If you are a follower of running blogs I’m sure you’ve heard of Sherry Arnold.
She’s the runner from Montana who was kidnapped and murdered on Jan 7, 2011.
It’s a horrible tragedy and it has rocked the (running) world.
I can’t stop thinking about her family, her husband, her kids.
There are two evil men in jail that have admitted to killing her, though her body still has not been found.
details below are from Beth (SUaR)The virtual run will be on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. MST.
- Print out a running bib and pin it to your shirt
You can find it HERE
Gather your friends, your running club members, your families
If it’s wet where you are, “laminate” your bib with postage tape and punch holes in it
If that time doesn’t work, go when you can
GO. Run as far and as long as you want. Walk, hike, cycle, rollerblade if you don’t want to or can’t run.
Please share this on your blogs, Facebooks and Twitters
Keep it simple. Just run with Sherry on your minds and hearts.
I WILL BE RUNNING THIS SATURDAY IN SHERRY’S HONOR.
Dimity, from Another Mother Runner states it perfectly:
“I want the earth to shake in Sherry’s honor.”
I will run for her, for her children and for her husband.
Will you join all the runners on Saturday?
if you do run for Sherry this Saturday and blog about it or take a picture, shoot an email to Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward them to Sherry’s family.
For my local Utah County chicas who run, did you hear about the 20 year old girl who was attacked and sexually assaulted on the Provo River Trail last night? Her attacker is still on the loose. This creep needs to be caught and taken off the streets. According to the KSL article the girl fought back and escaped with superficial wounds from her attacker and is expected to make a full recovery.
She was lucky. She got away. She’s alive.
Sherry wasn’t so lucky.
I’ve been wanting to write a blog on runner safety after hearing about Sherry.
Not because I’m an expert.
Because I think we all need to be reminded that we are never 100 % safe.
But we should do everything in our power to be as safe as we can while we run.
here are the things I do to stay safe while running:
1. Run with pepper spray
I have ALWAYS ran with a pepper spray canister.
I tell every runner I know to buy pepper spray.
it’s cheap (around $15) and easy to carry (see my scrunchy key chain, which also holds my house key)
I’ve never had to use mine. *knocking on wood*
Keep in mind they can also protect you from a dog attack.
Most pepper sprays do have an expiration date and if they are used once it is best to replace. The keychain canisters usually only hold a few “attacks”. My Momma suggests replacing it yearly on your birthday. No better present than protecting yourself.
2. I use a headlight and reflectors
|me and my bff headlamp|
|reflector and blinkee thingee. love it.|
doesn’t keep me safe from creepers, but I am visible and easily seen by road traffic.
3. One earphone for the ipod
If I’m running solo I will only use one earphone and my volume is low, just loud enough that I can barely hear the music. I still want to be able to hear oncoming traffic and hear people approaching me.
4. Let my Hubby know when I’m leaving
I always let Diz know when I’m leaving for a run, how many miles, and when to expect me back.
My Mom leaves a sticky note for my Dad.
make sure someone knows you are leaving and when to expect you back and where you are running.
I tend to run the same general loop. I have a 6, 8, and 10 mile loop that Diz knows and would know where to look for me if I didn’t show up when expected. My shorter runs (3-4 miles) tend to vary.
5. wear my RoadID
it has my name, age, and emergency contact info. It has Diz’s and my Momma’s phone numbers so they can be contacted if I’m hurt and cannot communicate with emergency personnel.
it never leaves my shoe. EVER.
you can order yours here.
I have the ShoeID, but there are many other options.
and from now on:
6. Run with your phone
I used to hate the idea of bringing my phone on a run.
What if I lost it? It’s too heavy. Too bouncy.
Well… eff that. I want my phone.
I want to be able to call someone if I need help.
Or even if I need to call for help for someone else.
I have a spibelt that fits my phone perfectly along with a gel packet or two.
(the comments have a lot of great tips as well)
I have to be completely honest though.
Since I first heard of Sherry’s disappearance, I haven’t run solo outside once.
I’m suddenly terrified. I envision the worst things along my running routes and I decide to hit the dready tready instead.
Last night I decided I’d run the 2 miles to Elevated CrossFit and I felt like I was on high alert the entire time.
I had my phone in jacket pocket, my pepper spray, and my reflectors. I ran an 8:11 pace, which is pretty close to my 5k PR pace (I’m still shocked I ran that fast). I’m sure my heart rate was racing the entire time. I had a hard time cooling down/getting my heart rate to slow when I got to the gym.
and I hate that I still have so much anxiety about running outside alone. The logical side of me knows that there is danger out there always, but for some reason, Sherry’s story just HIT ME, hard, and I’m scared. Even though I didn’t know her, she was a kindred spirit, another runner, a sister, a friend. I know I’ll eventually get the courage to get back outside for a solo run.
Maybe on Saturday when I’m running for Sherry 🙂
Let’s make the earth shake for Sherry.
what are some of your safety tips, never leave home without’s, must haves for running?
are you going to run for Sherry on Saturday?