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WAUKESHA — A recent headline of runners being attacked has worried running enthusiasts. Most recently, there was an incident involving Eliza Fletcher of Memphis and University of Iowa student Molly Tibbets in 2018. Both were kidnapped on the run and later found dead. There’s no way to protect the whole world, but there’s a way to stay safe while your sneakers hit the sidewalk.

Originally from Waukesha, Elizabeth Mayer started running in high school as part of the track team. Her love of running grew in college, and Mayer has competed in many races, marathons, mini-marathons, and more. Building that amount of endurance takes time, she says. Said.

“It’s a mental game you have to get through. You have to keep telling yourself you can. That’s the biggest struggle,” she said.

Running is Mayer’s stress reliever.

“That’s how I keep myself in check. If I’m stressed or worried, going for a run helps,” she said.

Whether it’s short distances or not running fast, she makes a difference. As she finished her run, Mayer said.

As an avid runner, she is aware of possible safety hazards.

When she got to Milwaukee, she was training for a race with headphones on when a car full of men pulled up next to her. She pretended not to listen to them and in the end she gave up and drove off in her car.

She emphasizes that it’s a personal choice for people to jog or run. Mayer, she told herself, doesn’t like running in the dark because she can’t see herself. Mayer said some people don’t get to choose when they can run because of work, kids and other factors that take up their time, she said.If runners are training for a race, they earn miles need to do it.

“Technology is improving. There are a lot of things I’ve done or changed since I first became a runner,” she said.

She now doesn’t run with headphones and wears a running belt that keeps her phone on all the time. If she plays her music, she plays it on speakers or on her phone.

“That way, I can hear people around me and those approaching me. I can hear cars approaching. I hear people screaming. It’s better to run without headphones,” she said.

She runs with her Garmin fitness watch. It has a live track feature and allows users to select contacts to share their running routes with. There is an option to automatically live track when she is running and alert her contacts when she stops.

“I want someone to know where I am.

She said she takes precautions not only if she’s attacked, but if she’s hit by a car, injured, or attacked by a dog.

Mayer’s Apple phone also has a Find My Friend location. She always lets someone know when she goes running.

“The other thing I’ve done is run it on Mace. It’s not just in my pocket or somewhere. It’s always in my hands,” she said.

Always be aware of your surroundings, she added.

Change route

Waukesha’s Victoria Hartmann is an avid walker/jogger, Also run marathons and other races. The first time she ran was in 2012, when she started running again.

“I was very poorly trained and poorly prepared, but by my 30th birthday I had run 30 marathons. That was my big goal,” Hartmann said.

She said there are several ways to stay safe while running. She uses her Facebook groups Trail Sisters, Waukesha and Wisconsin. This is a women’s trail running her community on a mission to increase women’s participation and opportunities in the sport through inspiration, education and empowerment.

The group organizes fundraisers and other fun events for groups of runners.

Hartmann said it’s a good resource if you want to ride unfamiliar trails. You can also find out if other people are running in a particular area for meetups.

Outside of private groups, she keeps herself safe by not posting where she runs or goes for runs.

Hartmann added that they never run the same route at exactly the same time. By her house she has four different paths and rotates them.

“Another tip is to be aware of your surroundings. Perhaps don’t turn the volume up too high or wear bright reflective material,” she said.

Rebecca Young, who lives near Hartland, enjoys running and has changed the way she runs smarter and safer over the years. Like Hartmann, she also changes her running route.

“I’m more flexible now, so I can run at different times, but I know a lot of people can’t afford that and run at the same time,” Young said. .

She uses the Strava app to send beacons to her husband. This allows her husband to know her route in real time in case of an emergency.

“I’m about to ditch my ear buds, but for now I’m only using one with the volume turned down so I can hear better. Carry a birdie alarm and always have a watch and cell phone with an emergency call button ‘I’m running with it,’ she said.

If she runs in the park, she makes sure there is plenty of room and visibility for other runners and pedestrians.

Other advice

Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis said there are many of personal decisions and personal observations you must make to ensure your safety, or at least mitigate danger;

“The first thing I would say is simply pay attention and trust your intuition. If something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t. Trust your intuition. It’s about the department not only having a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right, but having to deal with it,” he said.

Schulteis said a mobile phone is a good choice, especially if you’re in a remote area. If you need help, you can contact Public Safety.

“I know it’s difficult, but you’re much more targeted when you’re running alone than when you’re with a partner or group. Obviously, the logistics of that can be a little tricky.

Schulteis adds noise-cancelling headphones and listening to Bluetooth radio while running is a concern. They can be a problem, especially on roads and in remote areas. You can’t use all your senses to have a gut feeling that something isn’t right.