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Chia Doc Talks About National Running Safety Month: 5 Ways to Stay Safe While Running

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What’s your favorite way to unwind?  I love a nice, long run and my day really doesn’t feel complete without one.  But as the days grow shorter, logging those miles often means running in the dark.  And that creates the potential for dangerous situations.

Dr. Gideon Lewis, co-founder of Drink ChiaNovember is National Running Safety Month.  Check out these staggering numbers according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 69,000 pedestrians are hit by cars yearly
  • 4,500 of those are fatal
  • It’s estimated more than 1,000 of these casualties are runners

Statistics regarding crime (abduction, assault) against runners are more difficult to find.  However, a quick internet search yields alarming reports about runners (often women) murdered or raped while running.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the case of Australian runner Chris Lane, who was killed by “bored teenagers” while out for a run.

Keep these Running Safety Tips in mind not just this month, but year round:

1.  Don’t run with headphones or on busy roads.  This tip is two-fold.  First, it’s critical to hear oncoming traffic.  Secondly, perpetrators often look for distracted targets.

2.  Wear reflectors or brightly colored clothing.  You’ll find lots of options, from vests and harnesses to tape.

3.  Don’t run alone.

4.  If you do run alone, tell a friend your running route.  Let them know when you finish safely.

5.  Run on even surfaced roads.  This is one a lot of people overlook, but I do frequently treat ankle injuries resulting from a misstep on uneven surfaces.

Share this with the runners in your life!  Until next week, Shake it, Baby!

Chia Doc

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