Running Safety by Austin FIT Coach Kathleen

Running Safety
By Coach Kathleen

There has been a string of assaults on female runners in the Austin area recently.  Here are some tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Run with a group, another person, a dog – not alone
  2. Tell someone your route, when you are leaving, when you should be returning
  3. Alter your route – don’t run the same route the same way on the same days
  4. Don’t publish your route on social media
  5. Carry your phone (consider activating the tracking feature)
  6. Carry a defensive device like pepper spray ($10 on Amazon.com), mace, a whistle
  7. Put up a fight: “SING” – Solar plexus, instep, nose, groin
  8. Be loud – yell for help
  9. Take a self-defense class
  10. Be visible: run against traffic, wear reflective clothing, blinking lights, carry a flashlight
  11. Practice safety: don’t assume drivers see you; don’t assume cars will stop at a stop sign or traffic light
  12. Wear your road ID – shoe tag
  13. Be aware of your surroundings:no earbuds
  14. Trust your intuition if a person or situation seems unsafe