Planning your run can reduce risk of injury

Do you pay enough attention to planning your run? This becomes even more important when you are planning to run on unfamiliar terrain!

We would like to share a few pointers from the Arrive Alive road safety website:

Traffic: Keep in mind that when you run outdoors, traffic may well be a hazard.

Let others know where you will be running, and stay in familiar areas, away from traffic if possible.

Run on the side of the road facing traffic -run preferably in the early mornings when traffic is sparse and exhaust fumes are few and far between.

Always give traffic right of way and watch for those crazy overtaking speedsters who don’t care about runners.

Try to get a running partner – If staying at a hotel, ask the concierge for nearby, safe running routes, or possibly a school track.

Caution another runner in case you find one is not being mindful of something you think is basic—it could save someone from getting injured.

Do not run at night, but if you run at dusk or dawn, wear reflective material.

Whenever possible, run on a clear, smooth, resilient, even, and reasonably soft surface. Avoid running on hills, which increases stress on the ankle and foot.

When running on curved surfaces, change directions in forward movement, so that you have even pressure on both feet during the run.

Avoid unpopular areas, deserted streets, lonely trails – and especially avoid unlighted routes at night.

Run in familiar areas. Be aware of emergency phones and how they work, note the location of neighbors you trust along your route.

Be careful of the terrain and aware of possible pot holes and cracks in the streets and sidewalks that can cause major injury.

View the Arrive Alive website for more on safety when on the road!