I’m sure most of you have heard about the string of murders of female runners the last week or so. In case you haven’t, Runner’s World published an article that discusses the recent events. You can read it here
My thoughts and prayers are with these ladies and their families. My heart is breaking because of all of this.
In the wake of these events, there’s been a flurry of articles on how to increase safety. It’s easy for these articles or even friends, family or other runners to tell you to run with a friend or to always change up your route or to never run at the same time. Obviously, those all make sense.
But it’s not that easy. Some of us do not have the luxury of running throughout the day or to have running friends ready to run at all hours of the day. What do we do then?
I have a very small window when I can run in the mornings. Sure, I can run earlier, but does that increase my safety or decrease it b/c now it’s that much earlier (which = darker and less populated)? So for me, running at the same time trumps trying to alter my departure time each morning.