I have an awesome giveaway for you today from SABRE and you do not want to miss out on this… It is for something that EVERY outdoor runner needs!!!
Let’s talk about the reason I actually started running in the first place. Rewind to many many years ago (going on 18 years now!!) and my sister would go running by herself at night. She has always been into fitness and working out (I got that love for running from her, that is for sure) and running at night was her favorite way to relieve stress. We lived in the same house at this time, (the one my parents live in now) which is in a very safe neighborhood so running at night really didn’t seem like a big deal to her as a teenager. We also live in Utah which also seems to be a pretty safe area in general BUT when my sister started running alone by herself at night my mom decided to go the police station to get the police statistics for attacks/rapes in the county. She showed them to my sister and it was an eyeopener FOR SURE and from then on my sister ran during the daylight hours and brought me along most of the time with her. That is why I started running in the very beginning, running in pairs is always safer so my running began. Running with my sister (and the amazing memories I have over the years of us running together are my absolute favorite).
Just a month ago I was reminded all over again that yes, it seems like we live in a very safe area but things still happen and I need to do everything I can to protect myself while running outside. I was running on the Provo River Trail at about 9 in the morning when a biker stopped me. The biker told me to turn around right that second because just around the next turn (not that many strides up ahead) was a man doing some pretty crazy stuff (I won’t go into details because I don’t want to type those words). He told me that he had just called the cops but he was now warning anyone near the area. I think I ran a 5 minute mile in the other direction. It scared the living daylights out of me and I am so beyond grateful for the biker that came to warn me. I don’t want this to be a downer post, I just want it to be a huge reminder that WE NEED TO BE SMART out on the roads and trails each day as we are logging in the miles.
I think something we can all do today is come up with a plan for maximizing our safety while out on a run.
Some things that I do:
*I always have my phone with me while I run.
*I try to always stick to running on busier roads and running/bike trails that have people all along the way.
*I do not run when it is dark by myself. If I need to run when it is dark I have three options: bring a friend with me, run on the treadmill or have my dad follow me in the car until it is light outside. Below picture that my dad took from his car during a 20 mile run we started at 4 AM together.
But after that scare last month I added a very important thing to my plan for safety!
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Let’s talk about the Runner Pepper Gel (what I take whenever I am running by myself now)—> I love the little strap that fits comfortably around your hand. I forget that I am even holding it after a mile or so. With the pepper gel there is a NO wind blow-back like traditional sprays! It is also amazing protection against multiple threats at a safe distance. The pepper gel reaches 12 ft. It comes in a variety of sizes that are perfect for all sorts of different activities like cycling, running and home defense in general. I am beyond thrilled that I will get to live with Andrew soon because I am not going to lie, I was afraid often living on my own for so many years. And for this last little bit before I move in with him, I have been loving having this by my bed to help me feel that much more secure.
SABRE also offers a brand new product—> a Runner Personal Alarm that is also perfect for runners because it just wraps around your wrist really nicely! Your garmin on one arm and this on the other, right!? This personal alarm really helps to attract attention and make witnesses out of the people around you. If there are witnesses and people paying attention to you then a criminal is much more likely to run the other way.
I love how simple it is to just strap on the pepper gel and go. (PS Andrew is my favorite photographer;)
SABRE offers all sorts of different products too like senior citizen/college/tactical/on-the-go/home defense pepper sprays and gels, dog sprays, bear sprays and home alarms!! I love that they have products just for runners because there is a huge community of people that NEED these products to help them to be safe (and FEEL safer) while out on the run.
Sponsored by SABRE!!! Thank you for supporting us and keep on running happy (AND SAFE)!!!!
Let’s do all that we can to protect ourselves because we’ve got a lot of loved ones that need us safe and sound and back at home with them!
Now it is your chance to win the Runner Pepper Gel with Adjustable Hand Strap (choice of pink or black)!!!!
There will be 5 winners and the giveaway will end on 6/16/16!
To enter giveaway:
****Go HERE and browse around, come back and comment on this post with what product you would like to win!!! (Residents of AK, DC, HI, MA & Ny not eligible to win the Runner Pepper Gel with adjustable Hand Strap ((shipping of pepper spray to these states is not allowed)) and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter!****