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I am a sporadic runner and need to get quite motivated to run regularly. My hormones are the main deciding factor but there are many others. When I do I feel great and remember all the positives that running gives me, one of which being the opportunity to go on beautiful routes and see the seasons change.
I live in rural Brittany and sometimes don't see a car or another person the whole run. This morning just as I was running at a comfortable pace with sun shining through the frost and thinking how much I love this form of exercise I realised I was being tailed by two old farmers in a van. They passed me slowly and were having a good look and then did a three point turn up the road and came back just as slowly and laciviously. I got my phone out and pretended to talk though my husband hadn't answered and made out I was reading the number plate. They passed on and I ran faster up the hill than ever before but I feel really pissed off now and will think twice before my next run or I will go for my run somewhere less secluded. Safer but lots of negatives.
How do other women make sure they feel safe without compromising their running experience?