Once again this year I plan to walk a half marathon or two. The first one is early in the season and it is time to get serious about my training schedule. One of the hardest parts of getting ready is training smart. Not only do you need to find the right training schedule to prepare you for race day. On the other side of training smart involves safety. I always think of a woman who was nabbed when running in Northeastern Montana. There is nothing you can do to prevent a nut who wants to nab a woman, but there are lots of things you can do to put yourself at the least amount of risk. Some of the things I do to help my odds:
- Don’t walk before the sun is fully up.
- Wear your reflective safety vest
- If you must wear headphones, don’t wear them blasting.
- Walking with a dog, even an ankle biter will can alert you to things you might miss before they are upon you.
- Let someone know when you leave and should be back.
- Don’t walk the same time and place every time.
Don’t let fear be your excuse not to get out there, but be smart.