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Ready to Run? Stay Safe with These Tips

By Sandy Schroeder

You may be a regular runner, or just about to start. Either way, there are safety tips and comfort issues that are good to use. Here are a few from RRCA, the Road Runners Club of America.

Start gradually - If you are new to running, start with short familiar routes that are close to home, and stop if you are exhausted.

Run against traffic - When you face approaching traffic you can react quicker to problems than you can if cars are behind you.

Obey traffic signals - Make sure a driver acknowledges your right to cross, and look both ways before crossing.

See what’s going on around you – Be alert to everything, noting people, traffic, signals and changing conditions. Reacting quickly can make all of the difference.

Skip headphones - You may love the bliss of your favorite tunes, but you really can’t afford to cut off the sounds around you that can warn you of immediate danger.

Carry your phone and ID - Wear a pack that includes identification, phone number and blood type.

Run with someone - Line up a buddy, or run with your dog. Running alone can be tempting, but two people create a much safer situation that’s less likely to be targeted, and can create a stronger response if something happens.

Stay in touch - Call or leave a note when running, and let family and friends know what your favorite routes are.

Trust your gut - If your intuition tells you something is not right in a situation or with a person, assume you are right and stay safe.

Vary your patterns - Stay in familiar areas, but have several alternate choices. If running while on a trip, stay near populated areas including open stores or businesses, or get someone to run with you.

Avoid unlit, deserted areas - Avoid bushes, poorly lit streets, parked cars and overgrown trails.

Use reflective materials - Try to run when it is light. If you do run before dawn or in the dark, wear reflective jackets, shoes, lights and shoelaces.

Avoid strangers - Ignore verbal harassment. Keep your distance and keep moving.

Get self-defense training - Knowing how to protect yourself can be crucial if you run into trouble.

Carry a whistle - Use it when needed to scare someone off and get help.

Call for help – If something happens call police immediately. If you notice something suspicious or unusual, report it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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