Who Should Women Runners Fear? It’s Not Who You Think

As I ran this morning on the treadmill, I watched Fox News cover the story of the female runners who had been recently murdered while out on a run. I watched the story transition from one about potential connections between the murders to one where a trained individual showed two women how to protect themselves from a stranger attack while on a run. He mimicked running behind each runner and using more » Read more

5 Medieval Weapons for Women Runners

Spring brings flowers, blue skies, and a yearly flood of articles on how to run safely outdoors as a woman. With such original victim-blaming nuggets as “don’t run by yourself in the dark” or “don’t say where you plan to run on social media” and, my personal favorite, “don’t run on the trails alone!” Because if someone decides to attack me, it’s definitely the woods’ fault. I’m not making light of more » Read more

Running Safety Starts on the Road

Last winter in Connecticut, Michael Walsh went for a run from his home. He was tragically hit and killed by a snow plow while running in the early morning darkness, on the wrong side of the street, under low-visibility weather conditions, wearing headphones, a white t-shirt and black pants, but without a light or any reflective gear on. Michael sadly made a lot of road safety mistakes that put him more » Read more

Terror on the Treadmill

Last weekend sealed the deal; I am a terror on a treadmill. It was a fairly normal weekend to begin with; I registered at the very last minute for The Sweet Tea half marathon, held in the birthplace of sweet tea, Summerville, South Carolina. Who knew? Until last year, not me. Then all I did know was that Charleston has the only tea plantation in North America. Anyway, that is how more » Read more

Hey Baby! Handling Harassment on the Run

Because I am a woman, if I am in public I will get harassed at some point. It has been happening since before puberty, as I’m sure every woman on the planet can relate. When I’m running it seems to happen more often than when I’m doing anything else, and I’m fed up. My nonrunner friends don’t understand. They just can’t relate to the volume of cat calls I’ve had to more » Read more

Safety Skin: a New Running Essential to Keep You Safe on the Roads

Do you run in the dark, whether it’s early in the morning or late at night? Are you often concerned about being seen but don’t want to wear the equivalent of an orange safety cone? What about when it’s warm out and you want to be free in your sports bra and shorts? That reflective vest sure gets in the way! Well, a good friend of mine has THE solution more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter Running with Babies and Pets

Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Like, realllly cold outside.  We are talking snot icicles. Snowy eyelash mascara. 5 layers of running clothes and a sexy gaiter face mask. Yea, it’s winter in the northeast! As of this writing it was 6 degrees with about 4 inches blanketing the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Icy patches made my 3 miler a bit treacherous. In a few days another clipper is supposed to more » Read more

Bonehead Season

First let me say that usually I feel very empowered when I eat miles or in lay people’s terms run. There is just something about hitting pavement one foot at a time that is awe inspiring and let’s be honest,  it does great things for the body. But every now and then I run into the boneheads. Let me explain. A bonehead is a gender neutral term (although my very more » Read more

5 Reasons to Turn off the Music

 To run with or without music? That is the question runners have been debating since the dawn of the walkman. You probably won’t be surprised to know that I am firmly in the anti-music camp for the most part. But this post isn’t about trying to convince you why I’m right because let’s face it, of course I am! I’m kidding! No, this post is about sharing my observations about more » Read more

Urban Running Safety

Without fail, the first question someone usually asks when she finds out I’m a New York City runner is, “Do you run in Central Park?”  The answer?  “Well no…I live in Brooklyn, so that’s a little far. And mostly I prefer to run on the streets.”  And the next question, without fail is, “Is that safe?” I’m fully confident that urban running is just as safe as running on a more » Read more

When the Only Safe Place to Run Is the Center of the Road

Even though the Boston Marathon is still two months away, the course is already busy on weekend mornings.  Locals start running the course – portions of it, at least – in January, ignoring the cold, snow, and hostility of sedentary motorists unwilling to share the road. Witness the complaint (right) to the Hopkinton Police Department: Officer O’Brien’s fine police work notwithstanding, let’s be honest:   At one point, the runners probably more » Read more

Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

Even though the worst of winter is behind us and the days are (slowly) getting longer, many of us are still heading to and from work in the dark. Which means that, as far as our weekday runs are concerned, we’re in the dark. Still. Hopefully most of you are only facing another few weeks of this, but it’s never too late to go over basic safety. If you already more » Read more

Running Accidents: Asphalt 1 – Ginkgo 0.

It’s said that all stereotypes have some truth to them, and for me, at least one is true: long distance runners tend to be a bit klutzy. Running takes mental toughness and lots of endurance, but of all the sports out there, it doesn’t require the most of coordination. Simply one foot in front of the other, right? When we think of running we don’t think of traumatic injuries that more » Read more

Running with Mace in the Woods: On Running Safety

A spice lesson, for anyone wondering about mace: It’s nutmeg, only meaner. (No offense to the Nutmeg of Salty, who can definitely hold her own in combat, whether verbal or physical!) I knew nothing about mace, the spice, until last week, and since they don’t stock it at my usual grocery store, I had to do some sleuthing. Turns out, both mace and nutmeg come from the seed of the more » Read more