Monday, February 9, 2009

Go Rockstars!!!

Hi Wasatch Back Friends. I hate that I'm missing all the training fun. I wish I could join all of you. I started the training schedule provided on the ragnar relay website and I feel pretty good so far. I was excited to see the legs that I have been assigned. I really can't wait! Training so far has been great, I made the goal to run in the early am and not take my huge jogging stroller out with me. I have been a little concerned about safety. It's not like I live in the ghetto, but I am surprised how many shifty looking characters seem to be out and about at 6:30 in the morning. So... any ideas on how to feel safer? I am trying to recruit some friends to run with me, but so far no one wants to get up that early, so it's just me. It will be nice once the weather is warmer and I can run with my kids. The stroller is not my favorite thing to push, but I love the strength it builds in my arms. Anyway, I'm rambling now, so I just wanted to let you all know that even though I can't be at the meetings or any of the runs you do between now and June, I am there in spirit!


  1. A couple things I've done to feel safer on early morning runs: My elderly neighbor has a dog that I would bring along sometimes. She actually quite appreciates me doing it, cause the dog needs the exercise, and she can't always take him. But...dogs poop and stuff, so most of the time I just carry a knife, mace, or even a pistol. One thing for sure-- DON'T wear earbuds, or only wear one in one ear, so you can hear if someone's near. Having blasting earphones on makes you an easy target.

  2. i agree with Sharlynn, the only time i run with music is in the middle of the day or in a race. dogs are awesome if you have that option.

    one thing amanda and i do since we tend to run through seedier areas:

    -we always look at every random man in the eye and say "good morning" stats show that 9/10 if they think you can recognize them they won't attack.
    -i used to carry mace. i never had to use it, but it was good to have as a precaution.
    -wear bright clothing.

  3. When I am alone on the trails I run with mace too. It is a pain to carry, but good peace of mind. I bought mine at a running store and it just straps around my hand so it isn't as big of a deal to bring along. It will be great to meet you in person!!