As a runner, you know how important it is to prevent issues before they arise. You hydrate, you choose your gear carefully, and you train with a plan to avoid injury. In addition to those self-care basics, we believe in the importance of a simple safety plan—so you can approach every run prepared to avoid risky situations.
“Prevention is key! Never get complacent with your personal safety—people tend to think that things won’t happen to them. I don’t say this to scare runners, just to stress how important it is to take five minutes and make a safety plan.” —Todd Williams, founder of RunSafer, two-time United States Olympic distance runner and American record holder (15K)
We asked Todd Williams, founder of RunSafer, for his advice. Todd and his organization are dedicated to promoting safety techniques among runners. Here are a few of his top tips for a more safe, enjoyable run.
Run together. Seek out more populated areas (or go with a group) to avoid vulnerable situations. There’s power in numbers!
Stay aware. Pay attention to your surroundings with your eyes and ears. Look around to get a sense of your environment and what’s happening around you. If you listen to music on headphones, keep the volume low enough that you can hear over it.
Go with your gut. If a situation or a location doesn’t feel right to you, trust your instincts and go somewhere else. It’s always better to feel comfortable as you run.
Stay connected. Let people know where you’re running and when you expect to return. You can also use the live tracking feature in the Runkeeper Go app to share your real-time location!
Be visible. It’s difficult for drivers to see runners in low-light conditions. Be proactive by wearing reflective gear or accessories to make yourself visible, no matter where you run.
Run with reflective gear designed to increase visibility in low-light conditions.