Hi FAB Friends! It’s been awhile – actually a LONG while since I have blogged. Thanks for your patience during my hiatus.
I am returning to blogging to highlight a topic that is very important to me. Runner Safety. We heard of so many stories of accidents, injuries and unfortunately murders. As a runner, I have seen in my share of scary moments and I hope that what I can offer you will give you pointers on keeping you safe.
My biggest safety tip? While may not be popular, I believe will be a necessary step for both men and women.
Stop posting your runs on social media or any mile tracking website or app like MapMyRun. Strava, DailyMile or more. By posting where you run is giving anyone the information of where you started and where you finished. If you are on the road, you will usually start your watch near your home, right? Guess what? You have told social media where you live. Go the same 5 mile route every Wednesday? Guess what? You just told a would-be weirdo where you will be each Wednesday. Looking at the generic image below, can you see how anyone can see a pattern of where you might live and where you run?
You can still log your miles without giving the details of your location. If you want to post your pace, you can manually do that.
In 2012, I removed all the courses from my logging website because I had been met up by “surprise” by a few runners who were following me. I had never met them and never knew who they were. Did they cause me any physical harm? No, but they certainly freaked me out by total strangers standing on the street corner waiting for me.
Secondly, I am told that a murder took place because the murderer followed his victim on a logging website and knew her pattern.
This is not a negotiable option for me, I have turned down sponsorships & ambassadorships because they require the team posts their works-outs. I won’t tell anyone where I am running (except my immediate family of course) and I certainly don’t put it on social media. You have given the world that option if you do post on social media and on the logging websites like MapMyRun, Strava and DailyMile.
Note: I think the websites are a wonderful tool! My opinion is not a reflection of their service, but of those who take advantage of that information and could potentially cause harm to someone else.
Be safe, FAB Friends!
Next safety blog post: Guest post from Ladah Law Firm, PLLC of Las Vegas.