Today was a day of remembrance and awareness as many runners dedicated their Saturday run to “Megs Miles” www.megsmiles.com. Meg Cross Menzies was a mother and avid runner in the Richmond Virginia area who was killed by a drunk driver while running the morning of January 13th. In memory of Meg, today was dedicated to raising awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and the overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.
The organizers of this event want us to “Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it — for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold… everything.” We should not take this event lightly. Please be careful my friends. My own running community has experienced a tragedy not that long ago that affected us all greatly. With sadness we realized that we cannot ignore safety even on our regular routes in our own neighborhoods. I could not get out today, but my 8 miles yesterday was in honor of Meg and our great friend Carol and her family.
We should also remember that we are strong – as a running community and as individuals. And we are stronger because we run. My friend Tara posted this today to remind us of this fact.
So be safe, be strong and keep running.
Safety Tips For Runners: (http://www.active.com/running/articles/6-running-safety-tips)
- Do not run alone
- Do not run with headphones
- Alter your route
- Run against traffic
- S-I-N-G (solar plexis, instep, nose, groin) If you are attacked from behind, elbow your attacker in the stomach, stomp on their instep, turn and push the heel of your hand into their nose, then knee their groin. Practice this a few times at home.
- Carry runner’s mace
So, I am wondering, how do you stay safe while running?