Calling all runners, this one goes out to you! It’s November and that means it’s time to renew our focus on running safety. We are a company of active people, and we know that sometimes our adventures can have risks. But we also know that there are a few things we can do to reduce those risks! So in honor of National Running Safety Month, take a peek at these tips to keep you safe the next time you strike out on a run.
1. Stand Out
Whether you’re running during the day, while it’s a little gray out or at night, it’s important to stay visible to cars, bikers and other runners. One great way to do that is to make sure you’re wearing reflective gear and a headlamp. Try a reflective vest, a pair of running gloves or socks with reflective strips!
2. Follow Traffic Laws
Run against traffic so drivers and bikers can see you, clearly signal where you’re running and jog at red lights to keep your heart rate up! It’s simple, but it’s effective.
3. Stay Aware
Music can be motivational while you’re running (Eye of the Tiger, anyone?), but it can also be distracting. While it may be tempting to zone out and lose yourself in your jams, it’s important to make sure you can still hear what’s going on around you. Cars, bikes and public transportation may not be looking for you, so you’ve got to be sure you know what’s happening.
4. Be Prepared for an Emergency
No one wants to think about having a running emergency, but we should all be prepared for one. Carry a small first aid kit, have emergency ID on you (make sure any allergies are listed on it) and make sure your cell phone is charged, just in case.
5. Stay Hydrated
It sounds like a no-brainer for us runners, but it’s also a key step in running safety. If you’re dehydrated, your run will suffer, and you’re also more likely to make a safety mistake. So grab that hydration pack and make sure it’s filled before you hit the pavement or the trails!
6. Wear the Right Gear
Whether it’s reflective gear, heat gear or cold gear, your health and safety depends on the gear you’re wearing during a run. You want to make sure you’re dressed for the weather, wearing blister-reducing socks and taking every precaution. That way you can focus on being aware while you have a great run!