Who here has had nightmares from watching reruns of your favorite crime shows? Guilty! Things like that can happen in any small town or major city. If you are out on the road or trail there are some tips to avoid becoming the headline on the 5:00 news, and not in a good way.
First things first when it comes to runner’s safety make sure you have a plan as to how many miles or time you would like to run and let someone know what your plan is. This allows you to not lose track of time or get lost and to have someone that you trust know your plain. Sometimes its even better if you can run with a group or your furry friend. The buddy system is a great way to stay safe and also make running a little more fun. Another great tip is to stay in well lit places. This means if you are doing a late night or early morning run. It is very important to always stay visible from cars and other pedestrians. This means avoid running on the trails at night time to avoid dangerous wildlife and the occasional injury by tripping on a root.
When running it is also very important to bring a cell phone. If something happens while you are running such as you fall and are hurt or you are attacked by someone, that is your way of reaching out for help. Another important thing to remember is to run in places that have good cell reception so that you are able to call in case of an emergency.
If you are going on a long run or a long hike it is always important to bring a small snack with you incase of low blood sugar or need any extra boost of energy to get home. You never now when you will need some extra energy on your runs.