It’s a beautiful day today and I spent the morning at an awesome dog park with my very small (but very tough) dog, Spike. There are various trails to follow throughout a massive stretch of land. Of course, everyone else was out enjoying the day as well so it was a little crowded. When we go during the week we often have empty trails to ourselves. It reminded me of all the questions I got this semester about being safe while jogging alone. I imagine, most of which came from the tragic Chelsea King murder.
Now that the weather is getting nice and we’re all spending more time outside, maybe getting in shape for summer -I figured I would throw out some reminders:
TRUST YOUR INTUITION
If you arrive to the park , trail or other location and feel that something is “off”, then choose a back-up plan. Maybe your local high school track or the gym.
Take a look at your surroundings. Are you the only one there? If not, who is there- families, other joggers, creepy weirdos?
Stay aware. It’s hard not to get in “the jogging zone” but be sure to stop and check your surroundings every so often.
BE A BAD VICTIM
Make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you back.
Choose public areas and jog during daylight hours.
Use the buddy system. Jog with friends or teammates when you can.
Leave your IPOD at home. You’re ahead of the game if you can hear what’s going on around you.
Now…go out and enjoy this great weather!