Thanks to this dude and other recent attacks on women runners, I don't quite feel comfortable running at night. Granted, I never run alone in the dark, but even if there are two of us, there's an element of scaredy cat in me.
So I bought some pepper spray. The packaging suggests that you test it out so you don't have a faulty product, so I did and it appeared to work perfectly.
Fast forward one day.
I'm driving to Green Lake to meet Autumn for a run. I bring along my new, potentially life-saving device. I made sure that the spray nozzle was locked just to be safe, then set it back down on my seat.
Driving along. Rub my itchy eye. AHHHHHHHHH!
Turns out that even the residue left on the bottle can get on your hands and then transferred to your eye. It's a painful lesson to learn, but now I know it works VERY WELL.