Safety while running should not be an afterthought.
In this age of distracted drivers, busier roadways, and just plain crazy people, it is super important to put your safety as a runner on the front burner (not an afterthought). When I first started running, I rarely carried my phone. Most of the time I just had my key – and water if it was a longer run. Three years later you won’t find me on a run without my pepper spray or my phone.
As a result of events I’ve learned about, I now carry pepper spray and my phone with me on every run. Is it a pain to always have something in my hand? Do I hate wearing my
fanny pack iFitness belt for every run? Sure. Do I feel safer though because of it? Of course I do.
Then I found out about the Road ID App. Since my husband travels a lot and I run while everyone’s asleep, this sounded like a good tool for me to have. I run with a Garmin so I never map out my route ahead of time. The app lets me alert someone when I’m starting a run, they can see my route, and I can even set up an alert if I’m stationary for more than five minutes. The best part about the app: it’s free! That’s great news for this frugal runner!
The first couple of times I used the app for a short neighborhood run to test it out. I set my husband up as the contact. He was able to fill me in on how it worked from his end. The first time I took it on a long run (fully charge your phone to do this), his immediate response was “Wow, you ran way a long way out!” He was obviously impressed (and stroked my ego just a bit).
To sum up my opinion of this app, I definitely think it’s worth adding to your phone. It’s free, so what can you lose? I also believe that it’s important to carry a phone with you, although my family hasn’t realized I will finish my runs faster if they stop texting me.
In other news, I ran my second (and probably last) 5k of the year on Labor Day. I was a misty run, but I was able to finish my race before the downpour started. I set a new PR with a time of 23:23 and a first place age group win. I’m hoping some of this speed translates into a positive marathon later this year.
Have a great week and safe running!