Finally! We’ve reached the time of year when you can run in Phoenix without fear of melting or of having to call Uber to run you home because you’re too run down to keep running.
Running outdoors can be invigorating and fun this time of year but it also calls for being more alert and cautious. Take these tips to keep yourself on a safe and secure path.
- Run with a partner if possible. If you run solo, let someone know when you’re going and when you expect to return, as well as the route you’re taking. Let that person know when you’ve returned safely.
- Carry a cell phone and identification. Write your phone # on the inside sole of your shoe.
- Trust your instincts; if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
- Drink plenty of water and carry water with you.
- Run in the daylight if possible or wear reflective clothing and a headlamp if it’s dark outside.
- Never wear expensive jewelry or carry valuables when you run.
- Avoid wearing headphones or just use one ear bud in. Keep the volume relatively low so you can hear what’s going on around you.
- Run in familiar areas, but occasionally change your routine to make it less predictable.
- Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. By facing on-coming traffic, you may be able to react quicker than if a car comes up behind you.
- Look both ways carefully before crossing at an intersection. Be sure the car driver(s) acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.
- Stay away from uninhabited areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails. Avoid unlit areas, especially at night. Run clear of parked cars or bushes.
- Call the police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Based on tips from the Road Runners Club of America.
Rhonda Zonoozi is an avid runner who likes running half marathons. When she’s not on the run, she’s working as an exercise physiologist and a certified health coach at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing.