Running is an amazing cardiovascular workout and is the preferred form of cardio for many top athletes. Running is an internal competition, and because it can be an isolated activity, it can also become a dangerous activity. If a component of your training involves running, then it’s important to train safely to avoid injuries and other catastrophes.
Cars are King
When you are on the road, automobiles are your number one concern. The unfortunate truth is that many drivers are distracted drivers. Cell phones, iPods, kids, breakfast in the car — these are just a few distractions drivers deal with. So when you step on the sidewalk or street side, don’t expect to have the right of way. Instead, expect drivers to be oblivious.
Monitor Your Training Behaviors
It’s easy to get lost in the rhythm of a good run, but when you lose yourself in the sight and sounds of your environment you lose your awareness. To keep you focused and safe avoid wearing headphone or ear buds. If you can’t hear the traffic, then you won’t know when a car is screeching out of control and heading right towards you. Run against traffic. This will enable you to see danger before it runs you down.
Dress to be Seen
If you are like most athletes then you complete the majority of your training in the early mornings or evenings. Although these times are the best for peak performance, they are not the best for visibility. To increase your visual presence and safety, wear bright clothing and reflective clothing. Yes, black is fashionable, but on the road a driver may not realize that dark shadow darting across the road is a person. Fortunately, there are several athletic clothing companies creating fashionable workout wear in oranges, yellows, and reds- to keep you highly visible and hopefully out of harm’s way.