Hey, hey it’s Friday! When I landed in Portland last night, it was THIRTY degrees cooler than it was in Austin, TX. How in the world is that even possible!?
I’ll take it!
Anyways, as I was traveling to the airport yesterday, I came across this article from Runner’s World talking about the three women that were tragically murdered while running. So so so sad and devastating. The article from Runner’s World talks about how the problem isn’t women running alone, and I completely agree.
Just because you run alone, doesn’t mean this is going to happen. And, I also like that the author points out the whole “women aren’t keeping themselves safe enough while they run” mentality is ridiculous, and it drives me absolutely crazy. We can read every single “how to stay safe on your run” blog post out there (hey, I wrote one) and something like this could still happen.
The issue is we have bad people in our world. People who commit acts of violence, some for no apparent reason, and no matter how hard you try to protect yourself against it, it doesn’t mean you are “safe” from it happening to you.
Being aware of this is probably the best thing that we can arm ourselves with… and just being aware of our surroundings. In today’s digital world, it’s so easy to get lost in your phone and not realize that someone has been walking behind you for a few blocks. Or that the car behind you has been following you for a few too many turns. Staying alert and recognizing when things don’t seem right or off can go a long way.
Which brings me to my next point —> listen to your gut. It’s our best radar of whether a situation is good or bad, and yet, we turn it off and try to justify when we get red flags. If someone raises the hair on the back of your neck, there’s a reason for it. Call the cops, run the other way, whatever you need to do to get away from the situation.
(I don’t know if I ever mentioned this on here, but about 7 or 8 months ago when I used to live in the downtown Austin area, I was running on the running trail when it was dark, and I turned a corner and this man was running towards me… it looked like he had his shirt on, and as I got closer, I noticed he had NO PANTS… NOTHING on. It was me and him, a guy that was probably double my size, on a running trail, running naked, in the dark, and I was terrified. It was probably the best speed workout I’ve had in the past few years, but it was a lesson to me to stay alert — no matter how comfortable my surroundings are.)
Anyways —> stay aware.
On to a less serious topic: Oregon this weekend!
A few months ago, Kristen from Fit Bottomed Girls sent me a message and said that she wanted to do a half marathon in Oregon and whether I would be interested. HECK YES!
Fun fact —> I’ve never actually trained for a half marathon. They’ve always been part of my marathon training or as a recovery run post-marathon. And, this time is no different. I am a few weeks into Twin Cities Marathon training, so this half marathon will be a training run for me.
Originally, when we talked about it, I was like ooh maybe I’ll go for a PR! Well, I definitely don’t think I’m in PR condition, but I’m going to go out there with the intention to have fun and not blow the wheels off in the first few miles (which is my tendency in halfs because they are “so” short).
We have some really fun plans throughout the entire weekend. The race we are running is hosted by Destination Races, so it’s in the heart of wine country and there will be a wine festival post race. I’m still not drinking red wine (thank you epic hangover), but I’m sure there will be plenty of whites that will be tasty.
On Sunday, we have plans to hike and on Monday, to explore Portland via breweries.
All in all, I’m excited for an adventure and will have more to share next week. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and Snapchat @loramarie03.
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