Kelly Herron has basically made lemonade out of lemons. She had a traumatic, life-altering encounter, and made a choice to not let this event get the better of her.
When out for a long run on a cold February day in Seattle, Kelly stopped at a public restroom where she was attacked by a registered sex offender who was hiding in a stall.
She screamed, “Not Today Mother Fucker,” and this has become her battle cry and her company. She did everything she could to get out of this guy’s grip, managing to escape and then locking him in the bathroom until police arrived.
She and her self-defense instructor are now offering courses through Fighting Chance Seattle.
BTW – I’m going to include a photo of her Garmin GPS route in the show notes. This tracked her time during the attack. It’s absolutely crazy what she did to fend him off and, as she says in our conversation, you’ll do pretty much anything to save your life.
I hope this conversation helps just one person down the road either by encouraging them to take a self-defense course or by giving them the confidence or bravery to fight off someone when they otherwise thought that maybe that wouldn’t be possible.
With that, enjoy this conversation with Kelly Herron.
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