What would you do?

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25/10/2007 at 13:52

I run at 6 am twice a week, on different days.  A woman has been attacked on a local footpath at 11 oclock at night in my area.  My husband now wants me not to run (understandably). If I dont run then, I dont run, other than a weekend run. I always stick to main roads that are well lit and always see people walking their dogs.  Its possible for me to run afterwork at 6pm in the dark, but it would eat into time that I spend with him and doing dinner etc, so I don't think he would be very happy with that either.

What do I do???????????????

25/10/2007 at 14:08

If you onyl run twice a week get him to cook on those days and run int he evening?

Carry on running in the morning....but carry a personal alarm?

Get him to join you on a pushbike or run too? (Im assuming you dont have kids?)

25/10/2007 at 14:11

To be honest most of the dodgy people out there are tucked up in bed at 6am. 

Why not vary your route, times and days for a while?

25/10/2007 at 14:13

Don't think you'd neccessarily be any more, or less, safe at 6pm than 6am. 

I'd go some way to ensuring my safely by carrying an alarm or leaving a note of my route and ETA (if possible) then go out and run. there are nutters and bad peeps around everywhere to some extent, I think it's important that the rest of us don't become prisoners in our homes because of them.

25/10/2007 at 14:21

I do have kids, but they are 14 and I run before they get up and i have to take them to school.  Hubby goes off to work at 5.30.  I am just very aware of not letting my running interfere with everyone else. I alter my route as much as I can.

Thanks everyone

25/10/2007 at 14:23

Find a running partner?  My house mate and fellow runner often goes out early before work but meets up with others to do so. They have quite a good running club at work.  Other than that I agree with Nick, carry a personal alarm if it makes life easier. 

Run 1 morning and 1 evening vary it each week that way it's a nice compromise on eating into your evening time?

There are some dodgy people out there but so long as we are aware of the dangers that is no reason to stop doing what we do. 

Farnie    pirate
25/10/2007 at 14:24
was she attacked on a road where you run?  was she a runner?
25/10/2007 at 14:27

YEs....good idea of Lynn....join a club, that way you will be guaranteed 1 'safe' group run per week.....and also meet new people which you can find a running partner.

Surely at 14 your kids and hubby wont mind that? Besides, if it is anything like the club I run for, partners and kids often turn up anyway - especially at the social things.

.....or get yourself a Tazer!?????!

Farnie    pirate
25/10/2007 at 14:29

If they are 14 they should be making their own blummin tea!!! Get them something nice out of M&S to go in the micorwave, and go out with the Womens Running Network maybe?

 This time of year we always get loads of new members for much the same reason.  Its not nice running on your own in the dark?

Or could you run at lunchtime at work one day a week?

Get a dog?

25/10/2007 at 14:35

.....you know there could be a 'market' in like male running escorts????!

I could set up my own company......?

Farnie    pirate
25/10/2007 at 14:38


I'd join.....

25/10/2007 at 14:40
You could be on a winner there Nick !
25/10/2007 at 14:44

women hunting in packs again!

I see farine is once again in there..............

25/10/2007 at 14:46
You going on the escorts list TT......?
25/10/2007 at 14:49
....TT, me and you mate.....you can be the brains, I can be the beau......no actually....er....I can be the brains....you can.....ahhh hang on that sounds a bit gay.....ummmmm Should we get Coops and M1 in on this? Or will that scare them away?
Farnie    pirate
25/10/2007 at 14:49

who the F is farine?

And packs? WTF, Theres only me and runnersbean (I think) who are female and posted.

25/10/2007 at 14:49
"I am just very aware of not letting my running interfere with everyone else"

Why should you have to ensure that your running doesn't interfere with everyone else? You have a right to a life too!

Your husband and kids are big enough to look out for themselves occasionally, and surely your kids should be learning how to feed themselves?

Anyway, I would think you'd be as safe at 6.00 am as at 6.00 pm, so you should choose which you prefer.
25/10/2007 at 14:53

....Totally agree with Wilkie on this one.

.....or get some pepper spray as well as the Tazer???

25/10/2007 at 14:54

Why should you have to ensure that your running doesn't interfere with everyone else? You have a right to a life too!

Agreed !!

Farine I'm female !

25/10/2007 at 14:56
I only have my kids every other week so I like to spend as much time with them as poss.  Husband works such long hours that I like to make the most of that to.  The WRN dont run at times that suit me.  Hence the early start.  Its complicated.  Lunch break is only half an hour.
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