1. Run with a group–This is by far the easiest and most fun way to run safer. While with a group you are more apt to be seen by cars and least likely to be vulnerable by an attacker. There are so many groups out there and if there isn’t one in your town-start your own-I did! Best thing I’ve ever done. Most local running stores have fun runs or adventure runs during the week that are free of charge. Not only safer but a great way to meet new friends. Check out Moms Run This Town.
2. Wear reflective clothing–if you run early morning or evening, you must wear reflective gear. Many shoes and clothes already have it built in. You can’t assume that cars will see you because you see them. Yes pedestrians have the right of way at intersections, but don’t count on cars to always give it to you. I like to wait until they wave to me or give me a flash of lights before crossing.
3. Run facing traffic & know your route–If you must run on the street to get to a path or trail, run facing traffic. You can see cars coming way before they might see you. If you have to jump out the way you can. Be aware of changes in traffic patterns or construction on your route. My good friend tripped over some construction items on an early morning run this week and really cut up her legs.
4. Listen up-We all love to run to the beat of our favorite song so if you must run with headphones, leave one ear out. It’s so important to be able to hear bikers and cars approaching.
5. Road ID’s and Apps– I never leave home without my road ID. Now that they come in so many styles and even an interactive version, there is no reason not to have one. They allow medical personnel to have all of your contact & medical info on hand to treat you in case of an emergency. I use the interactive version to update my info while traveling. Recently they added an app to allow you to leave “digital breadcrumbs” to who ever you choose so they can track you and even alert them if you remain stationary for too long. A great choice for someone who does go out alone.
6. Carry a phone-Not only is is great to have for all those running selfies but you never know when you may need to call for help for yourself or someone else.
7. Trust your gut- If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
What are some of your Safety Tips? Anything to add to my list?