Fitting in my runs when I actually can find the time is one of the main reasons why I’m still on track with my training for this marathon. With five kids I really have to be flexible to get my workouts in on some days. My husband worries when I run after dark, so I always carry a cell phone when I run and try to stay close to home after dark.

My run last night was entirely in my neighborhood and there were many neighbors out walking dogs, riding bikes and such still here at 9, so I didn’t feel too worried.

Being attacked on a run by either a loose, angry dog or a rapist is definitely something I’ve thought about and have a fear of. I read the autobiography of the Central Park Jogger last year and it increased my paranoia about such things. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, bad guys come out in the daytime and at night. I could run on a treadmill in the safety of my home — but I’d feel that the “bad guys” had won since I wouldn’t be doing what I love — enjoying the beauty of nature with the breeze blowing through my hair as I run. And, sadly, even in my home, I’m not really safe. My own Grandmother was attacked and raped in her senior citizen apartment house when I was 10 years old – and we lived in a “safe”, small town.  Horrible things happen sometimes. I wish they didn’t.

I rarely run my long runs solo anymore since I’m out there for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours. Dh feels I’m safer when I’m with a pal on those runs. I wish we women didn’t have to fear for our lives while getting in some exercise. I’m so sorry that your friend was attacked, but I’m so inspired that she got away!!!! How scary

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