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Running Safety Month
Daylight savings happened just a few weeks ago and as much as we all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep, those of us who run and jog after work are left to contend with a slew of new safety concerns that come with decreased visibility.
In honor of November being National Running Safety Month, we recommend all nighttime runners and joggers follow these 4 safety tips before leaving home:
1. Take your cell phone. While running and jogging appear to offer the perfect opportunity to unplug and escape the endless phone calls, emails, tweets, and texts that keep us glued to our screens, it’s not worth the risk of getting caught upstream without a paddle. Whether you’ve been injured, lost your way on a long/exploratory jog, or just need the extra lighting, the safety utility your cell phone provides in an instant is unmatched. Turn it off if you must, but don’t leave it at home.
2. Tell someone where you’re going. Whether it’s a text message, a yellow stickie note, or simply shouting to a loved one, you should always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be gone before embarking on a run/jog. If an emergency arises, this vital information will give rescuers an idea of where to look for you and how far you could have gone.
3. Make yourself visible (“See and be seen”). After all, how can someone avoid you if they can’t see you? Flashlights, bright clothing, and reflectors are all ways to increase your visibility but should not be relied on this time of year. The best way to stay safe this November is to run/jog on well-lit roads and paths where you can see and be seen.
4. Know your route. This doesn’t mean run the same exact path every time you exercise, but rather to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before venturing into the night on your own. By identifying blind spots, potholes, unusual traffic patterns, and other obstructions in advance, you can spend more time focusing on your workout and less time worrying about dangerous conditions.
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