1. Take a self-defense class.Consider taking self-defense classes to learn how to defend yourself in case of an emergency. It improves your street awareness. It builds confidence. It works on your balance. These types of classes teaches you do two things at once without falling over. It helps develop self-discipline. It helps improve your physical conditioning. It teaches you self-respect it also helps you develop a warrior spirit. It has a positive influence on your life. It will help you with goal setting. Every woman should do this. Google them, call your neighborhood police division, check college assets.
2. Before running, ask yourself, “What if someone tries to attack me today?”I know This doesn’t sound good, but it will help you prepare before anything bad happens. Think of how you will respond in the event if something goes wrong. But don’t let this thought scare you out of running. Don’t give this idea a chance to stop you from running. That isn’t the point by any means.
3. Don’t use Headphones.I’m guilty of not following this rule myself. If you running while listening to music, the least you can do is to keep the volume down. Make sure you can hear things with the earbuds in. Don’t use Headphones which prevents you from hearing sounds of surrounding.
4. Always carry your phone during your run.Whether you want to use a running app, take pictures, or be ready for an emergency, there are plenty of reasons to carry your smartphone with you on the run. Make sure it’s fully charged and that you have programmed in emergency contacts.
5. Don’t be predictable Mix up your routes.Only let loved ones know where you will be running that day and don’t post your routes on social media. Tell someone where you’re going: Let a friend or family member know your route and estimated return time. Run during daylight hours: Whenever possible, try to run during daylight hours when visibility is better and there are more people around.
6. Always run with pepper spray or a taser designed specifically for runners.Consider carrying pepper spray or a personal alarm for added security. At running stores, you can easily find these. Their hand straps designed specifically for runners.
7. If you run at night, run in a well-lit area.With busy schedules and shorter days sometimes we have to run at night. First, consider the treadmill. If you want to run outside make sure that you are running in a well-lit, populated area. Be sure to follow the usual safety precautions. Wear reflective clothing: If you must run at night or in low-light conditions, be sure to wear reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.
8. Trust your instinct if something feels off.It’s important to trust your instincts when you’re out running. If something feels off, or if you sense that something might not be right, it’s best to remove yourself from the situation. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions such as wearing headphones or being engrossed in your phone. It’s also important to have an exit plan in case you need to quickly change your route. Always know the location of the nearest public places such as shops, cafes, or other places where you can seek help if needed. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, and if something feels off, don’t hesitate to take action to protect yourself. Trusting your instincts can be the difference between a safe and an unsafe run.
9. Don’t look at the ground Make eye contact with other runners.If you look at the ground or you look absent-minded or distracted, the attacker thinks that you didn’t notice them. If you look them in the eye, they know you got a good look at them and could identify them if you had to.
10. Ponytail is easy to grab, reconsider it.Attacker can easily grab your ponytail, so consider putting your hair up in a bun instead.
11. make sure you know your routes.Mix them up, but make sure you know where you are at and where you are going at all times. Only your loved ones should know about your routes and don’t post your routes on social media. There are several running apps that allow you to share your location with a friend or family member, so they can track your progress and ensure you’re safe.
It’s important to remember that while it’s important to take precautions, most people are not at risk while running alone. The above tips are simply intended to help women feel more confident and secure while running alone. And always remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.