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Ladies! What do you do to protect yourselves?

I ask this because as I get older and especially now that I had a child, I am more and more concerned about the world around me.

When I was much younger, I used to run outdoors by myself and was pretty fearless. Now I stick to running and working out indoors at the gym. I feel like there are so many creeps in this world and feel more vulnerable than ever.

Additionally, I have become more cautious in everything I do. Not to the point where it is debilitating, but certainly not free spirited.

Anyone else feel this way? And what measures do you take to be safe?

Thu. Jun 14, 2:43pm

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i think things are definitely different than they were when we were kids. a co-worker and i were just talking about that today. you have to be on your guard all the time and always have an eye on your surroundings. last night a friend of mine insisted i take mace with me when i run outdoors and take self defense classes. i probably don't do enough while out running, aside from being cautious, staying in high traffic areas and carrying my phone with me, i'm sure there's more i could do.

i typically stay away from the paved wooded trails in my nieghborhood, and if i do it's a short walk that i don't venture too far from my house. i run on the sidewalks because the visibility is so much better and there's always a lot of people and cars in my busy neighborhood. i also make sure i turn at busy intersections instead of less travelled streets. lots of cars, lots of activity....

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 2:53 PM

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I took assorted martial arts for a total of 8 years so that I'd be free of the fear you mention.

I also minimize the wearing of "stupid shoes", pencil skirts, etc. - in other words, anything you can't move freely in. Not a big sacrifice, I don't like those things anyway.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 3:01 PM

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The girls on my hs track team make sure we run in larger groups (usually at least 3-4 girls). A few months ago some van was trailing us while we ran (it was a residential street near my school). Luckily one of us had her cell phone with her and we all near someone's home and started making a call, prending it was the the cops or something. They drove away rather quickly.

Ever since then, we all make sure we always have a cell with us. It was pretty scary.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 3:03 PM

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There is an awesome trail along a very long stretch of road that I've been dying to run, the problem is, the road isn't very busy. I just imagine running one day and getting forced into someone's vehicle or something. I know it's silly to let these things rule me, but I'm seriously scared sometimes. The recent story about the girl abducted in (Kentucky or Kansas, I can't exactly remember) makes me realize all over again, we are all vulnerable.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 3:07 PM

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It was Kansas, it was right in front of a mall that I go to! I am scared when running outside even during the day. It's a bit ridiculous how controlled I feel by this fear. I appreciate this thread, I've been considering Mace lately... Does anyone have experience with it?

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:10 PM

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What happened to that poor girl in Kansas just reminded me of how as a female in today's world you have to always be aware of what is going on around you. Listen to your gut feelings about people , situations etc. I think often women ignore gut feelings because they don't want to seem rude or afraid. Listen to your gut feelings ladies ! there is a reason you are feeling them.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:28 PM

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2:53 again- it was Kansas- 10 minutes from my house.... it really makes you think even more. about all the evil that's out there. just this week there was a lady in Lenexa, KS approached while running in my best friend's neighborhood that she runs in all the time.... it's just not safe anywhere.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:33 PM

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Permit to Carry

I have a permit to carry and handgun and I do! I will not go unprotected in today's society. Tazers are another great option if you don't like handguns.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:33 PM

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4:10 we should run together... power in numbers! (2:53 and 4:33)

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:35 PM

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Reading this just made me nervous because I sometimes walk my dog alone after dark in our neighborhood. I feel safe but don't always think about the things that could happen...

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:51 PM

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