I’ll be the one lit up like a Christmas Tree!
( November is Runner Safety Month)
It is really easy to become hyper aware of all of the dangers that can present while running when something horrific happens, but it can be just as easy to get into your training groove and forget that it is important to be cognizant of potential dangers. The best thing to do is run aware and be cautious. A few easy tips are to try and run in well-lit areas, and since that isn’t possible at all times, wearing reflective, light-colored clothing, carrying some kind of protection, and being aware of surroundings is key.
Each time I run, I bring my Run Angel personal safety device. This is a device worn on the wrist, that when activated sends out a very loud, high-pitch 120dB alarm. Not only will the sound alert others that something is happening, but the perpetrator will be scared and your contacts linked with your Run Angel app will be sent an SMS text and an email with your exact location. I even wore mine all around Europe while traveling in areas that felt like a little extra protection might be smart. I am a Run Angel Ambassador and you can use my code OLIVE15 for 15% off your own Run Angel here: https://runangel.com/
My Noxgear Vest is my best friend on my early runs with Olive or my running partners. This vest is so light-weight I don’t even notice that it is on, it lights up like a Christmas tree, and others are sure to see you running in the dark. I don’t know about you, but the mesh, reflective vests felt so cumbersome, got sweaty, and really didn’t seem to work all that well. Noxgear vests are on sale now, so check them out here: https://www.noxgear.com/
Pepper spray is just always a good idea. I carry mine along with my Run Angel to immediately fight off a potentially dangerous person or even an animal on a trail. You just never know.
Road iD is a wearable identification that has all the information needed to provide a first-responder the essentials. Who you are, who your emergency contact is, any allergies, and there’s even room to put a motivating phrase or a 26.2 or 13.1 plate on it. Not only has this tiny wrist-band saved countless lives, it has helped reconnect runners and cyclists with their families. Create your personalized ID here: https://www.roadid.com/
It can’t hurt to take a self-defense class. Even if you took a class years ago, refreshing how you would react in a potentially dangerous situation is a great idea! Look for a class put on by your local police station.
Running with your phone may be annoying for some, but it could be a potential life saver in many situations.
I hope that you are able to find some of these tips helpful! Please feel free to share with me anything you use to be more visible, safe, and keep yourself protected during these winter running months, I’d love to hear. Run safely, friends!