A question posted on Twitter soon went viral about the list of items women actually carry around when they go for a jog or a run. The answers will break your heart!
Every now and then we require a little "me" time to peacefully reflect on life which otherwise is packed with our busy schedules. While some choose to lay low and find something interesting to do at home, others like going for a run or a solo hike which helps them clear their head. But there are times when women are overcome with a sense of hyper-vigilance when it comes to their personal security. Amanda Deibert, a writer for TV and comic books posted a tweet based on a thread from her mom's group which revealed how scary even a lonely run be.
One of my mom groups has a thread that is just women listing and recommending which kind of protection they take when them when they go out running (Ie. pepper spray, alarm necklaces, whistles, etc) in case you wondered what being a woman is like— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) May 29, 2019
She shared various ways in which women can protect themselves in case of an attack. Further widening the question she asked others what strategies they employed for their own safety. And this question quickly went viral. In an interview with Good Morning America she said, "When I was reading the thread that all just kind of hit me, that is something we all do, all the time, without thinking about it. It speaks to how universal it is, that every woman does have an answer to this question." Women responded with pictures and comments on how they try to protect themselves. Judging from these comments, it's clear that the possibility of something going wrong to such an extent that it's been normalized. Here are some of their responses.
Also, women: what do you use when you go out running?— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) May 29, 2019
I don't run, but I do hike a popular trail alone. I always have 2 knives on me. a 3.5" I hide between my shirt and backpack. A 6" I keep in my backpack. And I carry a very visible loud whistle around my neck. My cell phone is also attached to my arm and tracks my location.— ☠ 3am_Fright 🏳️🌈 (@3am_Fright) May 29, 2019
I carry a knife too but that's just the practical lesbian in me. I find that living in the big city has made me none too concerned about strangers as a whole. I'm more in tune with body language or if the person seems really out of place.— Angela🏳️🌈 (@ducgummybuns) May 29, 2019
i also have quick release pepper spray (both of these items can be found at bass pro and probably amazon!!) you can also buy super loud alarm key chains and stun guns for cheap on amazon (stun guns are not legal or can only be purchased with a license in some states!) pic.twitter.com/FjI1wulDka— vanessa (@VanessaLliker) May 31, 2019
Theres a lady that I see running down my neighborhood every morning. She carries a hammer. I dont think anyone fucks with her.— - ̗̀ ?🦖¿ ̖́- (@royalhoeness) May 30, 2019
My 105lb bodyguard, Rhaegar Targaryen Dogo Argentino no one messes with me pic.twitter.com/RMumNMR7DT— Courtney Logan (@gwgator) May 30, 2019
I use an app called Noonlight. You push their button and your location will be sent to the police and they will come instantly (it’s legitimate, my niece accidentally pushed and had cops following us on the highway 😂) you can connect it to Uber to send drivers info too!!— billy get yo bald headed ass DOWN (@deadwitbenefits) May 30, 2019
I usually jog with this tucked in the hidden pocket of my running shorts, it has a nice clip I also keep it on me at my job cuz we’re an all female store and usually we close alone. pic.twitter.com/ARlhvCqV0t— werechef (@therealneyzilla) May 29, 2019
Mace bracelet and a pocket knife. It’s funny how it doesn’t even seem odd anymore that we need to have weapons to go on a run— grace (@gracelinngo) May 30, 2019
Klarus XT12-XML2-DGREY-A. I like this because I can take it into bars and no one recognizes it as a weapon. There is an emergency tab on the pommel that activates a strobe. The metal rim around the light is for bashing. Some flashlights are more stabby. pic.twitter.com/SlsZLzBp4y— AaronOfGreenGables (@AaronGables) May 29, 2019
My wife has started running again in the evenings. Atm, our youngest insists on going with her, dressed up as a ninja and carrying a 7 iron (don’t ask!), as well as taking the dog.— Rob (@bobbyblue5) May 29, 2019
She feels pretty safe.
Recent photo when she stopped for a drink. pic.twitter.com/LOUy8sYjiw
I have one of these. Also a small knife (that I know how to use- I don’t recommend carrying a weapon you haven’t learned how to use properly) in a sheath that fits easily INSIDE the waistband of my leggings so it’s not super noticeable/grab-able by anyone but me. pic.twitter.com/EpyVYansW8— tay (@taylorcaren_) May 31, 2019
I carry a gun at all times and have went through a lifetime of training with and without it to protect myself and mine. In case you wondered what being a man is like.— Jason S. Carter (@Elnyne1) May 30, 2019
When I was a teen and had to walk everywhere I carried a comb that came apart with a knife inside. I'd have one hand on my phone, having a fake conversation, repeating where I was and that I'd be home soon, and the other hand in my pocket wrapped around the combknife.— 🌈Mental Mama🌈 (@weedswildflowrs) May 30, 2019
I send a link to my SO when I’m on a run so he can access my location at any time but will also alert him if I stop moving for more than 5 minutes. I also carry keys and pepper spray. Running as a woman is dangerous. It’s gotta stop.— Sara Monalea (@MonaleaSara) May 30, 2019
I love to run but I rarely ever do it outside. If I do, I wear a jacket with a pocket so I can easily whip this out pic.twitter.com/yrlffoNJT0— Bettina Cecilia (@bcdgonzalez) May 30, 2019
I absolutely will NOT listen to headphones when I'm walking or running. And I usually have this badass bitch with me who's already had to protect me from a bad situation once. pic.twitter.com/r2Zaxhf2Gn— Margot Wood @ BookCon/BEA (@margotwood) May 31, 2019
The usual: dogs, pepper spray, watch w/SOS. 2 years ago there was a serial rapist attacking women on a popular trail. During this time multiple men warned me about news, running alone, & to be proactive about saftey. Umm welcome to running as a woman. I have to do that everyday. pic.twitter.com/teJg4vnfQS— Cates Calz (@UTGirl315) May 31, 2019
I prefer my elbow tho...I carry this on the trail pic.twitter.com/henMI2vIGw— julie biggs (@raselrae) May 31, 2019
My husband bought me @myrunangel two Christmases ago, essentially an alarm on my wrist that will also notify him of my whereabouts if I press it. Even though I generally feel safe in my neighborhood, I feel better having it.— Lori (@ItsOnlyLori) May 30, 2019
Pepper spray, depending on where I went. Kept my head on a swivel and made sure everyone around me saw me seeing them. I often ran in areas where running was a novelty. If anyone stared, I’d give them a warm “how are you today” as I passed. Seemed to have a disarming effect.— Christy Robinson ☕️ (@christyrobinson) May 30, 2019