Readers Roundtable: What to Do About Harrassment

Every day lately, there’s a new viral article about the harassment and threats women runners face when daring to run in public. It’s like suddenly publishers and social media users everywhere learned what dedicated women runners have known all along — women runners deal with annoying, intimidating, or even threatening harassment frequently. How novel! So now the media has graduated from telling women what they should do to run without being more » Read more

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

What Were You Wearing?

“What were you wearing?” That is exactly what my supposed friend asked me when I called her shortly after I was stalked while running. “Excuse me?” was all I could form my lips to utter. I was very upset. Hurtfully, that was the response from many other women. Not that it mattered, but I was in my usual running attire: running bra, shorts, shoes, and socks. Fortunately the police did not more » Read more

Snakes on the Run

As if it’s not enough to worry about human predators while we’re running, there’s a whole other species to watch out for in summer:  snakes. Runner’s World says it’s rare to encounter snakes on a run, but the editors must be spending too much time in the city.  I’ve leapt over three on the trail in the past month alone.  In New England, where I live, we’ve had a lot 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

Run with All Your Hart: A Tribute to Slain Runner Sarah Hart

On June 14, 31-year-old Sarah Roberts Hart was killed while finishing up her morning run in Russell County, Kentucky. She wasn’t feeling well, and had turned back early on her running route with her sister. Somewhere en route to her car, the pregnant Hart was attacked and murdered. Her attack really hit home here at Salty Running and caused us to contemplate balancing running safely with continuing to do what more » Read more

Why I Will Always Run Where I Want To

Last Wednesday I had a babysitter but couldn’t nail down a running date. It was hot and I could think of nothing better than a solo run on my favorite trails. Yet, I couldn’t help wondering if that was irresponsible of me. I’m a mother of two young children and have a lot of people counting on me. What if something happens to me? “Maybe I should run on the more » Read more

Women’s Safety: Running Free in a Scary World

Title IX led the way for women (and women runners) to those places once off limits. And with that freedom came power. Yet, in such a big, BIG world, one can still feel powerless. Especially on the roads. Alone. At night. Heck, even during the day. The stories are a plenty, sadly. As a runner, and especially a woman runner, one must recognize that as soon as your feet leave more » Read more