Woohoo, it's Wednesday!! It's my second favorite day of the week!! We're halfway through the work week, which actually hasn't been too bad this week due to spring break. I have a feeling that today is going to be hectic though because I've got a couple of loose ends to tie up from Tuesday.
It's also Workout Wednesday. Typically, I share a new workout with you but today I think I'm going to take it a little different direction. Today, I want too talk about runner safety.
With the recent time change and warmer weather, more of us will be taking to the streets to get our runs done. On average, a pedestrian is killed in an auto accident every 109 minutes. Just last week, another young runner was hit and killed while out on her run. She was the mother of 2 young children.
Here are some ways that you can stay safe on your run:
- DON’T WEAR HEADPHONES. Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs.
- Don't assume a driver sees you. In fact, imagine that a driver can't see you. At a stop sign or light, look both ways. Make eye contact with the driver and wait for them to wave you through. Then acknowledge with your own wave. Obey traffic signals. Use the lights and crosswalk to cross the street.
- Run against traffic so as to view (and react to) any mistake an advancing motorist may make.
- Allow at least three feet between you and a passing vehicle.
- Be prepared to jump onto the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.
- During group runs, go single file when cars need to pass.
- Use hand signals to show which way you plan to turn.
- Respect drivers' right to the road.
- Run with proper ID, and carry a cell phone with emergency contacts taped to its back. Or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your shoe.
Check out this Runner's World article for more information.
Until next time--get up, get out, get moving, and be awesome today!