Today I want to talk about something really important: runner safety. This is going to be a "do as I say, not as I do" post as I made some stupid mistakes last Wednesday when I went for a run in Seattle. The first part was unpreventable, but I fell about 4 miles into my run (tripped over a buckled sidewalk). In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't too major, but I really fell hard, and skidded across the sidewalk for a bit.
|Sorry for anyone who is grossed out by blood. It actually looks worse now than it did right after it happened! I also skinned my palms, got road rash on my upper thigh, and bruised my shoulder. I am not kidding when I say I fell HARD.|
It really hurt, but I was able to continue running. In hindsight I should have turned around at that point and made it an out-and-back run, but I thought I'd be able to run around Lake Union. Instead, I took
I had intended to run 8 miles that day, and as you can see from the map, I was no where near my starting point nearly 9 miles into my run. I kept stopping and asking people how I could get back to the Queen Anne area and a couple of people were like - 'ON FOOT'? I thought they were exaggerating, but once I realized where I was on my (crappy) tourist map, I knew it was time to throw in the towel.
I don't run with my iPhone, so I had to go to a restaurant to have them call me a cab. I was dripping with blood from my fall (gross I know) and was pretty hot and tired at this point. The guy that helped me was concerned as I looked pretty rough at this point.
Oh, and did I mention that I didn't have any money on me? Rookie mistake. Luckily the angelic cab driver that picked me up let me run up to my room to get cash. I think he took pity on me as I looked pretty awful with all the abrasions from my fall.
It all worked out for me - luckily. But I definitely made some stupid rookie mistakes that a runner with 7+ years of running under her belt shouldn't make!
So what did I learn?
1. Tell people where you are going! No one knew when I was running, how far, or what area I'd be running in. When you are a single person who lives (or is traveling alone), it would be smart to tell someone when/where you are running and approximately how long you'll be gone for.
2. Carry a phone when running in an unfamiliar area.
3. Always carry money on you. You may need water. Or a cab!
4. Wear something like a road id in case you are in distress and someone needs to contact a loved one (I ALWAYS have my road id on my shoes).
Wednesday was the perfect storm of runs but it all worked out in the end. Sometimes I am a bit too independent for my own good and I need experiences like this to remind myself that I am not invincible. None of us are. And yes, bad things can still happen to the most cautious runners, but it's pretty dumb to make as many mistakes as I did!
Here is how my week broke out:
Monday: Rest day... unless I can count dancing at the wedding as cross training. ;)
Tuesday: Rest day as I was traveling all day.
Wednesday: Adventurous 8.75 mile run, 9:30 pace
Thursday: 5.25 run at 9:24 pace
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 16 miles at 10 min pace. I meant to run 14 but the people I was running with were doing 16 so I stuck with them. I was not at all sore the next day so I take that as a sign that my body was ready for the increase in distance.
Sunday: Rest day
There were more rest days than I'd like, but I'll take what I can get when traveling. This week will be a more solid week.
Week 4: 30 miles
Training to date: 105
Do you have any runner's safety tips to add to my list?