Let's face is, there are a lot of stories on the news lately regarding runners that go missing or getting hit by a car. It can be kind of scary for those of us that typically run this time of year in the dark due to our work schedule. Luckily that may soon change because day light savings time is this weekend!
I am definitely not one of the safest runners. I run alone. In the dark. With headphones. I wear dark clothing (with some reflective spots on it). Can you say "recipe for disaster"??
I'm not going to go through all the safety precautions, just one that I never heard about before. This following safety tip was pointed out on a facebook post for one of my run groups and it makes a lot of sense but one I never thought about and have probably been guilty of a few times.
For those that run with a garmin or other similar watch: Many of us will post our garmin results on various social networking sites. If you do, and you run from your home, do not start or end your garmin from your house. Walk a little bit away from home and start/end your garmin there so others cannot see exactly where you live.
And of course, always be aware of your surroundings when running and if possible, run with a friend or your furry friends! I don't think my cats will help me here. And my dog (that lives with my parents)...well, she's just plain too old for this!