For some of us, walking or running is a regular form of exercise. However, it is important to remember a few important pointers from William Schoellkopf to get the best out of the experience.
- When running on the road, make sure you run against the incoming traffic. Since you can see the cars which are coming from the front, this becomes a safe option, especially in the evenings, as the traffic tends to be heavy at that part of the day.
- Wear bright or reflective clothes as visibility is crucial when running especially if there’s traffic close to where you are. Wear neon arm bands, vests, and even headbands. This helps drivers better recognize where the runners are on the road, and thus minimizes the risk of accidents and injuries.
- Running outdoors means frequent distractions, especially if you are distracted by the sunset, sunrise, or any other eye-appealing attraction. The last thing you want is to twist an ankle because you were too busy enjoying the swimming ducks. Be wary of the road ahead and stay focused.
- Although staying focused on the path is important when running, becoming completely oblivious to the surroundings can also mean bad news. Safety should always be a top priority hence you should be wary of the surroundings.
- Take your phone with you. This is not only for listening to music, but also for emergencies and capturing nature’s breath-taking moments. Install a flashlight app on your phone instead of carrying it separately.
- Wear shoes that fit perfectly.
- Always follow running etiquette when running on a track. Be respectful to other runners/drivers, and avoid listening to music as it may be difficult for others to grab your attention, including drivers.
- Always carry a pepper spray, and keep it at the ready. This is not necessarily for the fear of people, but also some stray dog or raccoon that decides to pound on you.