“There are no medals for avoiding severe injury or death while [jogging]..”
—Blogger Perry Romanowski
Last month, almost 30,000 people went to Google searching “running headphones.” How many searched “running safety”? Only about 5,000. This tells me runners are still out there looking for the latest and greatest running headphones but may remain ignorant about how wearing these on a run greatly reduces their safety. Let's hope those searching for “running headphones” are treadmill runners!...
Headset and earphone bans
You can die
Call me a purist, but running to me has the potential to be infinitely more spiritual than a Sunday sermon. If you're addicted to running headphones, why not be in a gym on a treadmill where you can watch TV too and run safely? Also, if you're at a race that still allows running headphones and you're rocking the iPod, forget about making new friends and having people shout encouragement at you.
- Wear a reflective vest and shoes,
- Take the running headphones off for a minute periodically to re-adjust to the outside noises and get a hold on your surroundings,
- Never run in the dark (it's OK to run at night under street lights),
- Look both ways and make eye contact with drivers before entering the street,
- Run against--not with--the flow of traffic,
- Run in an area you know well with a wide shoulder, low speed limit, and a sidewalk,
- Listen to a book on tape or talk radio instead of music to better allow you to avoid “the iPod trance” and
- Keep the music low and only use one ear bud.