There are two types of people in the world, those that enjoy running and those that would rather do almost anything else. If you're reading this, it's safe to say you are part of the first group. You know why running is special; It's an all-season sport, and it welcomes everyone. Anyone, no matter their shape, size, or socioeconomic status, can enjoy running. The only thing you need is yourself, a pair of tennis shoes, and the right mindset.
As others cozy up in front of the fire, runners add on additional layers to embrace the cooling temperatures. November is National Running Safety Month, and SABRE wants to provide you with the protective layers you need to empower your run. These tips will help keep you safe as you go out on your next run.
1. Wear Reflective Clothing
When running at night, it’s important to wear clothing that will make you more visible. It’s best to wear highly reflective clothing, like a vest or hat, and opt for bright colors instead of black. This will allow drivers and bikers to spot you and avoid any accidents.
2. Plan Your Route
Planning ahead allows you to feel safer and more confident on your run. Avoid unknown areas and if you’re running at night, choose a path that includes well-lit and more crowded areas.
3. Alert Your Trusted Contacts
Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return, whether it’s by sharing your location or sharing your route. Having a friend or family member who is aware of your plans allows them to follow up if something seems out of the ordinary.
4. Charge Your Phone
Not only will you want to have your phone charged to listen to your favorite playlist or podcast, but you also want to make sure you have enough charge to alert someone in case of any emergencies.
5. Listen to Music at a Normal Volume
You want to stay aware of your surroundings, especially if you’re running at night. Listening to your music at a lower volume or only wearing one earbud allows you to be alert to people, cars, and other situations around you.
6. Run Against Traffic
It’s always best to run on a sidewalk instead of directly on the road. If sidewalks aren’t available, you'll want to run against traffic or in the opposite direction of oncoming cars. This allows you to see everything in front of you and makes you more visible to drivers on the road, especially to turning vehicles who may not see you otherwise.
This National Running Safety Month, SABRE wants you to stay safe. If you want to carry SABRE personal safety products to help stay safe when running, check out some of our recommended products for runners.
Pulling the keychain out of the device activates a 130 dB alarm that is audible up to 1,000 feet (300 meters), helping to scare off a would-be attacker while attracting the attention of those nearby, helping you to escape to safety. The wristband adjusts to fit most adults and is sweat and weatherproof and can even be washed for peace of mind.
Pepper gel is safer with greater range; this canister contains 35 bursts (5X the competition) for protection against multiple threats and has a far, 12-foot (4-meter) range for protection at a safe distance. Unlike pepper spray, pepper gel resists wind blowback and is even safe to use indoors. Made for runners and outdoor exercise, this pepper spray comes with an adjustable hand strap for immediate access to protection that stays in place during workouts. The hand strap also features a reflective SABRE logo to increase your visibility to drivers at night. UV marking dye helps the authorities identify an aggressor after being sprayed, so you can focus on getting to safety.
Try our new SMART Pepper Spray on your next run. The smart device can be paired with the free SABRE Personal Safety App, with location tracking and 3rd party monitoring. The app is designed to send alerts to selected contacts by push notification. The alert will include the user's location when the pepper spray deploys, or the in-app alert button is pressed. A geo-tracking feature continues to monitor the user's location following the initial help alert.