Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 27, 2013

Do you remember when a woman jogging along the Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake was attacked by a stranger in broad daylight last September?

She suffered only minor injuries and a suspect was taken into custody, but it’s a good reminder that we all need to pay attention when we’re out for a run. Which can be hard, because sometimes while we’re running we’re also blissed out from runner’s high, distracted by pretty scenery (or a painful foot) or rocking out to our favorite get-up-and-run playlist.

That’s why the Runner Self Defense class that Rogue Running is hosting next Thursday is so important. Two-time Olympic runner Todd Williams, who has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and founded an organization called RunSafer, will teach practical, runner-centric self-defense techniques in the class, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

It’s free.

You should go.

And it’s hands on, so expect to sweat a bit.

For more information about the class, go to www.facebook.com/events/583747108346247/. If you want to attend, you need to RSVP by email to Leslie@roguerunning.com. For more information about RunSafer, go to www.runsafer.com.