It’s that time of the year again, where budding athletes are hitting the streets to get fit in time for summer. With many people starting this new fitness regime outside, it is essential to consider your safety when running in open spaces. We have put together a few simple tips on how to keep safe when out on your run!
Choose your route carefully
Many runners opt to run the same route each time, which is excellent for familiarizing yourself with your surroundings. However, you mustn’t become complacent or let your guard down, as this can make you easy prey for an attacker.
Try varying your routes and be aware, if possible, of any possible changes in your surroundings. If you are running through a park, for example, it could be worth increasing the speed of your run so that you can cover ground quickly should something happen to spook you.
Try not to wear headphones
This is sure to ruffle a few feathers as many people like listening to music or an audiobook to help aid their motivation, and it is something that many people opt for when running outside. However, as with the above tip, if you decide to run through an area such as a park or wooded area, try not to wear headphones to be aware of any possible disturbances in your surroundings.
You do not want to be fumbling around with your headphones when trying to defend yourself.
Stay aware of your surroundings
Try not to have your head down looking at the ground, as this will limit what you can see. Again, try varying your pace and if possible, avoid running by yourself on backstreets or quiet areas. If you are running with a partner, try sticking together and do not let any gaps open up between you, as this can make it easier for someone to separate the two of you.
Let someone know where you’re going –
This is especially important if you are planning on leaving your home at some point during the day and you do not want to be wandering around aimlessly. Ensure that someone knows the area you plan on running and roughly how long it will take you. This way, if something does happen to you, your loved ones will know where to start looking and can inform the authorities as quickly as possible.
Run with a dog
Not only is it a great company, but dogs can also prove a significant deterrent to potential attackers as they are likely to put off a lot of people. If you have a pet dog and you believe it is strong enough, try bringing it with you on your runs, as this should help keep you safe from those looking for easy prey.
You do not want to be fumbling around when you hear a noise from the bushes, so try running with a mobile phone and personal alarm in a pocket or strapped to your arm. This could prove invaluable should anything happen to spook you while out on your run.