Everything you need to know so that when you go out to run at night, you do it in the safest way.
With the change of season that steals the light of the sun, the season of going out to run begins when the lampposts have already been turned on. Although training at night can be relaxing, it also requires a little more caution, not only in wearing reflective clothing to be more visible, but also in avoiding being attacked by sexual offenders, as was the case of athlete Julia Takacs last August.
So much so that in Spain has created a platform that helps to put in touch girls who have in common their love of running, but do not want to do it alone. It is known as Synchronized and there are already more than 11,000 registered in this running club. In addition, they usually make multitudinous gatherings where thousands of girls from all over the country congregate to run together.
But if you can’t do it accompanied, runner and self-defense instructor Julie Barron Morrill has given four guidelines for not becoming potential victims of an attack while running out to get out of the situation successfully.
- Think of a plan for an uncomfortable situation or an attack. “Try to anticipate how you would respond to an aggression before it happens. Morrill advises going with head held high and shoulders back: “an attacker will not choose someone who is confident and alert.
- If something happens, the first thing to do is run away, says Morrill. “You’re out running, so run. Running away from an uncomfortable situation may seem impolite, but Morrill advises leaving manners aside if the situation requires it.
- If you’ve been cornered and can’t run away, shout with all your might. Morrill recommends using clear phrases such as: “Get off! Another option is to say something that doesn’t make sense: your attacker will be bewildered and you will gain time. Have a sentence ready before you leave.
- Attacking is the last option, says Morrill. First, avoid being knocked out: bend your knees, advance your torso, stick your chin in and protect your face with your arms. If he catches you from behind, hit his face with his elbow. And if it’s in front, a kick in the crotch can be very effective.