It’s already November, whether you believe it or not. While most of you are thinking about Thanksgiving plans, holiday traveling, destination races and more – don’t forget that it is also National Running Safety Month! In light of this , here are 5 tips for staying safe.
1. ALWAYS HAVE IDENTIFICATION
I understand that many runners prefer not to carry much while they run, but if there’s one thing you should always have on you – it’s identification. This one seems like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people don’t carry any. The easiest way you can solve this problem is to purchase a RoadID. Simply order the bracelet of your liking and put essential information and emergency contacts, in case something was to happen you could be identified/helped quickly. This is also great to have if you run a lot of races in different locations. Never go for a run without it!
2. BE VISIBLE
If you’re going out for a night run, you’d better make sure you’re visible to people and traffic. Here you have so many options – reflective running vests, tights, runner lamps, and really just keeping those eyes open and staying aware of your surroundings. Even if I’m out on a daytime run, I am pretty visible with the colors I wear and always run where there are people around.
3. GET A RUNNING BUDDY
Depending on your schedule and where you live/run – this may be a challenge for some but having a running buddy always makes the running experience more fun and of course a bit more safe. Personally, I don’t like running solo but I know sometimes it just has to be done. Friends don’t let friends run alone! Make it social and safe, a running buddy is great to have. If you’re running somewhere a bit more secluded like I mentioned before, a running buddy would be awesome to have – look out for each other!
4. TURN DOWN THE MUSIC
For those of you who must absolutely run with music on – you should keep it at a level where you aren’t totally deaf – or like myself – you can run with one ear in so you can be aware of the things going on around you. It’s actually quite a challenge when you’re in the zone and your jam comes on – you just feel the tunes and wanna bust a move….. just don’t forget about what’s happening around you. Most times I run without music, especially if I am alone, the sounds of the city, nature and everything else isn’t too bad to be immersed in.
5. MAKE A POST WORKOUT PLAN
If you live in a city filled with temptation (alcohol and donuts included), it’s best for you to make a post-workout plan. After a nice long-run you probably feel like you can eat and drink any and everything (or maybe that’s just me), but you can stay safe and avoid bad habits if you have your post run meal setup. For myself, it’s not always a full on meal, I enjoy post workout shakes and/or healthy snacks. Depending on your diet, what you’re training for, and your overall health goals – it’s best to have these things set up in advance or have your healthy go-to food spots on hand.