You lace up your shoes properly, you do your stretches and jog out the front door like you’ve done a hundred times before, even remembering to look both ways before you cross the road. Before you’ve even finished your run there are several things you may do that could be risking your life. Some of these mistakes could be things you do on automatic pilot without giving it a second thought. Read our checklist to make sure you’re not unnecessarily putting your future at risk.
- Keeping your hair tie around your wrist
It’s convenient right? There’s nothing like have easy access to an elastic hair tie for a quick ponytail whether you’re running on the treadmill or outside. However according to CBS News Affiliate WLKY, a Kentucky woman developed a lump which developed into an abscess requiring surgery. The cause? Bacteria from a hair tie, that got under the skin. Despite it being very rare, be aware that it can and does happen, so if you must use a hair tie, keep it in your pocket.
- Wearing headphones
Your favourite music playlist might get you motivated to push through the pain, but you need to be aware of your surrounding at all time, even if you’re running on the footpath. Never assume whether you are running on the road or the footpath that a driver of a car will see you. It only takes a moment’s inattention from either a driver or a runner, and we know who will come off second best. It won’t be the person pounding the pavement.
- Thinking you are safe running toward oncoming traffic
There has always been a debate about whether you should run toward traffic, or run with your back toward oncoming traffic. Road running can be particularly dangers and you should assume that the driver has seen you, even if you make eye contact. Avoid running on the road at night or dusk. At all times you should be wearing hi-vis gear. After all to be safe, you must be seen.
- Not mapping out your run
This point is important particularly if you are going off the beaten path. A wrong turn could mean the difference between getting lost when you’re not properly equipped, or even injury. Make sure you check the type of terrain, wear the correct shoes, and let a buddy know exactly where you are going and when to expect you back.