Today is Monday, marking less than one week until I run the half. And I am sure you're bored to tears hearing about it, but bear with me. I am learning some beneficial things.
Things learned yesterday on a 10 mile run all around our town:
1.Don't run all around town. Some parts of town are not meant for a solo runner. Especially a woman. Pick areas that are well populated and where you are close to familiar landmarks ie: family friends, the local coffee shop, etc.
2. Don't run in spandex shorts. Though they are THE most comfortable shorts to run in( no chaffing, no wedgies,etc.), they only attract negative attention from different cultures of men in passing. Just not a good thing when you're running far from home.
3. Be on you're guard at all times. If you sense something is wrong, take the headphones off. Listen for cars slowing as they pass you or footsteps edging up.
4. Scream "NO" when a dog comes charging out of a yard. It usually stops them, letting them know you're the boss.
5. Be prepared. Have a phone. Pepper spray or a tazer. Something, if you need it.
6. Always let someone know your running path, what time you begin, and your projected end time.
I think it is all too easy to forget how dangerous a world we live in. Watch the news and you can't forget. I know for myself that when I am running, I feel empowered and full of confidence and energy. It is a good thing to feel that way to make it through those long runs, but don't let it distract you from the real world.
I hate to be a downer, but I got a dose of reality yesterday and I won't forget it.