Running Safely: What Every New Runner Needs to Know
Fall is one the best time of the year for running – the weather is just right, the environment is more colorful, and there are fewer people on the streets because many prefer to stay home or go to the gym when the temperature drops.[slideshow:90737]
Fewer crowds, however, don’t make your run safer. Neither does daylight. Just because you can see far ahead of you doesn’t make you invincible. Wearing headphones, taking unfamiliar routes, or never changing them can be as dangerous as running in the dark with no reflective gear.
Some data suggests that 122,000 runners get hit by cars and end up in the hospital every year. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a car driving at low-speed won’t do damage to your body if it hit you. About 10 mph is fast for the human body. Such a collision is equivalent to falling off of a 7.5-foot ladder.
Running is not as dangerous as BASE jumping because the risk of getting injured is much lower, but the risk of getting attacked is not. Novices focus on the right clothes and sneakers, which they absolutely must do, and safety tips get pushed down the priority list.
Be aware of exactly what precautions you should be taking before stepping out the front door.