On the other hand, never forget safety.
Although you should not run scared, or feel the need to use a treadmill all the time, be informed and prepared. A good exercise to run through regularly is "what would I do if...?" Take steps to make yourself a less likely victim. Prevention is mostly attitude and common sense. Attackers are looking for a target that won't give them trouble. Your job is to project the message that you would be a formidable force.
The best way to project toughness is to actually feel tough. The following list includes prevention tips that you can practice when you're running the roads or trails.
* Carry mace. Check with your local police department to make sure there aren't restrictions on mace in your area. Mace or pepper spray is not only an effective self-defense strategy, it helps you feel more secure.
* Make eye contact. When a man approaches a woman, the normal response is to look away or look down. This shows weakness and can mark you as a good victim. But don't let eye contact linger--that can be provocative.
* Don't wear headphones. An attacker knows you can't hear him coming. Tune in and be aware of everything around you.
* Don't run alone in the dark.
* Trust your instincts. This can be your most important self-defense tool. If something feels creepy and dangerous, respond to your inner voice and change direction.
* Run with a buddy, or even better, in a pack.
* Don't wear jewelry.
* Take a martial arts course. The cross training can be great and the self-defense skills you learn are a lifetime advantage.
You can avoid risky situations by just making wise choices. With the right planning, the joy of running should be unspoiled for a lifetime. (CN)
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|Title Annotation:||crime prevention, safety for runners|
|Publication:||Running & FitNews|
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|Date:||Oct 1, 1999|
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