With the Olympics showcasing the world’s elite sportsmen and women in London this year – and with the sun finally shining – there’s no excuse not to put on your trainers and head out for a quick run.
Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds after too many Cornetto’s, or you want to take on Paula Radcliffe, it’s a simple way to keep trim. However, whether you’re heading for the local park or pounding the city streets, make sure you keep your own personal safety in mind.
When you’re ‘in the zone’, and with your headphones blaring your summer tracks into your ears, you become more vulnerable to surprises (not just the ‘friend’ you didn’t want to bump into). Be prepared: stay safe when you’re out and about with these simple running safety tips.
• Tell someone where you’re going
• Make sure at least one other person knows your route. If possible, try and give them some estimate of how long you’ll be or how far you’ll be going
• Take an alarm: Safe Girl (www.safe-girl.co.uk) offers a cute looking lightweight gadget that includes a calorie counter, pedometer, distance travelled, clock, backlight, plus an ear-shattering 130Db personal alarm.
• Switch your route: Don’t run the same route on the same day every single week. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to fitness but it’s also a failsafe way of ensuring no weirdo potential attackers will study your running route.
• Embrace nature: a toughie if you find it impossible to run without your iPod. But by wearing headphones you are cutting off one of your primary senses, reducing your situational awareness. Ditch the music and listen to the sounds of nature for a total stress busting workout.
• Tie your laces tight: sounds obvious, but if you’re bending down tying a shoelace with you iPod blaring, you are making yourself a vulnerable target. So keep them double knotted or, try these laces which have been road tested by the Boutique Sport team through a marathon and a triathlon, guaranteed to not come undone.
Andrea Clark is the founder of Safe Girl Security, a company that specializes in stylish, cute and trendy personal alarms and safety accessories for women, girls, teens and mums with toddlers. For more information: www.safe-girl.co.uk