Chinese Association of Idaho State University (CAISU)
I love music almost as much as I do running and my iPod is oneForward Head Posture Fixof my most precious possessions. That being said, wearing headphones when running on the roads is dangerous. We rely on our hearing to hear traffic and you're eliminating an important sensory source when you head out the door with headphones blasting. If you just can't leave home without your music, do your best to run on a vehicle-free course like our wonderful Tammany Trace or head to the gym and run on a treadmill.
Make yourself visible. If you run in dark, always wear light colored clothing. In addition to wearing light colored clothing, there are some outstanding products available that will increase your visibility to oncoming traffic. There are blinking lights that fit comfortably on your clothes, running vests, headbands, and ankle bands made of Scotchlite reflective material that will also increase your visibility. Our local running specialty stores carry a wide variety of running visibility gear.
Carry identification. Heaven forbid you get into trouble while outside running, but there's a great new service called Road ID that provides first responders with important personal and health information should something happen to you. There's an initial cost of about $20-25 depending on the product you purchase (I chose the wristband). I also opted for the "interactive" version which allows me to change my identification information online anytime. There's a very reasonable annual fee for the interactive service. I have no financial interest in the company, but I do feel the Road ID program is one of the smartest investments any runner can make. Check it out at www.roadid.com.
There's safety in numbers. It's always safer to run with a group or a friend. Besides minimizing risk, it's more fun and the miles go by quickly when you're in the company of other runners.