Due to the safety concerns about running in the dark (for women or men), I am finally feeling pretty safe in the mornings. Here's what I do to try to stay as safe as possible:
I carry a container of pepper spray. We live in a very safe area, but you can never be too safe and I would like to think I'm not (completely) naive. There is also the issue of animals that I could potentially encounter.
I try to wear my most reflective gear. However, so many items of running clothes are dark in color. Most of my pants/tights/capris are black, but luckily I have some light and bright color shirts and jackets.
***Added from my original post and I can't believe I forgot it! My 1BandID! Actually, I can believe that I forgot it as I never have to think about it, it just goes with me when I wear my watch. If you haven't heard of 1BandID, check them out! It's no fun to think that something bad could happen to you on a run or ride, but, I've been running long enough that I have almost been hit by a car and have heard of many more horror stories. Having an id on you so emergency professionals can easily contact your family is very important.
When I run alone, I ALWAYS carry my phone. I have had to call for a ride home from getting an injury, running out of water on a HOT day, and having too hard of a run and making myself sick. Having it with me, gives both me and Jeff a little more peace of mind. Also, I can text Jeff to let him know if I am having a slower than anticipated run so he doesn't worry if I'm home later than I originally told him to expect me.
My headlamp serves dual purpose (in my mind, at least). I use it to see better in the areas without as many street lights and also for the on-coming cars to see me better. The first couple times I wore a headlamp, I felt really silly. Now, it's just part of my morning gear...I put on my running shoes, I put on my headlamp, then I head out the door! Again, SAFETY is more important!
Recently, I was chosen in a random drawing on Go Sport ID's Facebook page and received FOUR safety lights. YAY! These were on my list of needed items, but let's face it; running (supposedly the "cheap" sport), is really anything but! They were delivered to me on Wednesday and I tried one out on Thursday.
|Thank you, Go Sport ID, for making me safer!|
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After finally having enough credit on Amazon.com, I was able to order my reflective vest. I chose a Nathan vest and it should be here in the middle of the week. Now, I will be able to venture out of my neighborhood, away from the streetlights feeling a little more comfortable on the county roads. Trust me, this is much needed after all the miles I have logged in my little subdivision and the surrounding 3. My brain will really appreciate the variety!
Runners, walkers, cyclists, what do you do to stay safe on the road or trail?