I don't want it to be true, but it is.
This is not about me. That is just my background. If you know me in real life, keep reading, this applies to you. If you don't, keep reading and see if we have anything in common.
I live in two very separate bubbles. On one hand, I live in a small town in New Hampshire. I grew up in an even smaller town in New Hampshire. I could count on my fingers the number of students in my school who weren't white, and that was in a public school comprised of three towns. I grew up in a hunting family, surrounded by gun lovers. We never went into the city unless it was to go visit a doctor in Boston. I don't even know how to use public transportation! I did not grow up practicing, or even really knowing anything about, any religion. I'd say I grew up pretty culturally sheltered. I still live within 20 minutes of where I grew up and went to school. A lot of us still live here. And a lot of us are terribly racist.
I'm afraid during almost every run I go on.
I avoid the news, but I still hear stories of women getting kidnapped, killed, raped every few months.
I turn around to check that no one is behind me.
I use apps that send my location to my loved ones.
I use apps that set off an alarm and alert people if I stop moving.
I never listen to music.
My running hours are limited to those of daylight, unless I drive to join a group run.
I'm nervous to run on the town trails.
I cross the street to avoid going by men on the sidewalk.
I never share my maps online.
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pup. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance