There have been so many tragic running accidents lately and they are so preventable! Did you know November is National Running Safety Month? I compiled a great list of Running Safety tips for you all to take a look at!
1. Run with a buddy–thank goodness for my MRTT buddies, I really don’t like the thought of running alone if I don’t have to.
2. Don’t run with headphones. A lot of runners need music to run, I’m one of them when I’m alone! I always only wear one headphone and leave the one out that is closest to the road.
3. Don’t wear a ponytail–makes an easy way for someone to grab you from behind. Again, tough for us ladies with long hair. Maybe braid it instead!
4. Run AGAINST traffic– it makes it easier for you to see the traffic that is heading your way
5. Make sure someone ALWAYS knows where you are planning to run. Road ID actually has an awesome app you can download for free that will text a person you designate a real time GPS route while you are running and then alert 911 if you are stopped for an extended period of time. I used this all of the time especially on a long run!
6. Change up the route to your run–following the same routine/route every day can allow potential attackers to track where you are whether you know it or not.
7. Everyone is using social media these days. Avoid posting on FB, tweeting or Instagram the location of your runs. I always make my posts AFTER the run is complete.
8. If you are running at night make sure you have the appropriate reflective gear. Clothing with reflective tapes, headlamps, knuckle lights, reflective slap bracelets, blinking LED lights. Here are some examples:
9. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS carry some form of ID with you. If something were to happen you want to have your information available for paramedics or rescue personnel. I don’t like to carry my actual driver’s license, so the ROAD ID was perfect for me. There are tons of options to choose from as well from bracelets, “dog tags”, shoe tags, etc! There is something for everyone! (Note, this post is NOT sponsored by Road ID, I just love them).