Stay Alive with these running safety tips!

Hello!

Happy weekend! 🙂

So, I totally killed my 10 mile run yesterday.

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It was awesome!

Okay, so it really wasn’t super awesome.  My brain is not a nice person sometimes.

It kept telling me that I couldn’t do it.

Psshht.  I told it to shut up cuz my body was in charge.

I whoop whooped every time my watch dinged every mile after 5 miles.

Yes, I’m a dork. 🙂  But it was a huge confidence boost for me!

Now, I’m looking forward to longer runs!

Of course, that means I’ll have to get up early while the weather is still warm so I can knock out as many miles possibly before it gets warm.

So, I’ll be running in the dark,

Which is fine.  I actually like that.  It’s peaceful.

But, it can also be dangerous.

Because, while you may be paying attention, that person who’s up early after not a great night of sleep may NOT be paying attention.

Or, while you’re up early and out running, maybe someone else has been out all night partying (or working – definitely not discounting the graveyard shift folks) and they’re tired.

So, what can you do to help keep yourself safe while you’re out getting your run on?

Well, first, I recommend losing the iPod.  I don’t run with one because I like to hear what’s going on around me.

If you absolutely must have the tunes (which, I totally get, btw), then at least only use one ear bud.  Keep one ear free for listening to what’s going on around you.

Second, run FACING traffic.

If you run with traffic, you’re never going to have the chance to dodge the car that’s hugging the edge of the road.

If I’m going to get hit by a car, I’d prefer to have the opportunity to get away and save my life.  Wouldn’t you?

Third, WEAR REFLECTIVE GEAR!

Seriously, don’t go out in the dark wearing your dark clothes and expect to be seen.

OMG, when we lived in Maryland, I used to see this guy out running sometimes when I was running – well, I would BARELY see him because he would be wearing ALL BLACK, no reflective gear outside what comes on your shoes, and he would run WITH traffic!

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Seriously, he must have had a death wish or something.

Me, however, I was usually lit up like a Christmas tree.

I kinda prefer living.

And being seen when I’m out pounding the miles.

There’s LOADS of reflective and safety gear out on the market.

Okay, okay, fine.  Maybe it’s not all the most fashionable and cute stuff but, um, dead ain’t cute either.

Stayin’ alive is the name of the game!

And I give you –

the  reflective vest!

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Or, if you don’t prefer the full vest, you can always just do the reflective belt.

Fancy!

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Do you remember snap bracelets?  Well, there’s actually such a thing as reflective snap bands!  I wear mine around my arms but you can certainly wear them around your ankles, if you prefer.

I’ve done that.  I have the marks to prove it.  And, that’s why I wear them around my arms.

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For Christmas last year, my sailor got me some Knuckle Lights.  I. LOVE. THEM.

They are so easy!  You just strap them around your fingers and they sit on your knuckles.

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I used to wear a head lamp.  I had 2 main issues with it – when I sweat (which is ALWAYS), it wants to slide down my head and it’s a limited lit up area.  I have to really turn my head to use the light to look to the sides or anything.  I mean, that’s fine but the knuckle lights give me so much more light and flexibility with what I can shine the light on.

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Plus, they’re really bright!

They have 3 settings – super bright, bright, and flashing bright.  The on/off button is on the top of each one, easily reached by your thumb.  I highly recommend them!

Of course, there have been times when I’ve been out running wearing my vest, arm bands, reflective key strap around my ankle AND knuckle lights and people STILL want to try and hit me.

I don’t know if they’re just drawn to me like a bug to the light or if they’re just not paying attention.

You can take all the precautions in the world but you can’t make OTHER people do what they should.

So, my last recommendation is PAY ATTENTION, PEOPLE!

Never, ever, EVER expect that a driver is going to see you and that they are going to do what they are supposed to.

Be safe out there!

Questions:  What precautions do you take to stay safe while running?  What’s the craziest unsafe thing you’ve seen a runner do?

– jennifer

Things you need to get started running

Hello, hello!

How is everyone this FINE Tuesday?

I changed it up a little this morning and hopped on my spin bike!

Okay, fine, so I didn’t HOP on my spin bike. Sheesh. I SAT down on my spin bike and cued up some random songs on my iPod (that means I opted for shuffle and my music collection is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get) and made a big, sweaty mess of myself in my living room.

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You know what really stinks? I mean BESIDES me after riding my spin bike. Good grief! That awful moment when you’re browsing a box of chocolates and you look at the lid to see what’s what and the chocolates are in the wrong order and you get a coconut one! Blech!

Anywho, I rode the bike. And it was good. I will CrossFit later. But, I would have rather been running.

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But, I’m not quite there yet. *sigh*

Soon.

But, that doesn’t mean YOU can’t go for a run! In fact, you totally should and I shall live vicariously through you and the distance you cover!

No, running to the fridge or the bathroom doesn’t count.

So, let’s say you want to start running….

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What do you need to get started?

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You definitely need a good pair of shoes!

No, that does not mean, go to the Target and buy sneakers or what looks like a pair of running shoes. It also doesn’t mean that you should go to the Sports Authority or other big box sporting good store and get some shoes from there. If you are just getting started, you definitely need to find your local running store (gasp!) and speak to someone there. They are trained to help you find the right pair of shoes for you. Some places even have treadmills and cameras and they can evaluate your footfalls and help find the perfect shoe for you! Yes, it may cost a little more money but, I promise you, it’s worth it. Plus, most stores have an exchange policy within 30 days of purchasing a running shoe – if it’s not comfortable or you decide you don’t like it, you can bring it back and exchange it! Now, you gotta love that! And you know Target won’t let you do that.

Running gear

Get some running gear! You don’t want to go for a run in your jeans (although, if that’s what floats your boat, then go on with your bad self!) or your snazzy business suit or, even worse, your jammies. Please, no footie pajamas traipsing through the neighborhood. Um, creepy.

This is when you can shop at Target! They actually have some pretty decent stuff. Running gear at a running store is going to be expensive and honestly, the only thing, gear wise, you need to spend money on is a good sports bra. Um, not you, guys. This part is for the girls. (ha! see what I did there? girls? get it? *sigh*.) Ladies, you definitely want to invest in a sports bra that will provide you the support that you need. Trust me, they’re out there.

But, as for shorts and a shirt, if you want to run in cotton, you can. I don’t prefer it. But, I sweat like it’s going out of style and cotton is oh-so-uncomfortable. I prefer tech gear. Plus, there is a lot of cute gear out on the market these days so you don’t have to sacrifice the cute factor just to take up a new sport. And, if you have a secret to staying cute while pounding out the miles, you better share it right now!

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Finally, you just need to go. Lace up your shoes, tuck your house key in a pocket, put your hair in a ponytail (if you have enough, that is. I don’t. Yet. I do little piggy tails. I think it’s cute. Don’t judge me.), and go out the front door. Don’t forget to shut the door behind you. Now, go run. Doesn’t matter how far. Just go. You’ll be happy that you did.

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Question:

1. Do you enjoy running? What’s your favorite thing about running? What’s your least favorite thing?
My least favorite thing is chafing. Ugh. Seriously, it’s like punishment.

2. Runners: where’s your favorite place to buy your gear? Do you shop online or in a local store?

– jennifer