Here’s a real-life situation that has inspired these tips for running safely, especially for female runners.
Bob Marley once said, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice”. These words may just have been a quote to Kelly Herron- until the day when being strong during a spine chilling ordeal, was her only choice.
Kelly was allegedly attacked in a public restroom at a Seattle park during an afternoon run. She later wrote on her Instagram the following :
“My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming (“Not today, M**F**er!”), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defence class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is “Not today motherf**ker!”