With the increasing reports of attacks on female joggers around the country, runners have been on high alert. We are questioning what changes we need to make to our routines to simply feel safe engaging in our hobby. For some, staying active now involves altering routes and daily schedules, carrying personal safety devices and leaving your favorite tunes behind. But the reality is we can do everything the right way and the risks remain. That's why personal safety expert Julie Barron Morrill recommends all women receive basic training in self-defense.
"Training in self-defense will help you feel more confident about being aggressive and teaches you how to strike effectively." Julie trains runners in Krav Maga, a form of fighting that trains women to defend against an aggressive, brutal attack, and it's good for a variety of body types and strengths.
"The military has an expression: You fight how you train, so train how you want to fight. In other words, by training soldiers in a way that simulates a real battlefield, they are better prepared to fight in real battle. There are fewer surprises, and they have educated their bodies and minds how to react under the stress of battle. The same is true for personal defense and safety. If you take the time to train in self-defense — even if it is only a course or two — you better prepare your body and mind for the real thing. This will increase your chances of getting away safely."
Julie travels around the country teaching self-defense for runners. You can stay up to date on classes she may be offering near you here, including seminars she is offering in the Twin Cities in early December. Stay tuned; more dates and locations to be announced soon!