Getting outdoors for some exercise is a great way to clear your mind while doing something good for your body.
In the midst of a stressful day, I love throwing on my runners, grabbing my headphones, and heading out the door for a run. The fresh air, the cool breeze against my face, and the loud beats in my ears are enough to turn even the most sour mood into a positive one!
But as nice as it is to tune out of the world and into your body, it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings. Especially when you’re running alone.
I run solo 99.9% of the time. Because I live in the city, I never really FEEL alone, but there are still certain running routes where I opt to not wear headphones.
Lost Lagoon is one of my favourite places to escape to; it’s like a little oasis in the middle of the city! But there have been some unfortunate events over the past couple of years that act as a good reminder to always stay safe.
There are a few simple things you can do to stay safe while running. By planning ahead, staying prepared, and being aware of your surroundings, you can rest assured that your favourite activities won’t put you in any danger!
Let Others Know Where You’re Going
When I head out for my long runs and bike rides, I always let my boyfriend in on my plans. I share the route I’m taking and approximately how long I plan on being out for. I usually do my long training sessions while he’s working, so I’ll always send him a text once I’m home. Usually it’s a sweaty post-workout selfie, but sometimes it’s a simple “Hey I didn’t die and I’m home” 😛
Before you head out the door, tell a friend or loved one about your awesome plans and let them know when you’re back.
There’s something to be said about packing light, but when I go out for my long training sessions I make sure I have #AllTheThings.
My phone in case I need to get ahold of someone (and also for spur-of-the-moment photo ops!). My credit card in case something happens and I need to catch a cab home. A piece of ID. Tools to change a flat tire and band-aids in case I crash (both of which have come in handy before). More electrolytes and gels than I think I’ll need.
I may be a little paranoid about all the situations I’ll get into while I’m out getting my sweat on. But I’ve needed all of these things at some point or another, so I like to think of it as being prepared.
You may not need to bring ALL of these items, but I’d definitely recommend a phone so you can contact someone, a credit card, and your ID.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
As much as I love listening to music while I sweat, I NEVER do when I ride my bike. My hearing isn’t great as it is, and I want to make sure I can hear cars and other cyclists. On most running routes, I like to listen to music louder than I probably should. But in order to stay safe while running on trails or more secluded routes, I’ve typically opted to forgo music.
I recently got my hands on a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones (and they’re pink!!!). I’ve never tried wireless headphones before, so I was pretty excited to run without fighting with a cord.
But I was even more stoked to find out the headphones don’t actually go inside your ears. They sit on your cheekbones and deliver the sound via bone conduction technology. Because of my poor hearing, I was intrigued to find out whether I could actually hear the outside world AND my music at the same time with these headphones.
If you plan on listening to music while you’re running outdoors, make sure you’re running on open, well-populated routes. Try to keep the volume at a level where you can still hear what’s going on around you.
Or better yet, get your hands on a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones! If you order them from my friends at Fit Approach, you can get a free water bottle by using the code SWEAT at check-out. And shipping is always free in Canada and the US.
Staying safe while running and sweating outdoors may take a little bit of advance preparation, but the piece of mind you’ll gain is oh-so worth it.
How do you stay safe while running?
This post was sponsored by Aftershokz through my partnership with Fit Approach. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.