I know I’ve been a bit heavy on yoga and light on running lately. I guess I figured that since I’ve been writing about running for so long now, there isn’t much else to say. But that thinking is just… well, WRONG.
I think I mentioned, a while back, that I was helping a friend get up to speed (so to speak) with his running. I’ve been giving him bits of advice here and there and taking him along with me on lunchtime runs. Well, it appears that I neglected to provide him with some very important safety reminders. My bad!
You know that stuff that we could all stand to have repeated once in a while – just in case we start to feel indestructible or something like that? Well, here are just a few of them. Please, leave a comment to add anything I’ve left off to the list for the benefit of all.
- Make sure someone knows where you are heading.
- Have identification with you. I wear an elite bracelet made by RoadID.
- It’s a good idea to bring a phone along, OR a friend, or BOTH.
- If you run with music, keep it low, and consider leaving one ear free. If you don’t, remove an earplug when crossing streets or passing others.
- Look both ways before crossing the street – even if it is a road-less-traveled.
- Stay alert and keep an eye out for “bad guys.” Because, as we all know, they are lurking about.
Did I miss anything?
Oh and also the Toyota Prius is really quiet so be careful. It’s like they hunt runners. Great post I just ordered my I.D wrist band.
Good list, Juls, thanks… yeah, one more: follow through with regular check-ups/physicals with your doc. Athlete’s tend to have very high thresholds for pain and discomfort. Writing off the subtle one’s may come back to haunt us later. Now, to practice what I preach…
Exactly. I was going to add that to the list after reading the recent article on ultra runner, Caballo Blanco’s autopsy. It’s proof that we are not immune to disease.