One of the great things about running is that it is a simple activity, but from time to time it is important to stop and remind ourselves that we need to stay safe while running.
Here are some safety reminders for you:
- Know where you are going and plan a route before you leave your home. Looking confused and lost can make you a target.
- Always tell someone where you are going.
- Stay on well-travelled and well-lit roads. Don’t take shortcuts through woods or poorly lit areas. Always run against the traffic so you can see any potential dangers coming. You’re much more likely to be able to get out the way quickly of cars or road users if you can see them first.
- If possible, run with a friend or in a group. If you have a dog, they can make great running partners.
- Ditch the headphones as these can make you vulnerable to approaching traffic and people. If you can’t run without them, then only use one earbud.
- Bring your phone and make sure the battery is charged.
- Enabling the medical ID function or downloading GPS tracking apps are easy and effective ways your phone can help to keep you safe.
- Vary your routes. Don’t be predictable.
- Make sure you can be seen by wearing brightly coloured, reflective clothing and use a head torch or flashing armband.
- Don’t get distracted. Perpetrators specifically look for people who aren’t 100 percent aware of their surroundings.
- If someone looks suspicious to you, cross the street, or go the other way.
- Display confidence by maintaining an upright posture.
- Trust your gut. If something or someone doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
- Conduct a warm up and cool down. This could include a five-minute steady walk and a stretch.