KELLY "Not Today Motherf@#!er" HERRON
"Not Today Motherf@#!er" was the battle cry Kelly Herron screamed on a Sunday afternoon when she experienced every runner's biggest nightmare. Four miles into her marathon training run, she stopped in a park bathroom, where she was brutally assaulted.
Using skills she recently learned in a self-defense class taught by Jordan Giarratano of Fighting Chance Seattle, she fought back and trapped her attacker inside the bathroom until police arrived. Her Instagram post (@run_kiwi_run) showing the frantic GPS lines tracking the assault went viral, attracting global attention.
Women around the world were inspired to learn self-defense and fight back - whether it be against assault or even against someone who is underestimating them.
Kelly continues to run marathons and encourages others to not let fear stop them from doing the things they love, and to always be prepared for a worst-case scenario by arming themselves with a foundation of self-defense and a warrior mindset.
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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 used all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #NTMF #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety