How To Stay Safe While Running

Safety

It's unfortunate, but one of the realities of modern life is that we can't always be assured of our personal safety, especially if you're a woman. That doesn't mean you should run in constant fear (or not run at all), but it does mean exercising common sense. Don't run alone at night or in isolated areas (especially on rural trails).

Be aware of your surroundings. Since headphones make that impossible, save them for the treadmill. Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. And if it increases your sense of security, carry a can of a self-defense spray.

Safe running also means paying attention to the weather. Dress appropriately, with a cap and sunscreen in hot weather (don't forget to drink lots of water) and sufficient layers in cold weather.