Tuesday, August 5, 2014

5 Safety Tips For Runners

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know I love to run. I usually get up and workout in the morning (around 5am) and then head out on the weekends around 7:30 in the morning.

I am a very cautious person and have learned to listen to my gut when it comes to things like running. I work in an industry where I hear, and have to share, a lot of bad stories. I'm aware of who is living in our city and the crime that goes on here. Running is one of my greatest loves. I love to talk about it. Sometimes, you have to share the not-so-good parts too. I've had two very scary encounters while I was alone; but,  I've learned from them and hope to share some tips for staying safe with you.

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Today I'm linking up with Patty, April  and Erica for their "Tuesday On the Run" series. Thanks for hosting ladies!! 

Today's topic is "Runner Safety."



My 5 Tips for Staying Safe While Running:


1. Avoid Secluded/Dark Areas: Although I love the idea of running along trails in the coulees, or in the woods, I do not run alone in these areas. I also avoid running when it's dark out on normally busy streets.  I live in a city that doesn't come alive until later in the morning.so my 5am morning runs are always done, at my home, on the treadmill. If you do want to run in the dark or in secluded areas consider running with a buddy or, even better, a group.

2. Be Alert: I love listening to music when I run. I download new music and have separate playlists for different distances. Music motivates me. When I'm running outside I only wear one headphone and I leave my volume on low. By being aware of my surroundings I can watch out for vehicles, animals (I can't even count the amount of times I've been chased by an off-leash dog) and suspicious people. You can't hear someone coming up behind you if you're rocking out to the latest Eminem single!

3. Share Your Route:  I always let my family know my planned route, distance and return time. This way, my loved ones know when to expect me and if they need to start worrying if I'm not back on time. Also, try and switch up the time and area you run so, if someone is watching you, you're not too predictable. 

4. Bring A Phone: I know it's not ideal, for everyone, to carry a phone but I always run with mine. I have all my music on it and track with my Nike+ app. Plus, if I'm not feeling safe or if I get hurt I can call my husband and he's able to come pick me up right away. 

5. Trust Your Gut: If you see someone suspicious and you're gut is telling you to a) turn around b) run faster  c) call someone DO IT!!  My police officer friends always tell me to look out for those who won't make eye-contact!  

Running With One Headphone

I don't live in fear but I think it's important to put your safety first.  


How do you stay safe when running?
Anything I missed?
Do you run alone?
Do you carry any protection when you go running? 


15 comments:

  1. Great tips! I think trusting your gut is so important! If you're uncomfortable about a situation/person/area, there's probably a reason!

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    1. Absolutely!! I agree! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Good tips. I have plenty of running friends who have had scary encounters. Always better to err on the side of safety.

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    1. I agree! I think (sadly) most people can relate somehow. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. Great post. I always only run with one earphone and have my phone with me!

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  4. Great tips! I always bring my phone because I do run in a very remote area (dangerous but I don't have many options where I live). I do need to invest in some sort of mace or pepper spray though, just in case!

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    1. You do what you have to do, I agree! That's smart you run with your phone! I've been thinking about picking up some runner's mace as well!

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  5. I have had a few sketchy encounters while running. Good for me though, that I usually bring Leaf with me. He's not really one to bark while we are running, but there have been 2 times I remember running with him and we passed a sketchy person. Leaf started barking - I knew right away then to start running faster and steer clear. I'm sure he had a sense of what those people were like and wanted to warn them to stay away. Plus, he is a big 110lb black dog - people are generally afraid of him (he's the kindest, most gentle giant though...)

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    1. I should have added 6) Bring your dog hahaha! Great addition :)

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  6. Sometimes it hard to find a place that has good balance. I don't like to run in busy, high traffic areas yet I don't want to be too far away from people!

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  7. Great tips! Mine would be get a big dog (if it's an option of course!) and take them with you. When I was doing shorter runs during the week, Harley usually came with me unless it was hills. The other week I was running at lunch on the busy river pathways and ran by a guy who had sweat pants on with his hands down the top of them. I looked at him quickly and he gave me the creepiest smile.....for a pregnant lady, I sure picked up my pace after that!

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  8. I almost always run alone and am super paranoid! So I never run through trees alone, never at dark, I rarely listen to music (if I do only in one ear) and I always share my route and approximate timing. I never run with my phone and probably should but most of my routes are along main roads where I can access a phone if needed. Oh and I always say hi to people and make eye contact along my route, I just feel it is my way of sensing them out!

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  9. I work with police officers too and they had the same eye contact tip. Plus if someone is looking for an easy victim they perceive eye contact as you being more confident and you are more likely to be able to identify them so they will often just keep going. Great tips and thanks for linking up!

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    1. That's interesting!! Thanks for sharing and for hosting again :)

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