I was so proud of myself this evening. In between patients at the clinic, I slipped out of my work clothes and into running gear and went on a 30 minute run! My morning was pretty busy, and I thought that I had missed the opportunity to workout, but I made it happen.
(For what itâ€™s worth, itâ€™s freezing here and I barely broke a sweat, so changing back into work clothes was no big deal.)
HOWEVER, once I got ten minutes into the run, I realized that I was being a royal idiot. I was in the middle of a nearly deserted and shaded park, in the pitch dark, didnâ€™t have my cell phone, and I was wearing earbuds. Practically begging to be attacked. I popped out my music so I could hear my surrounding and high-tailed it to the nearest busy street.
On the street, I realized another mistake: I was wearing nearly all black. Zipped-up black hoodie, black pants. Thank goodness I had a white hat on. But no driver wouldâ€™ve been able to easily spot me crossing the road in that get-up. And although the road was busy, I had unknowingly chosen a street with no street lights, so I couldnâ€™t even see my feet. I nearly tripped on the sidewalk a dozen times.
A+ for exercise effort, F for running safety.
So â€“ what could I have done differently?
CLOTHING: It wouldâ€™ve been wise to select a lighter shirt color, but I really shouldâ€™ve been wearing a reflective vest, like this one.
HEADLAMP: I shouldâ€™ve been wearing a headlamp â€“ this is something I really, really want to invest in. Plus, headlamps make you look totally badass, donâ€™t ya know? I am coveting this one. Alternatively (and more cheaply), I couldâ€™ve carried a flashlight.
COMMON SENSE: So hard to come by, and yet â€“ totally free! Hah. I really shouldâ€™ve just taken another route â€“ something busier and more well-lit â€“ or run with a buddy. Running in the dark isnâ€™t the worst idea in the world as long as youâ€™re smart about it, just donâ€™t do it in creepy alleyways and deserted parks.
What safety measures do you take when running? Do you carry a defense spray with you? I used to have pepper spray on my key chain (I had it because I walked home alone from the closing shift at the bar I tended); however, I tested it out once and only ended up spraying myself in the face. Not good.