November is National Running Safety Month. While our favorite sport is fun and healthy, there can be potential risks on the road. If we are prepared and use the right precautions, our runs can be as enjoyable as they should be. There are two key areas when it comes to safety for runners.
Be visible. If you are running at night or in the early morning before the sun comes up, you need to stay visible to vehicles. Whether it be reflective clothing, shoes or lights, you need to wear something that allows a driver to spot you. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to be cautious and look out for oncoming cars, but it does make things safer.
Buddy up. Running solo can be nice, but it’s not always the safest option. Run with a running buddy or a local group. If you must run alone, be sure to let someone know that you are out running and your anticipated route and return time. Also, some runners carry a small handheld pepper spray. That is a great idea, especially for the women runners.
Companies like Brooks and New Balance are really focusing on “being seen” out there on the road. Here are some of my favorites from what I’ve seen.
There are so many different lights and other accessories to just clip on or put on your arm when you run in the dark. The amount of choices is amazing. No matter what you choose, just be visible!