Four miles into her 10-mile run, 36-year-old Kelly Heron was brutally attacked in a Seattle public bathroom stall by 40-year-old Gary Steiner, a known sex offender. All she could think was “Not today, Motherf*cker” as she used the skills she learned in a recent self-defense course and did everything she could to fight back and get away. Her running route shown below on her Instagram page illustrates the fight for her life.
My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming(“Not today, M**F**er!”), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
Kelly screamed and beat the side of his head, got away, and kept him locked in the bathroom until police arrived. Now she feels empowered, saying, “My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact.”
FIGHT LIKE A SAVAGE! I might pay your $750,000 bail just to let my #runningsquad finish the job! #nottodaymotherfucker #nottodayexpletive #nottoday #selfdefense #womensselfdefense #runnersafety #instarunners #fightback #fightlikeagirl #runkiwirun #kellyherron #fightingchanceseattle #theultramindset #goodmorningamerica #GMA #goldengardens #nottodaymfer #fightlikeasavage @budopunk @rosieperezbrooklyn @kiro7seattle @mayoredmurray #areyoulistening
If you’re ever attacked, experts say to be as loud as you can and to use your hard bones against their soft, fleshy places to fight back. If you’ve been thinking about signing up for that self-defense course, this could be the inspiration you need to finally go and do it, and get your running friends to join you. It could save your life.
I couldn’t remain the silent, anonymous victim- there is a message of survival that is too important to remain untold. I’m grateful to have found the right people to help me tell it. Thank you @siemnykiro7 @kiro7seattle @dorimonsonshow @kiroradio973 @budopunk I hope this encourages women to #neverstopfighting #neverstoprunning #womensselfdefense @mayoredmurray – Are you listening!? #Iamasurvivor #notavictim #nottodaymotherfucker