Tonight I headed out for my easy run. It wasn’t completely dark but I still stick to the main roads whenever it’s getting dark. I know I’m not safe on any of the lovely, quiet paths that run through the woods or along the brook, even though I want to run along them, so I run along main roads next to the traffic. I haven’t worn headphones when I’m running since someone scared me in 2015 so I run in silence. I spent £100 on a @myrunangel as an added level of protection after being followed when out for a run in broad daylight along a busy road.
This weekend I also learned how to use the Live Track feature on my @garminuk because what we’ve read in the news reminded all us women that we aren’t safe no matter what we do, where we are or when we do it.
Because it was actually never about us, what we do or where we go. This shouldn’t have been a realisation to anyone but, unfortunately it is. Her death has been described as “shocking”. I don’t think there’s a single woman who is shocked by it.
And now the sad fact of the matter is that, in a few days time, all the solidarity we’ve seen this weekend will disappear. Most men will forget about Ashling, like they have probably forgotten about Sarah and Sabina. But will I stop leaving my headphones at home, running along boring main roads and wearing safety devices? No. Because women can never forget this world isn’t safe for us.
Going into a new week like....
An oldie but a great photo from the Women's 10k Running series. I worked so hard for & during this race, just a nice little reminder that we can do hard things @womensrunninguk
4 shared miles this morning with @tori_hbl.nutrition ❤
@redjanuaryuk day 17
Run Streak Day 21