Friday, November 12, 2010

Stay Safe Out There

I have been thinking a lot about yesterday's blog post especially after some comments from readers.  I always love and appreciate all comments I get, so please keep them coming - I want to continually improve, and your comments help me do that.

I think I was remiss when I did not say if you do run at night, stay safe out there. 

Be Safe and Aware
Anne Marie from AM Goals For the Week commented yesterday, reminding me to take precautions - be safe and aware.  This is important for all runners, espeshally women, who are the most common victims of an attack. 

Sometimes I am a bit blinded by where I live, and forget that most of the rest of the world lives in places a lot less remote than I do, with a lot more people in their town (or city) than 60.  My most likely attacker on a run is going to be (literally) a rutting moose or a pack of coyotes. I carry mace for those reasons, but it is also a good back up in case one of those two legged predators decide to make their way to my little town.

A coworker of Anne Marie's was attacked on a morning run.  In her blog she outlines things you can do to stay safe.  I just want to repeat those here: run with a group, take a self defense class, carry mace, carry your cell, run with your dog, run in VERY well lit roads. Check out her blog for the full story about how her and a group of co-workers took back their morning run after the attack. Thank you Anne Marie for the reminder.

Be Seen
Kevin from Ironman By Thirty posted a video that I am going to re-post here.  When you do run at night, make sure you are visible.  I run with a Brooks Night Life Jacket and a headlamp backwards on my head.  And to date, I have not seen a car on my "in town" run.  But if I do, I want to be sure they see me. 

There are a lot of different types of reflective gear out there, it is a must have it you plan on running at night, even under lights.

This video (re-posted from Kevin's blog) makes it crystal clear how important reflective gear is.



Stay safe, run hard, and have fun out there! 

21 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This was a great post and reminder for us all

Copychic said...

Great post! I love running at night now that the time has changed, so this was a good reminder to make sure I can be seen.

Quinton J said...

Great video. It really illustrates how invisible we can be.

Luke said...

great post!

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Chubby said...

I actually think that dusk is the most dangerous time, because since WE (runners, bikers) have enough light to see, we assume erroneously that we can BE seen. I notice as a driver that it's incredibly difficult to see people in low light, and folks out at that time seem less likely than people out in the full-on dark to have light-colored, reflect clothing and lights.

Like you I live in a low-traffic area, so when I do encounter a car from dusk onwards I get myself fully off the shoulder of the road. I figure a moment stopped beats a month in traction.

Velma said...

All great points - be careful!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Hey girl;)

great post, and reminder to be safe, visible and aware on our runs;)

happiest friday!!

She said I need a goal said...

That video is scary! With it getting dark out so early these days this is a great reminder. I don't like running in the dark but I don't have much choice.

Emz said...

This is awesome.

Even though I don't get "outside" much. I need the reminder.

Happy Friday!!

Christi said...

Thanks for all the great reminders!

Regina said...

I read her post. Unfortunately, we had a few early morning attacks near my home over the summer, in daylight!! Very unsettling. It's why I don't run at night or in the dark of morning.

I'm guessing a nice knitted hat with reflective yarn might help keep my safe ;)

Jason said...

Great job with this post and it truly is a great reminder. I finally bought my first headlamp and tail light two weeks ago b/c I was running in Mississippi in unfamiliar territory, but what I failed to recognize is the fact that just because I know my route doesn't mean I don't need to use precaution.

Thank you very much for the post.

KJ said...

WOW. What an incredible video on this post. I seriously had no idea it was that difficult to see people at night even if they are wearing white shirts. Holy cow. This completely changes my perspective on my night time dog walks. Funny, my dogs have more reflective gear than I do!

That will change NOW, thanks to this video.

I'm still in shock.

Thanks for sharing!

JohnP said...

we just began night running. I think my biggest fear is a pack of coyotes. Not sure what to do in that case, there are alot of them where we run.

I feel sorry for the guy that jumps me.... he's going to have a very bad day.

RockStarTri said...

Good video. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to go run in the dark....

Patrick Mahoney said...

That's a great demonstration video. Thanks for posting.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great follow up!

TreeMapper said...

Thanks for the great reminder. What scares me most while night running are the drivers who think they see something but aren't sure. Theyr'e the ones that drive straight at you and panic swerve last minute to miss what they were aiming at. I always wear reflective stuff and watch headlights, ready to dive over the gardrail or into the ditch... just in case....

Robin said...

Great post! That video was eye-opening! I have some great reflective gear I wear from dusk on. And even though I teach kickboxing/self defense, I carry mace whenever I'm going to be running on a trail or other non-public place.

Julie said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful tips Mandy! We all need to keep in mind that safety is a must! I will always remember no white at night!! I never knew...thanks.