Running can be a lonely activity. For many runners, that's how they prefer it.
Taking out for an evening run by yourself gives you time for reflection and peace. However, the practice can present some security issues. Here are some tips when hitting the road solo:
Use the Buddy System
- Running solo is awesome but for safety purposes its best to run with a group or your four-legged friends when possible.
- Let someone know that you are heading out for a run. Tell them where you are and when you start. Contact them when you return home.
- Use a mobile app that monitors your location so that friends and family can easily find you.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep your eyes and ears open.
- Always be on the lookout for suspicious people.
- Leave the headphones at home.
- Trust your gut. If something seems off around you then you are probably right.
- Wear clothing or apparel with pockets for your driver's license or another ID card and keys.
- Program your health information and emergency contacts on your smartphone.
- Invest in a RoadID bracelet. Read more here.
- Run during the daytime when there are lots of people around.
- Wear reflective gear or use a running light. Check your local sporting goods store or online for all the latest and greatest in running gear.
- If you have to run at night, be sure to run in well-lit areas and avoid dark alleyways.
- Don’t run the same route every day. Predators watch for people who have a routine. Try running in different neighborhoods, parks, trails, etc.
- Carry an item that will protect you from an attacker or an animal. Some runners feel safer when they carry pepper spray while others have been known to carry their keys.
- Have a backup plan in case of an injury or health emergency. Carry your phone with you so that you can call someone to help you.
Monica, a former Center Grove High School runner, participates in 5K, 10K and other races.