To run, on my own, without a phone
FurtherSupport · 22/07/2015 21:46
It doesn't seem that strange to me, remembering a time when I had to go everywhere without a phone, but people keep telling me how dangerous it is.
I can't help thinking a phone won't actually protect me from anything:
- What if you get attacked? It would be awful, but the phone won't stop it happening.
-What if you're injured? I'll limp home, or if it's that bad ask a passer-by or nearby house for help
-What if you fall and bang your head? As above, unless I'm unconscious, in which case how would I make a phone call?
muchhappierthesedays · 22/07/2015 21:52
Funnily enough I had a similar moment yesterday when my phone was dead and I needed to go to the supermarket which is literally a 3 minute drive away and I had to remind myself that I managed for years without one including going half way across country by train from the age of 15 on many occasions!
LadyBlaBlah · 22/07/2015 21:55
When I am running, I always think "who is going to attack me?" Really? I hate to sound blase about it, but I am pretty sure most attackers are opportunists and they won't therefore chose someone who by definition can very clearly run away.
If you are running in a desert, the rest of it is ridiculous anxiety laden paranoia too.
Do what you want and don't change your behaviour based on very unlikely happenings.
Zeitgeistic · 22/07/2015 22:02
Based on my recent family experience I think YABU.
My mum fell while walking the dog a few months ago and broke her leg. She's a very fit 50 something. She had left her phone at home. She knew she'd seriously hurt herself but she couldn't phone for help and the area was quite isolated so it was some time until a passer by happened upon her. In the meantime she was unable to move, got very cold and went into shock.
She was ok in the end by needed an op to set her leg. Obviously things like this don't happen often but the new 'rule' in our family is that if any of go out alone we always take a phone. I have a small flip phone I stuff in my bra for emergencies when I go jogging.
MissShunImpossible · 22/07/2015 22:08
First I must say - short runs, I do often go without a phone.
But longer ones I take one. Partly so anyone who needs to contact me can do so (not work, family!), but also because runners can be first on the scene of accidents/unfortunate events. Before you roll your eyes... it happens! I have met confused old people, a woman who had fallen off her bike, and a woman who had lost her car keys and so I was able to call her DH to pick her up.
It is of course possible I could go over my ankle or something and need help, and I do carry a phone when go running up on the moors. Probably there wouldn't be a signal though!
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Birdsgottafly · 22/07/2015 22:11
I have a cheap phone (not worth mugging me for) that I carry when dog walking.
I've used it when I twisted my ankle, made a phone call to get rid of a man pestering me, when I found someone unconscious (drunk, but it was winter), saw someone being attacked, a house broken into.
I live in Liverpool, though and there's a lot that goes on, also I've lefty teen in alone, so it sayse worrying that they couldn't get in touch if something happened.
You could knock on a neighbours door when I was s teen, sadly none of my neighbours would want to know.
FurtherSupport · 22/07/2015 22:12
For me, the beauty of running is a hour or so when I'm not contactable. I really don't think I'm so indispensable that they can't manage for an hour or even two, even in a crisis.
If I came across someone who needed help, I'd get them help, in any one of the numerous ways we used to do it before we had mobile phones.
Sparklingbrook · 22/07/2015 22:14
I do a lot of walking along the canal. I always take my phone, would be weird not to. If I was to injure myself I would ring for help.
If I was attacked after my attacker had fled presuming they hadn't murdered me I could ring someone to come to me.
If the school rang to say one of the DC were sick I could ring my parents to get them if I was too far away.
MissShunImpossible · 22/07/2015 22:31
I think it depends on how long you're out for. I agree FurtherSupport for a little while it's fair enough. But if you're like me and runs tend to last 2-3 hours or more... then I think I need to have a phone with me just in case something has happened that needs me.
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