Running Safety – Always Be Prepared

26 Jun

A few weeks back I wrote a post about bike lanes to talk about urban bike safety (in case I didn’t mention it there: ALWAYS wear a helmet!), to follow up, let’s talk running safety! While I’m sure there are official websites with all kinds of great tips about staying safe while running (in fact, here’s one right here!), here are just a few things that I do to stay safe:

• I time my runs so that it is light out when I’m on the road.

• If I do have to run in the dark, I run with a buddy.

• I wear my RoadID on every run (you can order one at, check out mine below for ideas on what to put on there!)Road ID

• I always carry the following things in my running arm band:

o My driver’s license (further identification)

o My debit card (in case I need a cab, or some water)

o My health insurance card (I’m a klutz, the probability of me spraining my ankle is high)

o My Septa pass (in case I outright need to give up and bus it home)

o My car insurance information. (That probably sounds odd, but I learned when my good friend, Super Starling was hit by a car that in the state of Pennsylvania even if you are a pedestrian being hit by a car is a motor vehicle accident and your car insurance covers you not your health insurance.)

• I wear the brightest running clothes I can find so that no one can say that they didn’t see me (seriously, today I was head to toe in lime green, though I do think the outfit is even better when the colors don’t match… you know, electric purple with traffic cone orange).

• I run on the sidewalk in areas that are well trafficked but not pedestrian heavy, not in the street or in bike lanes.

• I tell Alex what route I’m running if I’m going out solo.

The gist of my safety tips fall under the scout motto “Always be prepared.” While it is unlikely that I’ll be hit by a car, those Septa bus drivers can be maniacs. I’ve yet to have to grab one of those buses to get home from a failed run, but having the option makes me feel more secure. Some of it could be considered overkill, but keep in mind that this list came from the same girl who stocks D-batteries and gallon jugs of water and bleach, puts Tupperware containers full of water in her freezer, and fills her tub with water at the threat of a hurricane…so there is that.

What do you do to keep yourself safe on your runs?


3 Responses to “Running Safety – Always Be Prepared”

  1. Chuck June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I used to have a shoe tag that had my info on it. I almost always have my phone with me now though, since I’m usually listening to an audio book while I run. I have ICE numbers listed, but no ID, insurance card/info, etc. on my person. The RoadID site looks interesting and it certainly isn’t very expensive. Might have to look into that! Thanks!

    • Jessica Main June 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Chuck, thank you for mentioning the phone! I mentioned having my arm band, but forgot to explicitly mention that I always run with my phone. I have ICE numbers in my phone as well, but then I keep my phone password protected which I’m fairly certain defeats the purpose…whoops!

  2. Ilana June 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Nice post! 🙂 I definitely have to look into one of those RoadIDs. I am probably a bit more cautious than most, but if I am running solo, I will only do so in areas that I know are pretty populated/busy. I save the quieter/more desolate trails for when I am running with a buddy.

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