November is Running Safety Month

Happy Monday!  How is it already Thanksgiving week? It’s been two weeks since we’ve turned the clocks back, and I think I am finally adjusted to the earlier sunset. Speaking of which, did you know November is Running Safety Month? Of course, I think every month should be Running Safety Month, but the month of November is dedicated to spreading awareness of runners’ safety, especially since the days are so short.

Since it’s Running Safety Month, I thought I’d share some tips with you.

  • Safety in numbers: run with others whenever possible
  • Be seen!  Wear reflective gear to cars and others (cyclists!) can see you
  • Always carry your phone
  • Try not to wear headphones — if you do, wear only one earbud so you can hear better
  • Carry an ID or wear a Road ID Map your route ahead of time so you know exactly where you’re going

 

Technology can also help play a part in your safety while your out for a run.

  • Strava Beacon provides live tracking which allows your friends and family to track you while you’re out on a run. The user can select up to three people to send a “beacon” to enable them to follow you along your route, as well as know how much battery is left on your phone (so they don’t freak if the tracking has stopped!).
  • The Road ID app is similar to Strava in that a select number of people can track you while you run. Another feature is “Stationary Alert” which gives you the option to have the app notify your emergency contacts if you’ve been stopped for more than five minutes.

 

Lastly, something I never thought much about until recently, is the security of knowing your home is safe while you’re out on a run. SimpliSafe provides 24/7 protection for your home, and they have a wireless alarm system you can monitor from your fingertips with their On-the-Go Mobile Control. You will have peace of mind knowing your home is safe while you are away.

 

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What tips do you have for staying safe while out on a run? Have you ever thought about making sure your home is safe while you’re away?

 

This post was influenced by SimpliSafe.  I was in no way compensated for this post. All words and opinions are my own.

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