Tips of Worry-Free Running
By Lisa Felder
Regardless of the conditions, always take the time to remember
the basic rules of safe walking.
- Walk with a partner whenever possible.
- Walk facing traffic. Pay attention to passing cars and be
ready to literally jump out of the way, if necessary
- Know the area where you walk. Be aware of any suspicious
cars or people who could be tracking you. Leave yourself
an escape route, if possible. Avoid isolated dead ends.
- Dont follow the same predictable pattern when you
walk. I like to vary my routes day-to-day and
- Avoid walking along at night or in the morning darkness.
- Dont count on outrunning a pursuer.
- Wear reflective gear or bright colors so that passing
cars as well as bicyclists can see you.
- Let someone know where you are going and how long it
should take you. I especially make sure to do this if I
am not feeling particularly well. Also, like any outing,
it is appropriate to let your babysitter know where you
are going so you can be tracked down if necessary.
- In addition to your personal safety, dont forget
about home security. If you are leaving the house
unoccupied, make sure to lock up.
WALKING AWAY FROM HOME
When Im away from home, I try to find a running partner,
I stretch in the lobby of my hotel until someone eventually comes
down to run, and I either join them or get advice from the hotel
staff on where to run. Sometimes when Im passing a runner
in a unfamiliar area, Ill ask if I can tag along for
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