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3 Simple Safety Things You Should Do On Every Run

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

Try a new (but familiar) route.

Runners should never repeat the same route at the same time too many days in a row. This makes it easy for a dangerous person to get familiar with your habits. Switch it up! It makes running more interesting anyway.

Related: 3 Safety Precautions To Take Before You Run

Make sure you have your driver’s license and health insurance card.

Stuff them in your bra, zip them in that little back pocket, throw them in your belt, tuck them in your shoe—no matter how you handle your IDs, just make sure they go where you go.

Run against traffic.

Chances are you will see a car before it sees you, so it’s always best to face your opponent. Plus this makes it easier for the driver to spot you if you’re running in low light, thanks to reflective details or your headlamp.

Related: The Bright Side Of Running In The Dark

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.