Running might have become a craze these days but just because a lot of people have taken to it doesn’t mean that all of them are doing it right. While it might be an easy way to get in a workout—just lace up and go—there is certain protocol that needs to be followed to ensure that you get back home safe and sound. With marathon season in full swing, here are a few things runners need to keep in mind while running on the road…
Don’t wear all black
 

Don’t wear all black

Imagine this—it is 5.30 am on a winter morning and you’ve opted to go running in an all-black outfit. Not the best idea when it’s so dark outside. Instead, opt for bright, neon clothing; it can even border on jarring but it needs to be visible. While buying running gear ensure that it has reflective strips on the front and back to ensure that a driver in a car that’s half a kilometre away can spot you running.

Don’t run in the dark

Especially while training for a marathon, most runners prefer to get in their runs before they start their day. However, if possible, delay your run till day break or sunrise. You get about 2 hours before the sun begins hitting your eyes and with clear visibility, the chances of accidents too are reduced.

Don’t leave home without cash or water
 

Don’t leave home without cash or water

Runners tend to take themselves for granted, often choosing to leave the house without any cash or water on them. Even though you might be going for a short run, you never know what’s in store. One fall and you will have to hail a taxi or auto back home. The same goes for water—dehydration is a common concern especially in a tropical country like India. And with the humidity levels so high, you’re probably going to want to make a stopover and buy a bottle of water (also why you need some cash on you) if you feel exhausted or dehydrated.

Don’t run with music

While running with music to get your tempo is great and can be practiced during a marathon, running with music blaring in your eyes on busy streets is a bad idea. You need to be able to hear the sounds of approaching vehicles (from either side mind you, this is India) and all your senses need to be on high alert.

Don’t run with traffic

One of the most common mistakes that runners make while running on the road is to run in the same direction as the traffic instead of in the opposite direction. When you do the latter, you can see oncoming vehicles and avoid accidents or having motorists swerve into you from the back. Remember, four eyes are always better than two.

Don’t run alone
 

Don’t run alone

This one’s debatable but especially true if you’re running on a route you don’t know about. If you know that the route will be dark, might have twists and turns and might be unfamiliar, it’s always a good idea to buddy up. Run buddies have always had a good rap when it comes to pushing you towards the finish line, and having one to run with on a regular day is also a safe bet!

Don’t leave home without an ID

Even seasoned runners miss out on this one. There’s a reason marathon bibs have your emergency contacts as well as medical conditions behind them. Unless you’re running with a large bunch of friends, always carry a chit with your personal details. If you do have the misfortune of meeting with an accident when running, bystanders need to be able to identify you and notify your family.