Somehow, we are already well into the beginning of July (sniff, sniff!). This means great beach weather, barbecues, and a scary fact - we're already at the halfway mark of the New Year's resolutions we made way back in January. I always set a reminder on my phone at the beginning of the month to take a look and see if A.) I even remember what the heck my resolution was and B.) how close (or far) I am to reaching it. This year, I decided to focus on my fitness safety. Though it might sound silly, when it comes to running in NYC I tend to have the mentality that with so many people living in the area, it's safe to run whenever and wherever, right? Wrong. To play it safe, I'm taking a few tips from the New York Road Runners to run a little smarter:
- Run with others, especially after dark.
- Leave your headphones at home.
- Never acknowledge verbal harassment.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel threatened, change course.
- Avoid unpopulated areas.
- Run against traffic.
- Carry ID and a MetroCard or cab fare.
- Have access to water on longer runs (especially with the summer heat!)
Checking off the list, I'm not doing too shabby. I've picked up a buddy for night runs and only jog in populated areas. Still on the to do list? Make sure I've got ID on me, a few bucks for a cab or water, plus a cell phone in case of emergencies. Tell us: What's your fitness resolution? How are you getting back on track to reach it?