Today is National Running Day. While it's not a national holiday (yet) it is a great time to celebrate the sport and how much joy it brings me. Over the years I've written a lot about running. And I'm always keen to make it easier and safer for more moms to hit the open roads. That's why I'm sharing my picks for essential running gear for safety.
Related: Tips for winter running
Running Safety Tips
Let's start with the basics. Use these as a reminder to keep yourself safe while you do something GREAT for your mind and body.
- Be visible. Let's start with being visible. I always try to wear something bright like these New Balance running shoes or a bright top.
- Stay alert. I also avoid headphones unless I am on a treadmill or running in a very pedestrian area in the middle of the day. I want to be seen and have my senses available. If you MUST listen to music, only use one ear bud.
- Plan wisely. I try to pick routes that are well lit and not secluded. I often run with a running partner and I don't run at night. You can get more safety tips from this Shape article.
- Momtrends Tip: Trust your intuition. If you see someone who makes you feel unsafe, find a safe area to wait it out or run the other way. I'm reading a book called The Gift of Fear and it spells out that we are often our own best protector.
My Essential Running Gear for Safety
In addition to these tips, there is gear to keep you safe. I carry a bit of cash on me for an emergency cab ride or metro fare as well as an ID (I use an old driver's license) and my phone.
To stash these essentials, I need a running belt. I have tried many running belts over the years. And my girls love to mock my "fanny pack" but safety comes first for this female runner.
I carry a small waist belt to hold all of my running essentials. Fit it to your waist snuggly with the adjustable band and clip it on and off. It comes in a bunch of colors. This is an ideal gift for a runner and I suggest buying two. Stash one in your gym bag or suitcase. You can order a running belt online at Amazon here. (note this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
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Carry ID When Running
If I can't convince you to carry a belt, I would suggest a ROAD iD. The company is all about keeping runners safe. The ROAD iD is a simple bracelet with your emergency information on it. Customize the information on your bracelet and then pick a color. (note this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
My bright green ID has my emergency contact and some general information about me (but not TOO much information). It's in a bright color so it will be noticed if something happens to me. It's waterproof and very lightweight.
Pepper Spray + Personal Alarm
If you are following the common sense running rules, you should eliminate a lot of the risk of running, but it's still a good idea to be prepared. I like having some defense tools that could help get me to safety quickly like a LOUD alarm and pepper spray.
This option comes with an adjustable reflective runner hand strap makes it easy to take pepper gel with on the go and have ready for immediate access when seconds count Get the Sabre Pepper Spray plus personal alarm combo on Amazon here. (note this is an Amazon Affiliate link).
I like this option because it also includes a bright light to help to make walking and running safer in the dark. You are going to want to practice and test both of these items before you head out for your runs. Don't expect to be adept at this without practice.
These are my safety essentials. Let me know what I missed and keep running friends!
MORE RUNNING FROM MOMTRENDS
- Tips for Taking the Tough Mudder 5K Challenge: get yourself moving with a virtual challenge
- Tips for Running with Tweens and Kids: ideas to get your kids involved.
- Tips for getting girls into running: girl-specific running programs.
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