How to Stay Safe While Running at Night
Running should be a safe activity for everyone, but this isn’t always the case. For example, 60% of women have been harassed while running — that’s over half!
However, running is very important to many people’s physical and mental health, and you shouldn’t have to give it up.
How do you stay safe while doing it, especially if running at night? Read on for some tips.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
Staying safe while going for a run involves being aware of your surroundings. Even if you love to jam in both earphones and turn the volume to the max, it may not be the best idea — especially while going for a run at night.
Make sure you can hear what’s going on around you. Don’t get too involved in your phone or thoughts and make sure you stay observant.
Don’t Share Your Route Publicly
Many people love to share their achievements when running, whether that’s because they’ve gotten faster or they’re managing to go for longer distances. Many apps will track your route and allow you to share it online to brag about your accomplishments.
This, however, is a bad idea.
If someone is planning to attack you, it’s all too easy for them to pop onto your social media and see exactly where to find you.
Share Your Location With a Loved One
While you shouldn’t share your location publicly, you should share it with a loved one. Turn on an app on your phone that allows someone to see your location so if there’s anything strange going on or you don’t get home on time, they can immediately spot your location.
Find a Partner
Why not find a running partner? There’s safety in numbers, and running with someone else may deter attackers.
You’ll just have to make sure you have a similar fitness level so you can effectively run together for the whole route!
Taking self-defense classes is another great idea for staying safe while going for a run at night.
There are many different kinds of classes that work for different people, but they will give you the tools needed to be confident in your ability to protect yourself.
Carry Pepper Spray
Pepper spray for runners can be a fantastic tool in staying safe. It’s legal to carry in most states and it can hit multiple attackers at once.
It also leaves no permanent damage and doesn’t require training to be used, so you can whip it out and not be held back by hesitation and worry.
It’s also easy to conceal and small, so you can find a place for it in your running gear — unlike with many other heavier, larger weapons!
Stay Safe When Running at Night
Many people love running at night. It’s peaceful and it might be a convenient time for them to do so when they have other responsibilities throughout the day.
However, although you shouldn’t have to give this up, it’s important to protect yourself. Make sure you follow these self-defense tips and keep yourself safe when engaging in your favorite activity.
For more lifestyle tips and advice, check out the rest of our blog!