5 WAYS TO STAY SAFE DURING RUNNING SAFETY MONTH November 07, 2017 11:31
What Safety Measures Do You Take During a Run or Walk?
November is Running Safety month, and here at St. Pete Running Company, we are all about safety first!
We're sharing 5 Ways to Stay Safe on a Walk or Jog in honor of Running Safety Month.
1. RUN WITH A GROUP
There is safety in numbers. If you need a group, look no further! At St. Pete Running Company, we host FREE Group Runs every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM. Often we'll have fun Events affiliated with the run, like Taco Night, Shoe Demos, Hot Chocolate Run, and more!
2. KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN
While headphones are great for zoning into a run at the gym, they are not necessarily safe outside. Earbuds deter your hearing and awareness, preventing you from hearing approaching vehicles, cyclists, etc. At St. Pete Running Company, we have the solution for you! Aftershokz Wireless Headphones are bone-conducting, which means they don't go into your ears. You can hear your music AND your ears are open! You'll be able to carry on a conversation with a buddy and listen for any signs of danger.
3. GO WITH LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR
This is especially important at night when it will be difficult for others to see you. There are a variety of light accessories that you can clip on or wear during low light and dark conditions. Even if you start your walk or jog during light hours, you might not finish before dark, so it's important to have your reflective gear and lights already on. At St. Pete Running Company, we have many light accessories and reflective options for you to choose from!
4. PLAN YOUR ROUTE & MIX IT UP
Having a plan is always a good idea because you can tell one one or two very trusted friends or family where you are going ahead of time (but NOT on social media). Mixing it up is a safety tip that can help prevent your routine from becoming too predictable. Also let the people you trust know when they should expect your return.
5. DON'T SHARE YOUR ROUTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
While you might be very excited about your next walk or jog, refrain from broadcasting your upcoming route on social media sites. If you do share past routes, make sure only people you trust (and not the public) can see those routes on your social media sites and apps like Garmin Connect and Strava.
Stop by St. Pete Running Company for Running Safety Gear
At St. Pete Running Company, we carry a variety of safety products including reflective apparel, lights, safety vests, headlamps, etc.
Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.