Lately I have been getting a lot of flack from some of my friends regarding my running habits. And no, not that I run too much, although I have certainly been told that a time or two (which is completely off base). But instead it is about something that I DON’T do.
I am going to describe a typical run day for me and I want to see if you can spot what they are upset about.
I generally squeeze in my runs after work and before picking up my son from school or at other times during the week when I don’t have my son. If it is a work day I will head home, snack on a granola bar, put my run gear on, stretch and head out the door to attack whatever miles my training plan calls for that day. Once I get back from my run I log my workout on DailyMile, stretch and refuel.
Were you able to figure out what bothers my friends?
In case you couldn’t figure it out, I will tell you. My friends don’t like that no one knows when I am going running, where I am going running or how far I am going. In retrospect that makes perfect sense to me, but I just never put much thought into it before. I figure I have ID on and I run all the time so what is there to think about. But now that I live alone (my son doesn’t really count in this case) if something were to happen to me no one would really realize it until much later and no one would know where to look for me at.
Now that I realize the lax in my judgement, I have a new routine. I text a friend just before I leave for my run and I tell her approximately how long I will be gone. She also knows my normal running route. When I get back from my run I text her so she knows all is well. I still forget to text her on occasion as I haven’t been doing it long enough for it to have become a habit but I am definitely trying to make it a priority.
Are you guilty of this bad running habit? What do you do to make your runs and workouts safer?