Hello divas ! I hope that your week been going well. Mine has been pretty good so far. The weather has been nice so I have been able to get my runs in, my weight training remains on schedule, I am surviving a busy work week and this weekend is a holiday weekend. All in all, it is not bad.
I plan on chilling out at home for most of this weekend, including getting my runs and workouts in while it is nice and sunny. I will be the first to tell you that I prefer to run outside (especially in summer) and absolutely hate the treadmill. It’s very boring to me and I tend to have more problems with shin splints and sore calfs when I run on one.
So this means that I do all my runs on the roads and running paths here in Chattanooga. And this time of year means I sometimes have to run in the dark as well (it’s too blasted hot and humid a lot of days!). Needless to say running safety is a big thing for me. So today I thought I would continue my running tips for beginners series and share some easy tips to stay safe on a run.
Run on a path or trail. One things that I try to do is to not actually run on the street if I can help it. I am lucky to live in Chattanooga, TN where there are a lot of sidewalks, bike & walk paths and trails that not only allow me to not have to run on the street, but provide me with some lovely scenery as well.
Run opposite traffic. If I do run on the street (such as my late evening or early morning mid-week runs in my neighborhood), I always run opposite of traffic. This makes it easier for cars to see me and for me to see the cars coming my way so that I can move to the side if need be.
Take phone & id with you. I never leave my phone and ID behind. I usually run with music which is on my phone so it makes it easier to do so. I also usually bring my health insurance card just in case I get injured along the way and need it.
Play music low enough to hear the outside world. Ideally, it is safer to run without headphones all together. However, I will be the first to tell you that for me that is not possible. I need my tunes. But I will play the music low enough so that I can hear the world around me. It helps that I have to be able to hear my garmin watch beeps for my run/walk intervals. This helps me be aware about what is going on around me.
Be seen in dark. Sometimes it is necessary to run in the dark. When you do, make sure you can be seen. Wear clothing and shoes that have reflecting material on them. Wear a headlamp or LED armband. Anything that will allow you to be seen.
Stay close to home. When I run by myself I will run close to home and/or run in a public place. My long runs along the bike & run paths are typically well populated with walkers, bikers and runners. Ever so often there are parks and picnic areas where people are hanging out. When I run during the middle of the week, I run in my neighborhood mostly.
Let someone know where you are. Probably most important to staying safe on a run is to let someone know where you are going and about how long it will probably take. This way if something were to happen your loved ones would know where to look to try to find you.
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