Between a rock and a mugging place
September 26, 2012 3:37 PM Subscribe
I only have time to run at night. This makes me nervous. Am I just a nervous nellie, or am I asking to become the Central Park Jogger 2.0?
posted by ablazingsaddle to health & fitness (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I can't run in the mornings because that's when I walk my (elderly) dog. If I get up any earlier than I do already, I will lose my mind. I'm trying to run in the evenings, but by the time I walk and feed the animal, it's well after eight, and dark.
I live in Echo Park (Los Angeles), I am a baby-faced 24-year-old woman standing 5'2" and weighing less than 100 pounds. But I also grew up in a city, consider myself pretty street smart, and nothing bad has happened to me yet.
My biggest pro-safety step has been to start running with contacts (the better to see strange men on the street). I hate running without music, but I have turned it down to almost nothing so that I can hear what's going on around me. I have some brightly colored running clothes. I've considered driving up the Silver Lake Reservoir because the path there is always well-lit, but part of the appeal of going for a run is that it's as easy as walking out my front door.
What else should I do? I realize that, from a pure numbers perspective, the odds of any violent crime happening to me are pretty small.