My husband asked me last week whether I’ve ever felt threatened while running and when I thought about it, I realised that female runners are so used to the odd beep from a white van or shout out the window of a car that we are able to sort of block it out. We’ve got used to it.
I always run in lit areas, and if I ever feel unsafe, I turn off my earphones so that I have my wits about me. I don’t suppose those are things that he has to consider when he runs, I’m not sure he gets many people shouting ‘ALRIGHT DARLIN’?’, but yet it happens to me almost every time I run. I don’t even notice it anymore – but that doesn’t make it ok.