15 Tips For Outdoor Running Safety

Unfortunately, we live in a world where a solitary pastime can be controlled by fear. With the many dangers that loom around every curve, I’ve decided to compile a list of proactive steps we can take to become defensive runners and continue to stay healthy on the road/trail.

 

1. Keep a family member/friend in the loop: Let them know exactly where you’re going, and what time you plan on starting/finishing.

2. Take your phone: Just in case of an emergency, or unexpected injury. Once, my hip gave out on a long run, and I was 6 mi. away from my car! Fortunately, I was able to call for someone to pick me up at the nearest trailhead.
3. Personal ID: ID bracelet, emergency contact numbers, blood type, allergies, etc.
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5 Easy Steps To Make A Banner

At the Rehab, we recently had a breakfast potluck for our occupational therapists to celebrate OT Month. I decided to dig out my inner crafty side, and attempt to make a banner for the occasion!

Supplies
– Printer
– Scissors
– Card stock
– Glue stick
– Markers
– Stapler
– Ribbon

STEP 1: Find a template with the desired shape for each letter. In my case, I decided to use a puzzle piece. Giant jigsaw puzzles are popular at work. I printed out this free sample template from K3 Teacher Resources.

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It’s Been Awhile

Well, I think it’s safe to say, “it’s been awhile”. Unfortunately, my little friend I like to call procrastination wasn’t just a bad school habit…more like a bad life habit.

Anyway, here’s the lost time in a nutshell:
▪️ My blogging stopped shortly before a young local woman was killed along a popular trail I frequently ran on. She was so similar to me, that she very well could have been me. Suddenly what I considered “my escape” was now consumed with fear and anxiety. It took a while for me to start running outdoors again, but I like to think I’m not one to allow fear to control me. I’ll try to write up a list of some of the steps I took to make my outdoor runs safer.

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Winter Miles Challenge 2014

So I’ve realized that the best way to set running goals is to act on my emotions. At least that’s how I ended up running my first half marathon! Now, for my first running goal of 2014…On a whim I’ve decided to participate in the 2014 Winter Miles Challenge by Jess (Brought to my attention by Lisa at Chasin’ Bunnies). The free challenge begins on January 6, 2014. It is exactly what I need to continue to make running progress and to stay motivated when I start my last semester of PT school. I’ve decided to choose the Intermediate level- 20 miles each week. I was barely running a little over 20 miles a week towards the end of my training, so I definitely think this will be a challenge.

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::Cricket:: ::Cricket::

So I’m ashamed to admit that my running mileage has dropped SIGNIFICANTLY since the half marathon. Suddenly a week of rest and light work turned into almost a month! No use in making excuses (Like.. it’s too cold, tired from work, not feeling well etc. etc.). Now that clinicals are over, I have PLENTY of time to make room for a run. Today I ran 5 miles at UTSA’s indoor track. One lap = 1/6 of mile! Oh my! I prefer less loops, buuut at least it was better than a treadmill…I think. The run felt good. Of course I never regret a run once I actually go out and do it. I just need to remember that feeling to get me up and going!

Anyway, I’m starting to think of goals for 2014, and I’m thinking that signing up for plenty of races is in order. I really think it will keep me on track, so I continue to progress. So far I’m pretty sure they will be local, since school will still be in session in the Spring and hopefully new job in the Summer/Fall. =) Many things to look forward to (I sense a list coming in the near future!) Well that’s all for now folks. This upcoming week’s weather is high in 60°s and low in 30°s/40°s. I guess it’s better than just staying in the 30°s like last week. I know this is NOTHING compared to other frigid places, but I am a Texas gal so I might freeze!! This article pretty much sums it up. 🙂 [10 Reasons Texans Hate Cold Weather]

 

Have you ever “fallen off the wagon”? What do you do to get back on track with your running/workouts?