10 Safety tips every female runner needs to know
During the summer months with the extended daylight hours, it can be tempting to be a little complacent about your personal safety. With attacks on female joggers on the increase, it pays to take a few precautions to deter prospective assailants. We don’t want to scare you off running alone, but it’s better to be safe than sorry right?
- Limit the distractions
Ditch the earphones, so you can hear if anyone is approaching from behind. If you can’t run without music, leave one earphone out and keep the volume low. Some earphones are also designed to allow in ambient noise for safety, so it is worth considering this when selecting your next set of earphones. Also don’t text and run.
- Avoid shortcuts
Running through the bush or parklands might be scenic, but if you’re alone stick to the well-lit public areas.
- Be unpredictable
Varying your route and the time you run each day makes it harder for any would-be attacker to predict your whereabouts at any given time.
- Take your phone
Should you get into trouble or feel unsafe having a fully charged mobile phone means you can ring for help or get a friend to pick you up.
- Trust your instincts
Come across someone who makes you feel uncomfortable? Trust you gut. Cross the road, turn around and run the opposite direction or go into a house or shop and ask for assistance.
- Tell someone where you are going
Make sure your flatmates, friends or family know where you are going, what route you are taking and when to expect you back.
- Run with confidence
Forget the slow, meandering jog – hold your head up like you’re on a mission and run with confidence.
- Don’t engage with people in cars
Wave on anyone who pulls over in a car to ask for directions or approaches you for the time.
- Rethink wearing a pony tail
Hair pulled into a pony tail can make it easy for your assailant to grab and pull. A knotted bun or leaving your hair out is a better alternative
- Take a self-defence class
Knowing a few self-defence moves will make you feel like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and may save your life, or at least give you a good shot at getting away should you be attacked.