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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 =)
As you read in a previous post I recently ordered a 1BandID. You haven’t heard of them? Well, they’re new. 1BandID is different than other ID bracelets or dog tags that you wear in addition to your watch, GPS or HR monitor. Unlike those other products, 1BandID is the first and only athlete ID that securely attaches to and displays critical contact and medical information on your watch, GPS or Heart Rate Monitor band.
I first “met” the creator/owner, Joe, on Twitter. I stumbled upon the 1BandID site and I finally realized that Joe was the brains behind the product. After seeing his idea I wanted to get my hand on one of those bad boys. It’s such a great idea. Through a contest on 1BandID’s Facebook page I was named a winner of a free 1BandID. Woot! It arrived this week!
I hate to compare two products, such as the already existing RoadID, which I’ve had for several years. However, I’m going to do so, because it’s what I’ve experienced, what I can compare to, and what most people will want to know (is one better than the other?).
Most people will put the 1BandID on the strap where the holes are for putting on your watch. Anyone with a smaller wrist will have to put the product on the opposite strap (clasp side). As you can see, I removed the little piece of rubber that holds down the excess strap and instead put the 1BandID in its place. The 1BandID will now do the “job” of that little rubber piece I removed.
To be honest my Garmin is already pretty bulky, which I’ve gotten used to. This little piece of fabric/metal made no difference whatsoever. Even with a smaller watch I don’t think I’d give notice to the 1BandID. It’s light and flexible. Here’s a before and after shot of my wrist. As you can see, there’s no big difference.
Drawbacks: I wish I could place it on the strap it was intended for (strap with the holes), so it’d be easier to look down and see my mantra. Alas, this is not the product’s fault. My wrist is just small. And I can easier flip my wrist around and see it just as easy.
My other issue is my Garmin’s not waterproof, so if I go swimming I will still need my RoadID. Once again, that’s not the product’s fault. I hope to upgrade my Garmin in the future to something that’s waterproof, which will void out this issue.
Final thoughts: This is an excellent idea and a fantastic product. I was thrilled with 1BandID’s customer service and speed and would highly recommend this product.
Joe is such a great guy that not only did I get a complimentary 1BandID, but he wants to pass on some savings to you too! When ordering, use the code heidi64284 upon checkout and you’ll receive 10% off. Very cool!
With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to share with you my “Favorite Things”. I’ve tried to include all of my basics that I depend on for every workout. I’m not a label whore, so name brands aren’t a must have. I’ve gone through many styles, brands, trial and error to find what works for me, and find that my favorites change as new items are produced or with new products I try….but these are my current favs. So, without further ado….
My hat of choice is the Nike Thermal Running Skullcap. It fits my head perfectly and has the sloping design that helps fully cover my ears. It’s not bulky, but keeps the wind out. In addition, it has a small opening in the back for your ear bud wires to enter. I’ve never used this feature, but it seems pretty smart to me. Unfortunately I’ve had this for a few years and I haven’t found anything to replace it when the time comes. Still looking….
For warmer weather runs I take to the Bondi Band. It’s basically a hip sweatband. They have all different patterns, fabrics, and styles. It definitely helps to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes. A must have for sure.
For rainy weather runs I absolutely love my Rev3Tri visor from HeadSweats. I never thought I’d like running in a visor, but it’s perfect when you don’t want rain falling into your eyes. I’m surprised how much I like it and am taking to it more and more.
My running tanks are so variable that it’s hard to mark down what I absolutely love. However, I have definitely found a pullover for winter that rocks. It’s the C9 by Champion® Long-Sleeve Fleece Athletic Top at Target. I’m telling you, Target has some awesome active wear. I have multiple items from there and they all rank VERY high on my items I wear while working out. I’d highly recommend checking out their selection. And then when you can catch them on sale, that’s even better!
Alright guys, you better skip this one, but I’m sure the ladies will appreciate it. Having a right fitting bra is number 1 when it comes to my wardrobe. That’s no different when it comes to workout gear. I searched high and low for a bra that would work and the Nike Pro Bra. Bras are always an issue for me. Although some may be surprised, I am a larger chested girl. Not only that, I’m also small around, which makes it that much more difficult to find bras that fit/work. In addition I have a condition where I absolutely need good support. The “experts: say I should wear an encapsulated sports bra, but one in my size doesn’t exist and doesn’t provide the support I need. This is where the Nike bra comes in. I went with the XS, which personally I think is crazy. Looking at it off of my body, it looks like it should be a kids bra. It’s an interesting feat to get into and out of. I’m now used to it, but the first few times I put it on it literally took the wind out of me. Those suckers aren’t moving. The bottom line, and I’m not joking, if it weren’t for this bra I wouldn’t be able run. When deciding what to where for triathlons I’ve also decided to go with this as my “swimsuit” too.
After signing up for my first triathlon my next purchase was a wetsuit. Unsure if doing a triathlon was a one-time deal I didn’t want to break the bank. An Xterra Vortex Wetsuit fit the bill. It was affordable and worked perfectly for what I needed.
No big surprise here, but the Garmin Forerunner 205 ranks high on my list. D calls it my crutch. Unfortunately it does tend to be. At the same time though, it helps me keep my pace and know how I’m doing in my run/ride and how far I’ve gone. It keeps everything organized, which is perfect for my OCD. In the future I hope to upgrade to something that also provides a heart monitor.
If you run outside, especially by yourself, then you need the identification. Currently I use a Road ID however, I just ordered a 1BandID. It will fit onto my Garmin band and is one less thing to worry about putting on. (Review coming later). Having identification is kind of like insurance, it seems pointless until you need it. I hope that it never has to be used, but it’s there and gives me peace of mind.
On short runs I often don’t use hydration, but when I go out for the long haul I make sure I take something along. When I started training for the half marathon I kept my options open. I finally decided on the Nathan Quickdraw Plus. It holds just the right amount of water I need and has a pouch that I often use for my iPod on long training runs.
For all of my other crap that I take out on long runs/rides (cell phone, keys, etc.) I use the SPIBelt. Just like the Bondi Band is a hip sweatband, the SPIBelt is a hip fanny pack. It’s so tiny, but being made out of spandex allows it to stretch to your needs, which doesn’t feel bulky. In addition, it stays put instead of bouncing up and down like a typically fanny pack. It’s crazy how much stuff you can put in it.
I absolutely love Nike’s Tempo Track Running Short I love them so much that I have 5+ pair. After many tries with different brands and styles this is what I have settled on. They have the typically running brief inside, but don’t ride up your crack. And they come in a ton of colors. It’s as though they are constantly introducing new colors. I’m still experimenting with tri/bike shorts, so I’ll let you know when I find my match.
The Adidas Astro Pant are my pant of choice. They’re not as tight as tights, which I also have. Not being too tight allows me to use these to wear over my shorts when heading to the gym. Or I can put on another layer under them during cold weather. At the same time, they aren’t super loose either. The legs taper but have the back zippers allowing for a slight flair when you’re not running. Out of all my pants I find myself wearing these most and grabbing for them first.
Some individuals may not understand the need for Body Glide. Body Glide is an anti-chafing product. You place it in any place where you chafe and you’re good to go. Originally I did not like the first time I used it. It made me sticky, which was totally the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Needless to say it found itself in the junk drawer. However, I have found that it is a must-have when I’m running in the gym. I’ve tried to explain the use of this product to several women and they kind of look at me like I’m crazy. Having my target area for Body Glide be my inner thighs, they look at me and say, “I don’t have that problem.” I have some pretty big thighs, something I absolutely hate, and attribute to being a bigger kid and riding horses. At the same time I never thought I’d be in the minority for having this “problem.” Heck, maybe I’m not but everyone I talk to about rubbing thighs doesn’t seem to have the problem. That aside, this product rocks and not so wet as Vaseline. But it all honesty, when you’re chafing you’ll take anything that relieves it, including straight up Vaseline.
On to socks! After Asics recently changed the design of their sock I loved I had to search for something new. By process of elimination, my new favorite running sock is Under Armour Grippy II. I think they are so awesome. Just the right thickness, enough heel coverage to prevent chafing but still considered no-show. I was a bit worried about the grippy part on the bottom of the sock, thinking it might irritate my feet, but this wasn’t found to be the case. I’ve tried other brands and they just don’t do it for me. They keep my feet too hot. Some are too thin. Some too thick. I dig these Under Armour socks.I’ll end with my shoes, Mizuno Wave Riders. I started out running in trail shoes. Looking back I have no idea how I did it. They were flat, hard, and heavy. I remember walking in and getting fit for my first official pair of running shoes. They looked at me like I was crazy for previously using trail shoes to run in. They were surprised to see that I hadn’t killed myself yet in them. Heck, I didn’t know any different. And as with everything else, shoes aren’t the easiest for me to buy. My feet are long but narrow. Nothing seems to fit just right. But when I slid my first pair of Mizunos on I knew they were the shoe. They fit like a glove. Every time I place my feet in those shoes I find why I love them all over again. I’m on my fifth paid of Mizunos and love them just as much as my first.
Do you have any favorites that I should try??
Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)