This is a Brilliant Post from Saltyrunning.com
I Will Always Run Where I want To
Yet I will run where I want to run, damn it. I will run early in the
morning like Sarah and I will run alone on trails like Chelsea. I won’t
be stupid, but I also will not become a paranoid mess trying to avoid
something that is so rare and unlikely and so so out of my control. I
doubt either Sarah or Chelsea did anything wrong or could have avoided
their fate. To think otherwise is blaming the victim and and in a way
pointing the finger at her running. I refuse to do that. You see women
are attacked, raped and murdered when going shopping, yet no one seems
to have a call to arms that women stop shopping alone or stop shopping
at night or only go to stores with their dog.
It is very unlikely that a crazed maniac will ever be waiting for me
out on those trails. It is also unlikely that a crazed maniac will ever
be waiting for me in the parking lot of the grocery store as I make a
quick stop for milk for my kids or a crazed maniac will find a way into
my home and wait for me when I get there. Living my life assuming there
is a crazed maniac lurking around every corner is not living, at least
in my mind. Of course I will be alert and try to avoid shopping at 2:00
a.m. and I will lock my doors and take reasonable safety precautions.
But, damn it, I will always run where I want to.
I will not wear headphones and I will be alert. I’ll always know
where I am and know how to get to other people. I will trust my
instincts and I will do whatever I need to do to protect myself should I
be confronted by a threat. I will frequently switch up my routes and
the time of day that I run. These are all precautions that make sense
for me. But I won’t be scared and, damn it, I won’t quit doing what I
I am by no means advocating ignoring safety experts in any way. What I
am suggesting is that we look at these guides and do what is reasonable
to do in our lives. If a woman runner is murdered it IS NOT HER FAULT
even if she wore headphones or ran alone or didn’t bring pepper spray or
ran at night or ran naked by herself on the trails at night wearing
headphones. We have to be sensible and protect ourselves the best we
can, but we also must continue living despite the possibility that
awful things might happen.
So run where you want to run, because I will. Damn it.
I wish my wife could read this.