1. Avoid putting yourself in high-risk places. If you can, try to do your runs in more crowded or very familiar places. Avoid running in poorly lit areas or by yourself very late at night.
2. Always let your family members or friends know where you are going to be running and for how long. There are plenty of tracking apps that can help with this. Our favorite is Strava, where before each run you can send an automatic message to your selected contact so they can track you.
3. Always carry one of these: pepper spray, knife ring or even keys which can work as well for protection. For as little as 15 US dollars you can get a knife ring. This might sound too dramatic, but it is better to be safe rather than sorry.
4. Don’t listen to your music too loudly unless you are running on a treadmill. When running outdoors, you have a few options to choose from. The first is to reduce the volume. Secondly, you can pull one headphone out or thirdly you can use open ear headphones – so that you can always hear your surroundings.
5. If you are tracking your runs and sharing them on social media make sure you don’t start your run from your home. Take care to protect your privacy by enabling the safety zone feature on Strava.
Run safely and sensibly taking your own security seriously