beacon, that sends a text to your chosen contacts with a link for live tracking so friends can see if you go off course. One place you shouldn’t share your info, though: social media. Feel free to post about your running success, but avoid showing specific routes.
3. Tune Into All Your Senses
…Not your actual tunes. Of course it’s nice to have a distraction when you’re running, which is why many people listen to music or podcasts. But to truly be aware of your surroundings, it’s best to hit the pavement sans headphones, says Cassetta. (Can’t clock miles without ’em? Turn the volume down or just wear one earpiece.) It’s also vital that you can see everything around you. Cassetta suggests avoiding hoodies — they block your peripheral vision — and too-dark sunglasses.