Keeping Safe While Running

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It's not a fun thing to think about but it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to running. Especially when we are doing solo runs or in a new area. Here's a couple of things I do to make myself (and my husband) less worried when I head out on a run.

Let someone track your workouts

I use the RoadID app on almost every single run so that Mike knows where I am on my run and if he's not home, he knows when I get done with my run. I just set an e-crumb that's sent to him and away I run. One time, it even helped him come rescue me in the car when I got caught in a sudden downpour and had to seek shelter.

We've also used it during my longer races so Mike knows where I am when taking photos. It's a lot more reliable than text notifications from the race (if they are offered) plus it doesn't drain my battery too much. Since Mike's planning on biking along the marathon course I'm not sure if we'll use it or not.

Be obnoxiously visible

Every single run I go out on, I put on the brightest clothes possible. It makes me feel more visible to cars (and everyone else around me) plus I won't get too overheated in the summer. I still make sure to triple check when I'm crossing a road or driveway (because some drivers don't) but I feel wearing neon makes me stand out more.

And, of course, if it's dark outside I will always put on my headlamp and blinker light. Even though the area I run in by our apartment is lit, I don't trust cars or bikes to see me just by street lamps. It doesn't always work, I did have my headlamp on when I bike going the wrong way down the path almost ran straight into me but that's the only close call I've had.

Pay attention to your surroundings

This is probably my biggest tip to everyone, whether you are walking, running or biking outside. Pay attention to what's going on around you. That means you might need to turn down your music and concentrate a little bit less on what's going on in your mind. But there are tons of times where I've seen other people staring at their phone just walk across a street without looking or I've had to dodge people not paying attention and weaving side to side across the path.

What are some was you keep safe on your runs?