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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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