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Safety First

All the self-defense you'll need, courtesy of our guest Susan Schorn, condensed to 3x5 card.
All the self-defense you'll need, courtesy of our guest Susan Schorn, condensed to 3x5 card.

Sarah and Dimity finally found an ideal expert to talk about running safety: Susan Schorn, the author of Smile at Strangers, and Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly and a second-degree black belt who has been teaching karate and self-defense for almost 15 years. Bonus: Susan, a recreational runner and mom of two, has a sense of humor. Talking about self-defense from an empowerment perspective, Susan shares some small, habitual behaviors that are easy to put into practice. She also instructs runners to aim for the “soft spots” on an attacker’s body, catching, “hold of everything you can.” (Male listeners are sure to squirm at this point in the podcast.) Susan shares wisdom in projecting self-confidence while running, and recognizing the power you already have.

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  5. Awesome advice- I know that if something were to happen I would do my best to put up a fight. If an attacker gets you to a second location, nothing good ever comes of it, they’re trying to get you to seclusion for a REASON. Fight before there’s “no turning back” for an offender and while there is still a chance for people hearing or fleeing if you can.

    This is a scary topic but SO necessary!

  6. Interesting…I had almost this exact conversation from this card to my two children a few days ago. I told them never succumb, fight and yell…even if you get hurt in the process or you feel embarrassed or uncertain, its better than what might happen if taken somewhere else. Thanks for this!

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