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3 Safety Precautions To Take Before You Run

Ready, set, go run! But first, here are some safety precautions to keep you moving securely from start to finish.

Share Your Plan

Share your run plan with someone. Whether it’s with a text, call or note on the counter, make sure another human knows when you left, where you’re going and what time you plan to be back.

Related: Stay Safe On Winter Runs

Stay Connected

Take your phone. We know—it’s sometimes annoying to carry this with you, plus running is a great time to sign off for a few miles! You don’t have to use it—it’s there just in case. Put the text alert on silent and use an accessory like a running belt or armband, so it’s not in your sweaty palm.

Glow In The Dark

Make sure you’re reflective when running in the dark. Between flickering shoe clip-ons or a high-visibility jacket you should be a beacon of light. And ditch the basic black. Fluorescent colors reflect 200-300 percent of light (versus 90 percent regularly), allowing a runner to be seen up to 1,000 feet away.

Caitlyn Pilkington

Caitlyn Pilkington is the web editor for Women's Running. She started running competitively in 2001 and has completed three marathons and tons of half marathons. Her proudest moment as a runner was crossing the finish line of her first marathon in 3:29, qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon.