1. Bring a buddy. If someone is planning an attack, trying to take on two sweaty joggers is much more difficult than one lonely one.
2. Do not wear your IPod. If you must run with music, only put one bud in your ear so you can hear what's creeping up behind you. A puppy? Great! At least you heard him.
3. Run in well lit areas. You may think you're being sneaky going off the beaten path, but nothing screams "Attack me" like running alone on dark, residential streets. Pick a main area that's well lit and populated.
4. Wear reflective clothing. Even if you are not running in an area where there are cars careening your way, there are still things like bikes, scooters and skateboarders that need to know you're on the road, too.
5. Do not use a routine route. If someone is aware of your every move, you are placing yourself in a vulnerable position. Shake it up - this doesn't mean run a different way every Wednesday. Be smart, be safe, be healthy.