Chances are if you live in the Midwestern region of the United States, you're looking out at a scene of rain or snow and the somewhat warmer temperatures that you experienced this weekend are waning. Welcome to the last week of November! For those living in South like today's guest Blogger Caitlin Boyle, the SABRE team is jealous of your luck. Today Caitlin joins us to talk about her practical ways to stay safe while on her runs. Caitlin is the voice behind the successful The Healthy Tipping Point
blog where she shares everything from how she trains for triathlons to her second pregnancy and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy!
National Running Safety Month This post is sponsored by SABRE.
The days are pretty short this time of the year, huh? If you’re like me and love
to exercise outside, that means you’re probably running in the dark – at least half the time. Daylight isn’t a guarantee of personal safety, but running at dawn or dusk can make you more vulnerable to personal attack or being hit by a car.
November is National Running Safety Month. Here are four safety points to consider as you exercise outside.
#1 - Practice Situational Awareness:
Try not to zone out while working out. It’s easy to fall into a rhythm and get lost in your thoughts – this is actually one of the things I love most about running. But if you’re tuned out, you’re opening yourself up to attack or an accident. Keep your eyes peeled for people or situations that seem amiss. Listen to your gut feelings – if a park that you normally run through is giving you the willies, change your route.
Side note: A friend recently reminded me about this book – The Gift of Fear
. I’ve read bits and pieces before but really want to go through the entire book again. It’s about learning patterns of behavior so you can better recognize dangerous situations/people. The entire book is basically about fine-tuning your gut instinct and training yourself to actually listen to it instead of squashing it. #2 - Dress Smart:
If you’re leaving for your run at 8 PM, don’t don a black jacket, black tights, and a black hat. Wear bright and reflective gear. I absolutely LOVE my reflective vest
because it is super light and barely noticeable, regardless of whether I’m wearing it over a heavy winter running jacket or a summer tank. When you’re wearing a reflective vest like this one, cars can see you from up to 1200 feet away!
Click through for the giveaway!#3 - If You’re Going to Run in the Street…:
Do it wisely. Did you know that the road is actually softer than the sidewalk? Crazily enough, it’s true. If you suffer from running-related joint pain, you can find some relief from running on the shoulder of the road (or the grass). But if your neighborhood sidewalk-less like mine, you end up running in the road regardless.
Obviously, if you’re running in the road, this makes you more vulnerable to cars. I wrote a whole post on
I know this point is up for debate, but I believe that the benefits of carrying your cell phone (ability to call for help) outweigh the risks (target for thief). What if you’re on a long run and twist your ankle? What if you see someone else in distress and need to call 9-1-1?
(an American company that makes pepper spray for police forces across the country), I’ve been carrying their pepper spray and can’t say enough good things about the product. I feel
safer knowing that I have a way to protect myself if necessary. I have a spray that attaches to my keyring, but SABRE also has a version called
with an adjustable hand strap. I keep it in our jogging stroller in a zippered pocket (so I can reach it fast but Henry can’t ever, ever get to it).
Good luck and be safe. <3 nbsp="" o:p="">3>