Before you tie up those sneakers — I want to share with you some essential running safety tips!
You ladies know I love to run…but it’s important to remember that the world is a crazy, and not so nice place sometimes — I know, shocking, right?
But it’s the truth.
And as a women we need to make sure that we take some extra steps to remain safe during our run…or bikes, or walks. So, here are 10 tips to help you stay safe while running outside.
10 Tips for Safer Running
Don’t Run Alone – I know this isn’t always do-able. But when you can, run with a running group, or ask a girlfriend (or even get your significant other!) to join you for a run. Having someone with you will not only keep you safer, but will also help to keep you motivated! Bonus!
Inform Others – So when you can’t run with others, at least let someone know when you are going out for a run by yourself. Let them know about what time you’ll return, where you’re running, and check in with them when you get back.
ID Bracelet – ALWAYS have an ID on you. One of the biggest mistakes most people make is not having any form of ID when they go for a run. I recently stared using this awesome Road ID shoe pouch ID — I even got one for Nik! — which doubles as an ID and a pouch to hold keys, money, or a debit card. The best part about this ID is that you are wearing it, so it’s not like you have to worry about taking something else with you.
Road ID was created on the concept that active fit girls (or guys! 😉 ) should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. Besides the shoe pouch, Road ID also has bracelets, dog tags, ankle IDs, and even dog collar IDs!🐶 Whatever ID you choose, they’re all super durable, athletic AND fashionable. What ever style you choose, you’ll feel safer knowing any important information is there with you! (P.s. Moms this is the PERFECT solution for kids with allergies! )
No Headphones or Safety Headphones – I’ll admit this is a hard one for me…but if on the rare occasion that I do run alone at night — I definitely don’t wear headphones. And even when I do wear headphones, I never have the music all the way up, I make sure I can still hear cars, and other people around me. There are even some headphones now that are external and allow you still hear your music as well as everything else around you…I know there is a brand called Aftershokz, but I’ve never tried them, any of ladies try them before?? I’d love to see how they work!
Be Visible – Now this on the other hand, is NOT an issue for me!😂 Always be sure to wear bright clothes, and if you’re running at night, reflective clothing — yup, hooray for my bright blue pants and hot pink tops!! Bright and reflective clothing will help others see you — I can’t tell you how many people wearing all black clothing I almost run into when I ride my bike home from the Pilates studio at night — and I have a front light on my bike! PLEASE wear bright clothing and reflectors, ladies!
Carry your Phone – Also not a hard one for me, and probably not too hard for you either! HA! In today’s digital world, your cell phone can be a savior. Make sure to program any emergency numbers into it and have it easily accessible while you run.
Know your Neighborhood or Plan you Route – Before you start your run — especially if you’re in an area you don’t know very well — take some time to learn about the neighborhood, and find some running routes. Use Strava to find local routes that others are doing nearby, or even just check your map. While we travel, we always ask for recommendations from hotel staff. The LAST thing you want mid-run is to get lost in some sketchy neighborhood…
Don’t Run the Same Route – This is sort of an extension to planning your route. But be sure you don’t always go the same way all the time. Scary story — in my hometown in CT, a women ran the same path every single day, was watched, followed, and was assaulted. (She was ok, and has since become and activist in safety for women runners.) I do NOT want that to happen to any of you ladies. There are bad people out there, and we need to protect ourselves.
Run Facing Traffic – I hope this is obvious — but apparently it still isn’t to everyone, as I still see it from time to time. ALWAYS run facing traffic so that you can see what is coming.
Don’t Forget to Stretch – YES, this is important for safety — stretch after your runs to prevent injury, muscle imbalances, and be sure to take time to cool down properly. Try these yoga stretches for runners!
And one extra tip – if all else fails, you can always carry runner’s mace! 😉
Happy running ladies!
What tips do you have for safer running?