It is SO super important to stay safe when you’re outside running. I do my very best to pay attention to my surroundings, including sidewalks, other runners, parking lots, drivers, hordes of zombies, etc. Thankfully, I usually run in a pretty suburban neighborhood – there’s a sidewalk for me to run on 99% of the time. I know this isn’t the case everywhere, however.
I’ve put together 5 tips that will hopefully help you stay safe while running (or walking!).
- Tell someone where you’re going. I always let my husband know the route that I’m running and how long I think it’ll take me. If I am gone for too much past the time I say I’ll be gone, he will come out looking for me – thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet!
- Run/walk AGAINST traffic! Never go with traffic, always against. You’re more likely to be seen that way and are more likely to see any potential problems that lie up ahead.
- Don’t assume a car is going to see you. Pretend you’re invisible – and act accordingly.
- Wear an ID bracelet, bright colors, and reflection/lights. An ID bracelet will help identify you and any health issues should there be an emergency. Reflective clothing, brightly colored clothing, and lights are all going to help you be seen. I have some seriously obnoxiously colored clothing that I wear while running (think day glo orange and neon safety green) to help me be seen better. When it starts getting dark, I strap on a flashing armband to help cars see me better.
- Keep your music at a low volume. You need to be able to hear traffic if you’re running outside and near cars. I always have my music set at a level where I can hear both it and my outside surroundings.
Share with me: what other running safety tips do you have to share?