Although this hound isn’t vicious, there are some dogs that are!
Today’s Run: 10 miles @ 1:46:00
Unfortunately, after my treadmill surpasses 99 minutes, it stops counting the seconds, which completely drives me nuts.
Today I ran my 10 miles for Meg. Whenever I started to get bored or fatigued, I’d start to think about Meg, and remind myself how lucky and blessed I am to be alive, and have all of my limbs. I also started to think about all of the dangers that are out there on the road, and what we (as runners) can do to avoid said dangers.
Obviously we can’t control the drunk drivers and the crazies that are on the road, but there are certain things that I know I do to avoid getting attacked by a stranger, hit by a car, even chased by a dog.
1) Avoid running in high traffic areas, and avoid running at prime driving times (like rush hour). I live in a small development that is a couple miles when I run the entire neighborhood, but it’s set off a really busy road. I won’t run on the busy street except to do the neighborhood loop, and I try to avoid it around 5:30/6:00 p.m. in the evening or between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., which I know are high traffic times.
2) Wear bright colors. This is something that never occurred to me until one day, when I was getting ready to go for a run, my husband scolded me for looking like I was going to blend into the road. I always make sure I either have a bright shirt or bright pants on while running.
3) Keep your phone on you at all times. Even though I don’t use it for my runs, I still wear an armband with my phone in it whenever I’m running on the road. It may be a little bulky, but I like to have it on me (not just with me) in case anything ever happened. In the pre-smartphone era, I was once chased by a hitchhiker who was walking down the road while running in Maine. Luckily, I was able to outrun him! But I was still nervous when I got home because nobody else was with me, and I was afraid he might follow me there. I immediately called the police.
4) Keep an ID with you. Unfortunately, this is something I’m not very good at doing. I guess because I know everyone in my neighborhood I feel like this exempts me from the rule, but it’s always good to have some type of ID with you, whether it’s your driver’s license, or you’re wearing a road ID. I generally do carry my drivers license with me when running in any road races.
5) Always tell your husband, your roommate, your mom (whomever you live with) where you plan on running, and how long you think it will take. One time I was out running later than I expected to be and JP came looking for me because he was worried. It’s always good to have someone that worries about you!
6) For bloggers, don’t publish what time of day you plan on running. I only publish this when I’m running on the treadmill. If I’m running outside, I try to change up running in the morning and running in the evening so nobody can predict when and where they’ll find me.
7) Regarding dogs: there are a number of unleaded dogs on my street. It’s inevitable that I’ll come across one of my neighbors dogs trying to chase me (which has happened on more than one occasion!). The worst thing you can do is try to run from it (they’re always faster). For me, stopping and confronting the dog and telling it to go home has always been sufficient. But if you’re someone who is afraid of dogs, you can try carrying pepper spray with you. DO NOT carry treats around with you when running, this will only make dogs more likely to want to chase you!
All of these above mentioned tips are based on my personal experiences. Please use your own judgment when adopting any of these techniques, as each person’s situation is unique to their environment.
What are some safety tips that you can offer?
Have you ever been chased by a dog while on a run?
Have you ever encountered some other scary type of situation while running? If so, what was it?