Compared to swimming and cycling, running is a minimalist sport; however, there are a few things you should consider before heading out the door for a run.

  1. Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be home.  There are lots of running apps where family members can track your run too.
  2. Wear an ID, especially if you have medical issues (same applies for the bike too).
  3. Wear bright clothing and use headlamps if running in the dark.  I like to run EARLY, so a headlamp not only allows me to see the pavement, but cars see me too. Nox Gear and other companies also make excellent lights for visibility.
  4. Get fitted with a good pair of running shoes. Keep in mind that shoes wear out after 300-500 miles.  It’s a good idea to rotate shoes in when your old shoes are wearing out. Get a new sports bra when you get a new pair of shoes.
  5. Be mindful of the weather.  If it’s hot, take water and SLOW DOWN.  If it’s cold, layer up and don’t run outside if it’s icy. Yak Trax are great, but you still need to slow down so you don’t hurt yourself.
  6. Always carry a phone, cash or card with you.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings and listen for cars, dogs, cyclists, and emergency vehicles.
  8. Run or walk against traffic and stay to the right on trails.  Make sure you cross at crosswalks and obey traffic signals.
  9. Join a walking or running group or get your friends to run with you, even if your only willing friend right now has four legs and just ate your shoes.
  10. Have fun.  If I don’t run, I don’t feel like myself.  So, get out there!

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