I have a love/hate relationship with running. I continually crave a good run and the effect it has to clear my mind and reduce stress. However, I’ll start running and once I get to a tiring point, I quickly proclaim to myself that I will never, ever run again. Yet, in a few days time I’m back with my running shoes tied and my mind ready to be cleared. The benefits of a good run just keep me coming back for more. Below I feature some tips on running safely outside such as in your neighborhood, city park, etc. so that you can keep yourself focused on improving your personal record.
Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe on a Run:
- Let family or friends know that you are going on a run, and let them know the location you will be running in
- Use an armband to carry your phone in case of an emergency
- If you like to listen to music when you run, keep the volume at a level that you can still hear cars and other people around you and possibly run with one earbud not in your ear (many people play their music so loud that they don’t pay attention to their surroundings which can be extremely dangerous)
- Drink plenty of water and wear proper shoes and clothing to prevent injury
- Slow down at intersections and driveways- remember not everyone can always see you or is thinking that you may dart out in front of their car
Same as the above tips with the following added precautionary measures:
- Wear an attachable flashing reflector light so that you are visible to cars
- Wear lighter color clothing to increase your visibility (or even a reflective vest)
As always, check with a doctor to make sure you are in tip-top shape for running and remember, the above information is advice! Enjoy your run 🙂
4 thoughts on “Running Safety”
These points are great, thank you! Now that it’s getting darker earlier we need to remember to wear our reflector vest on our evening runs. I hear you as far as craving the effect of a run but struggling to get into a groove. I think I’ve found that going at a steady pace helps, and going more often even if they are shorter runs, is helpful too. And stretching before, during and after! I also regularly need to remember to use a foam roller to break up the tension spots in my legs. Can’t wait to run with you sis!
Foam rollers are the best! I’m hoping to get back into a steady running rhythm soon- and running even if I only complete a shorter run. Switching up a run by adding sprints or mini challenges along the run is also a great way to keep your mind “on its toes”! Looking forward to running with you soon 🙂
What should I do if I need exercise but my knees just don’t cooperate. I am in my mid-50’s and have never been able to run very long. Is walking good exercise?
I would recommend talking to your doctor with your concerns. I am not a certified health instructor or doctor so I cannot answer your question, but I do hope you find the answers you need! 🙂