It was never more apparent to me that I prefer to run alone than it was during my turkey trot race last week.
There I was, shortly thereafter mile number two (it usually takes me until mile two to feel “into” the run, haha), and I was starting to feel in my zone. My legs had warmed up, I was at a good pace, and ready to kick it into gear. Now, whether it was my conversation piece of a race outfit (I was dressed as a Steelers football player), ability to attract Chatty Cathys, or just how my fellow Chapel Hillian runners are, people kept talking to me during the race.
“Where are you from?”
“Is Ben Roethlisberger your favorite player?”
“It’s cold out here, isn’t it?”
“Do you think we’re near mile four yet?”
“Are the Steelers gonna win today?”
“What do you do?”
“Where’d you get those socks?”
“Does Rossellburger still play for the Stillers?”
Now–all these questions are fine whilst I’m sitting down at a coffee shop. Or out running errands–I’m a social butterfly. But when I’m running? When I’m running, I’m using every last possible puff of breath to keep propelling myself forward. No offense to those around me, and more power to the runners that can talk and run, but I like to save my breath, keep silent, listen to my music, and be all alone in my zone. It’s my ME time. I’ll talk at the finish line!
Anyhow, knowing that I’m a solo runner, it would behoove me to still do what I can to ensure my safety the best I’m able. I don’t have my music volume up loud, I vary my run paths, carry pepper spray, keep aware of my surroundings, and I used to let someone know where I was going to run. Yup–that would be the hubby. But now that I’m separated and live alone, no one knows where I’m going to be and when I’ll be due back. Ughhhh. No bueno. I wouldn’t mind posting a general status update on Facebook or tweeting my whereabouts, but then everybody knows where I am. Even that one weird creeper that I somehow followed back and haven’t gotten around to exiling him from my social media life just yet. Again, no bueno.
“There had to be something I could do,” I thought.
And then along came React Mobile.
React Mobile is an app for your iPhone or Android that will turn your device into a lifeline. And it’s FREE! Think of it as your personal safety officer, your body guard watching out for you and your safety no matter where you go. The app has a “Follow Me” feature, that lets your chosen contacts track your whereabouts in real-time whenever you’re concerned for your safety. This is awesome because now, not all 4,000 followers will know where I am–just the handful of close friends that I choose!
This is not only perfect for running alone early in the morning (haha, if I can get out of bed) or late at night, but also during my day job in leasing! Sometimes I may have to meet a prospective resident and my boss will always know where I am…just in case! For you, it may be useful to keeping track of your kids, meeting a client for the first time, going on a blind date, or meeting that could-be-sketchy seller from Craigslist.
When you’re done with your run, or get to where you’re going, all you do is touch the “I’m Safe” button to let your contacts know you’ve arrived at your destination safely. If you happen to find yourself in an emergency, you’d press the SOS shield on the app to send out a panic alert containing a link to your GPS location to select emergency contacts via text message and email, which can be posted to Twitter and Facebook (that’s optional). Once the SOS alert is activated, you’re automatically prompted to dial 911. (And for y’all that are outside of North America, React Mobile will let you choose which country you live in, or are traveling to, and you’ll be prompted to dial the appropriate emergency authority depending on your geographic location).
Also, one of my favorite things about React Mobile is that it can’t be used against me. I carry pepper spray–but there’s always a chance my would-be attacker could get a hold of it and use it on me. The same case with a gun, Taser, knife, etc… The app is retaliation-free!
This is something to have on your phone now, before you’re ready to use it. Before you actually need it. The React Mobile Co-Founder, Robb Monkman, was inspired to create this mobile safety app after being held at gunpoint during a home invasion while in college several years ago. Like Robb, I had my own personal safety scare when I lived in DC–a mugging in March 2005 and then a physical attack only months later in June 2005–they were my reason for moving out of the big city down to NC. But things like this can happen anywhere. Remembering how scary that was and how I felt led me to immediately download this app when I became aware of it. I know firsthand that when it comes to personal safety, I’d rather be proactive than reactive!
For more information on React Mobile, check them out below and be safe out there!
Android App: Available on select platforms
Google Play Download (available on select smartphones)
Apple iTunes Download
React Overview Video
React App Demo Video
*I was given the opportunity to review React Mobile and was compensated for my time and product reviewing services. All opinions are truthful and my own!