September has finally arrived, which means temperatures should (again, finally) be dropping. Autumn in Phoenix is one of the most pleasant times of the year. It is a time people head back outside. As the brutal heat of the summer abates and a crisp coolness can be felt in the air, people begin craving outdoor activities. For many Arizonians, this is the best time of the year to head out for a walk. We have spent time here on the Hastings & Hastings blog discuss pedestrian safety before, so today we are going to one specific type of pedestrian – runners! To those of you who are fleet of foot, who cherish a morning jog or an evening run, we salute you. We also want you to stay safe.
- Buddy Up
As a general recommendation, we suggest everyone run with a buddy. There are several good reasons for this. First, if something does happen, you will have someone with you to help. Running is an intense physical activity. You can take every safety measure in the world, and still end up with a pulled hamstring. What are you going to do if this accident strikes when you are several miles into a run and you are on your own? Suddenly, you are in a very precarious position. If you don’t have a running buddy, at least inform someone when you head out for a running and let them know where you are going.
- Carry a Phone
It is a good idea to carry a phone with you even if you have a running buddy. This is so you can quickly summon assistance if something goes wrong. Phones can also keep you from getting lost and provide you with valuable information during your run. Just make sure you don’t drop it!