Safety While Running
Don’t let safety hold you back from going out for a run. These are a few things I’ve added to my routine and gear to stay safe while out pounding the pavement.
Have an ID – With so many styles and brands providing ways to carry ID there is no reason you should not carry some sort of ID with you at all times while running. Previously a fan of RoadID, I was recently introduced to the 1BandID. With 1BandID there’s no way I’ll forget it since it slips right on to my Garmin band with no issues. And with several colors to choose from it will easily be seen and you can make your own fashion statement. For a more in depth look at the 1BandID check out my review here. No matter what style you choose, carry some form of ID.
Leave the music at home – There aren’t too many people that don’t like to run to music. It keeps you energized and occupied instead of getting bored. I’m not against running with music by any means, but as I stated in a previous post, listening to music can hinder your awareness of your surroundings. If you choose to run outdoors with music I’d HIGHLY recommend avoiding use before sunrise and after sunset. If possible, I’d also recommend using only 1 earbud, allowing your other ear the capacity to hear your surroundings.
Run during daylight hours – I readily admit I love early morning runs. However, if you run in a questionable area try to run during daylight hours when possible.
Light up the night – If you run in the dark make sure to use appropriate lighting such as a headlamp and reflective vest.
Something else I’ve added to the mix is a battery operated glowstick. Not only does it glow but it also has different settings (blinking) if necessary. The tip also becomes a whistle if needed and I could definitely see myself using this as a weapon in self defense.
Run in well traveled areas – Although it’s nice to have quiet runs it’s also important to run in well traveled areas. More people around means less likelihood of dealing with suspicious activity and if you were to get hurt you’re more likely to receive assistance.
Carry communication – I carry my cell phone on most runs, specifically my longer training runs where I’ll be out for more than an hour. It allows me the opportunity to call D if an emergency were to arise. Not to mention, it also allows me to take pictures along my route when I have the urge.
Just in case - Carrying pepper spray won’t prevent an attack from happening, but it’s always a great safeguard. I’ve also had my fair share of run ins with dogs, so no matter the distance or time of my run I always carry pepper spray.
Stay safe, my friends.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)