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Here’s the latest tips from the Road Runner’s Club of America for a safe run:
DON’T WEAR HEADPHONES. Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs.
Run against traffic so you can observe…
Cycling, although fun, can be a dangerous activity especially with the increasing amount of cars on the road. Here are some important safety tips to consider before heading out on your next ride:
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The weather is finally getting better, which means a lot of us will start to workout outside. There is nothing like running in the great outdoors. Feeling the wind at your back and smelling that good, clean fresh air. However, running outside can come with its own set of problems. You have to be smart about your safety.
Self-defense and fitness expert, Jarrett Arthur, knows that it’s important to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities–but she encourages goers to be aware of their surroundings. One of the highest ranking female Krav Maga black belts in the U.S., Jarrett comes armed with years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of men, women, and children over the course of her 10 year career. Jarrett has been featured as an expert on national television shows including “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “Access Hollywood” and “Good Day LA”. She gave Levo some of her best safety and fitness tips:
Prepare your outfit and hair
Yes, we all love our cute, stylish tops, but Jarrett says be sure to choose well fitting workout clothes and avoid pieces that can easily be grabbed.
Also keep your hair in a side braid or tuck it in a cap so it can’t be pulled easily.
Run with a friend
Finding a friend to run or train with outside is a great way to stay safe, along with adding some fun, social motivation.
Run with your dog
Can’t find a friend? Running with a dog is also a risk reducer, so take your pooch along or offer to exercise a friend’s dog.
Plan out your route
If training solo, choose your route ahead of time and approximate how long it will take you to complete.
Let people know where you are
Do not pull a “127 Hours” and not tell anyone you are going hiking so they don’t even know you are missing. Text or call a trusted friend of family member and notify them of your start time, approximate route, and your estimated end time.
Make sure you notify your trusted friend of family member that you are back from your run and safely at home or at work. If you’re worried about forgetting, set an alarm on your phone as a reminder.
Vary your routine
Try to avoid running at the same times on the same days on the same routes. If you can only train at the same times and on the same days, definitely vary your routes from week to week.
Keep your ears free and clear. If you are unwilling to leave the music at home, get an external speaker for your mp3. If you absolutely must have earphones in/on, only use one and keep one ear free. Also it helps to keep the volume down, so that you can actually hear people coming up behind you.
Don’t be a loner
Run on well-lit, well-populated routes, paths and trails. For wider trails stick to running in the very center, away from the trees and shrubs that line the path, which make for excellent hiding spots.
Don’t neglect your upper body
Add a set of push-ups (either full or modified on your knees). Runners often tend to neglect their upper body strength, which is a really important part of fighting back. Your chest, shoulders, and triceps (all muscles worked in the good ‘ol fashioned push-up) are integral to your ability to generate big upper body striking power.
Add a sprint interval to the end of your run. Not only will you blast calories and stored body fat, but you’ll be making yourself better prepared to explosively and quickly run away from an attacker, even when fatigued from your workout.
Turn on React Mobile’s “Follow-me” Feature Before You Go Running.
TheReact Mobile app helps you turn your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. React’s “Follow-me” feature allows you to have your trusted contacts track you in real-time whenever you’re concerned for your safety. With the push of a button, you can send an SOS alert containing your GPS coordinates to select emergency contacts via text message and email with an option for an alert to be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Once the SOS alert is activated, you’re automatically prompted to dial 911.
Marathon training is not comfortable. Training for the Boston Marathon in Chicago while juggling a full time job, a blog, and some semblance of a social life can be downright painful.
Don’t get me wrong; I love running. But mix in a little workweek fatigue and sub-zero wind chill, and “love” becomes a lot more like “barely tolerate.”
And then there’s that small detail that I am a twenty three year old girl who primarily trains alone in the city so lovingly referred to as the “Murder Capital of the US”. This may be shocking to some of you in view of my intimidating guns, but this makes me a prime target for creeps looking for an early morning runner with lima bean sized biceps.
I’m doing what I can though: Derrick bought me a face mask for the brutal lake winds and I’ve started doing dumbbell curls. I’m still looking for a 250 lb linebacker to hire as a personal body guard but until then, I’m not ignoring safety completely.
Specifically, I’ve downloaded some safety gear to my iPhone in the form of React Mobile, a free (and frankly ingenious) app for iPhone and Android.
React Mobile basically turns your phone into an instant SOS device. It doesn’t materialize the Ravens’ offensive line if you’re in trouble but, based on Baltimore’s dismal season, it might do something even more useful.
The first screen when opening the app is a huge shield that, when clicked, sends out an emergency text and email with GPS location to your designated emergency contact(s). It also gives you the option to call 911.
Imagine how shocked Derrick (my emergency contact) was when he received a panic text one afternoon while I tested this puppy out. Within seconds, he texted me back asking what sort of trouble I was in at 3 in the afternoon.
There’s also an option called “Follow Me.” The option allows someone to keep track of you in real time via GPS. I can see this being especially helpful when I’m running after work or riding the bus home late at night.
(Or when I want Derrick to track me on his phone as I run through our apartment building.)
Even though React Mobile is ideal for solo runners like me, I can imagine many other people to whom it would be helpful as well: late night commuters, people who frequently meet new clients, moms panicking that their sixteen year olds are driving alone, and people trying to cheat at Hide-and-Seek, just to name a few.
The app’s only disadvantage is that you access it just like any other app, i.e. you have to be able to take out your phone, unlock the home screen (if applicable), and wait for the app to load. Unless you’re being abducted by a particularly patient kidnapper, this might be a problem.
Of course, if you think that you may be in a situation that could turn dangerous, you can overcome this by using the Follow Me option.
Now, I don’t want to go around tooting horns that don’t deserve a tooting but I do think that this app has potential to be legitimately useful. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve found myself wishing unfortunately often that I had Ray Lewis or my mom keeping an eye out in case I get snatched.
My mom and Ray still aren’t here but now that I have this nifty app, it’s sort of like they are.
If me holding a miniature football legend in my hand didn’t entirely convince you, check out this overview video. You can also download the app here (also available via Google Play on select smartphones), and you can learn how to use it here.
If anyone downloads the React Mobile app, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I can even compensate your time and opinion with your very own picture with a miniature man (or woman or pet…) of your choice in your hand.
Read the full article here: http://www.notbeforemytea.com/2014/01/react-mobile.html