Friday, July 17, 2009

Safety Tips for Women Runners

I am officially addicted to long road races! It took me about 48 hours after finishing the Boilermaker to choose my next race, and I'm back to training for the 15K!

I am planning to run the Castleton Kiwanis Clove Run on August 22. Proceeds benefit the local food pantry!

Are you training for a late summer or fall race too?

USA Track and Field presents a wealth of tips and motivations for training for a 5K at

The most valuable information for every runner is in their “Finding the Time - and more...” section -- Safety Tips.

USATF recommends that runners DO let people know where you are going to be and how long you expect to be out, run with a partner, wear bright or reflective clothing, and run facing traffic.

I was on a work trip to Gouverneur earlier this week and stayed at the wonderful Lawrence Manor, a bed and breakfast. I told the owners the route I would be running and the time I would return, and I carried my cell phone with me in a pocket in my running shorts.

One of the hardest don’ts for ‘nice girls’ is the admonition to NEVER stop at a car that pulls over unless you know the occupants.

Please share your most valuable running safety tips in the comments section!

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