Never run alone again

While I love to run with friends, I also really love to run alone. There’s nothing quite like running when it comes to clearing the cobwebs from my mind, or coming up with genius ideas. I love the times when I’m able to turn my brain off and focus solely on the miles and the times when I use the run to solve a problem or brainstorm around a new idea.

Of course, whether you find yourself to be totally tuned into your body and breath or tuned in to your own thoughts, when you run alone its also important to tune into your surroundings.

And since June is National Safety Month, there’s really no better tine to talk about running safety – and how you can make all of your solo running adventures a little safer. Plus, we’re offering two lucky readers the chance to win our favorite running safety gear!

Here are my five safety tips for solo runners.

Bring your phone.

Running is a great way to disconnect from our chaotic lives which may make it seem counterintuitive to carry a phone. Why on earth would you want to stay connected while you’re trying to disconnect? The answer is simple: it’s safer. Carrying your phone will allow you to get help in an emergency, alert someone if you’re hurt or if you’re like me, get directions for when you get lost. I carry mine in my Nathan hand held water bottle and forget it’s even there—until and unless I’m lost, of course.

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Skip the earbuds.

I love listening to podcasts while I run (especially 2 Dope Queens and Death, Sex, & Money), but I also know how important it is to stay aware of my surroundings.

That’s why I love AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones – their bone conduction technology provides top-quality sound without getting in the way of hearing your surroundings (cars, bikers, people, etc) –  meaning that I can stay alert and jam out to my favorite tunes or laugh along with one of my fave podcasts. 

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Keep friends and family close by.

When I run alone, I always carry my Wearsafe Tag. It’s more accessible than my phone and allows me to get help with the press of a button. If you’re unfamiliar with the Wearsafe Tag, it’s a small, discreet waterproof device that you can attach to your clothing and with the press of a button, Wearsafe’s Bluetooth-paired app sends an alert to your most trusted friends and family.


It not only provides me with an easier way to call for help, it also gives my loved ones peace of mind when I’m out running alone.

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Don’t forget your ID!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an adult, it’s that you should always carry your ID with you. In case of an emergency, it’s important to carry identification that can help 911 emergency services better assist you.

Who Am I ID designs easy-to-use bands and bracelets that contain vital information for you to wear when you run. Plus, it is the only 2 in 1 product on the market that will provide you a great visibility and contains ALL your info : name, age, blood type, allergies, emergency contacts, medical info and more … ( on a waterproof polymer strip ).

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Tell a friend!

If you’re going to run alone, tell someone where you’re going, when you’re leaving, and how long you anticipate being gone.

Running alone can be an awesome experience – don’t fear it – instead just make sure you’re taking precautions before you head out so you can run safe!

If you want to run a little safer, you’re in luck, Wearsafe is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Wearsafe Tag with a lifetime subscription for themselves and their running buddy and another lucky reader will win a Wearsafe Tag with a year subscription for themselves and for their running buddy!

Enter the giveaway!

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  1. Alissa Kelly

    These are SUCH good tips! I love running with music, but I know I have it too loud to hear anything going on around me. Definitely need to be more mindful of this!


    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      It’s so good to have music but so much better to listen to music on AfterShokz!

  2. Sadie B.

    I like to run with someone. If I run alone, it is usually on the track.

  3. Kelsey

    Great tips! I LOVE my aftershockz and my Nathan hand held water bottle.

      1. Jamie King
        Jamie King Post author

        I hear you on running with people for added competition and getting that extra push we sometimes need to challenge ourselves!

  4. Carrie Nilles

    I prefer running alone. But I run better with others. My competitive streak kicks in a I push harder

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      I hear you on running with people for added competition and getting that extra push we sometimes need to challenge ourselves!

  5. Samantha C

    Great tips! Starting 5am solo runs for marathon training, so I Love the Wearsafe idea.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      GET it, girl! No better hour than the crack of dawn for running the miles!

  6. Mackenzie

    Aftershokz are my jam! Here’s to hoping I win the WearSafe tag! I’d love it!!

  7. alysemb

    YES, all these safety tips are so important! I’m so glad you’ve got back up when you’re out on the trails, Jamie. 😀

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  9. Melissa Lotter

    I have started running with a friend as it is Winter here in South Africa and I must say that I am enjoying it far more than running alone. I feel much safer and it makes the time go by faster.

  10. Kimberly G

    These are all great tips – Runner safety is always #1 on my list when I leave my house for a run

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      I need to be more like that – always with safety on the brain – I’m getting better about it!

  11. Ally Fiesta

    I have not gone running for a long time since I am worried about safety. glad there are products available to keep me safe!

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      Oh – I’m hoping you can start running again with a little peace of mind!

  12. Susan Bedsworth

    I like to mix it up and run with friends sometimes and run alone at other times.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      Sounds like me! HA! I’m a solo runner who also runs with friends..sometimes!

  13. Teri B.

    Wow. I never knew this technology existed. Such peace of mind… thanks!

  14. Meagan

    Such a good idea! I prefer running alone but it sometimes scares me.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      I never want to be scared – that’s why I love this so much – it gives you peace of mind!

  15. Christine Bachman

    Im always running alone, mainly to fit my own busy schedule. Im glad to see these new products to remind myself that its not always safe or that I could get injured and having something to identify myself could save others time and resources ..

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      Schedules make running alone a necessity sometimes – I totally get it!

  16. Stacey Beatty

    Amazing tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. jessica m

    I prefer to run alone because I can set my pace without distractions!

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      I know what you mean – plus, sometimes it’s nice to just tune out

  18. Nickie

    This is such a great idea and a must have for every runner!

  19. Renee @ Getting Fit Fab

    I run alone alot, I have my GPS tracking always on as soon as I press run so I can be tracked. This would help me save my watch battery life. Also I know my mom would feel better since it’s something that can be hidden out of sight, god forbid.

    Thank you for sharing! If I don’t win I’ll definitely be purchasing one.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      I know what you mean about the phone battery Renee, it’s a constant concern of mine too – which is why I absolutely LOVE my Wearsafe!

  20. Matea

    I’ve been reading so much about runner safety lately, I’m getting slightly worried about being a girl who runs alone most of the time, wherever I go. Even when I train with my husband, we don’t actually run side by side since he’s much faster. Luckily nothing has ever happened, but you’ve got to be safe! I’m now looking for best routes in populated areas, and always aim to run at daytime as well. Thanks for all the great tips.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      Hey lady, I know whatcha mean, as a woman who is constantly running alone, I’m really starting to pay more attention to safety and the things that could happen…! It’s always good to be preventative!

  21. Cassi

    I walk alone although I wouldn’t mind someone joining me. The couple of people I’ve walked with (my husband and an ex-cousin) struggled to keep up.

    1. Jamie King
      Jamie King Post author

      That’s great that you’re out walking alone – sometimes solitude is nice for clearing the cobwebs – but I agree that company can also be great!

  22. Jennifer W.

    I prefer to run alone. I find it is more meditative and natural. This would be perfect!

  23. Crystal Renaud

    Excellent tips! I only run alone…or with my four legged friend. Safety is always a priority! xo

  24. Holly F

    I second wearing headphones like Aftershokz! I love how you can still hear everything going on around you so it makes them super handy to wear at work while I have background noise on while I do something tedious.

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