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7. Be Safe

One of the tips for beginning runners I reinforce constantly, is the measure of safety awareness. Running alone as a women presents opportunities to be abducted, hurt, raped, or worse. Never run alone at night in an unknown area. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. If possible, carry a small knife (or other personal protection, if legal) and/or pepper spray with you. Try to run during daylight hours in well populated areas. Mix up your route to avoid being predictable. And always trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

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