Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Safely Running in a New Environment

Welcome to a new week Drummers!  I hope all of your training is going good.  Mine has its up and its downs.  And I'm not just talking about the hills!  Last weekend I was out of my comfort zone.  I was in a different city and had to look up where I could run by our hotel.  Luckily it was only about 1/3 of a mile to the nearest trail system.  So, I figured that I would plan to hit the fitness center on Saturday and the trails on Sunday.

On Saturday I ran on the treadmill for a mile and did 4.5 miles on the bike to get some cross training in.  I was hoping to run longer, but there was something not right about it.  The dreadmill felt broke and I just felt worn out, but then did fine on the bike. You can see to the left that I'm struggling to smile as I start to do the bike.  I even wore my Lincoln Marathon shirt from last year for some inspiration.

On Sunday I took to the trails.  I had glanced at the trails and looked at which ones went which direction and even checked which ones I thought might be safer since I was out pretty early.  So, come morning I got up and got ready to face the unknown....slightly planned out.  As you can see I knew I was planning on running 8 miles so I wore my awesome (yes I am biased) Bioskin calf sleeves.  I'm really glad that I did considering the fact that the wind was a nightmare.  So, they helped me prevent injury during training and they also helped to shield my legs from the wind.  An unintended benefit, I'm sure.  Well, since I didn't quite know where I was going I only got in a 6.57 miles.  I had to keep checking the signs to make sure that I was going the way I had planned.  On the return it was much quicker.  It took me an hour to do the first 3 1/4 miles and just 39 minutes to do the return.  Still slower than I wanted to be, but I'll take it.  As I was running along I started enjoying the trail.  As you can see below there were a few bridges to run under.  I didn't take pictures of all of them, but there were a lot.  The second bridge picture (6th total) below was towards the end of the out and back.  It goes underground for around 100 meters.  It was pretty cool.  They have a sign right before you enter to not enter if there has been a heavy rain because the trail will be flooded.

Even the paper towel machine
knows that I'm Marathon training!

So, all of this got me thinking about safety.  I could have taken a few more precautions than I did to keep safe.  I'll lay out some of the guidelines that I followed, and a few that I didn't and I'm not admitting to what I did/did not follow.

  • Be sure to have ID of some sort.  I wore my Road ID, that I almost forgot.  State issued ID will work if you can carry it.
  • Carry a small amount of money ($10 or $20) just in case.
  • If you are running in the dark be sure to wear reflective clothing, even if you are running somewhere there won't be cars.
  • Another tip for running in the dark would be to wear a headlamp.
  • Find a running partner or a running group to run with.  Even if you are out of town you can probably find one by contacting a local running outlet.
  • Make sure someone knows the route you plan to run.  Even though I use the "Live Tracking" feature of my route tracker it is better that someone knows where you intend on running.
  • Make sure you are prepared for the weather that you will be running in.  That means thermal gear for cold, waterproof jacket for rain, and such.

YOUR TURN TO INPUT: What tips do you have for safely running?

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