|Cheryl Monnat at Badgerland Striders Half Marathon|
" I find the harder I work, the more luck I have."
Jenny Crain, a local Milwaukee runner suffered serious head and neck injuries after being hit by a car while training on the east side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 21, 2007.
Crain was four-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. She represented the
Crain is still working to recover from that accident.
There have also been two attacks on women joggers in the
So there are multiple dangers out there for runners.
Here are some tips to stay safe during your run:
There is safety in numbers. So run with a partner or a group if at all possible. The Badgerland striders and Tri
Always run against traffic. You will have a clear view of the traffic. Be especially careful of cars making turns. If you run with traffic, cars making right turns will be behind you. Run against traffic for a better view. Cars will not see you, make contact and run defensively.
Never cross in intersection when the “don’t walk” light is flashing or on. Don’t take a chance the intersection is clear. Make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you. Motion them through the intersection so you can be sure it is clear.
Make a presence
Wear bright colors to help drivers spot you. If you have to run at night wear reflective colors and be extra mindful of traffic. Carry pepper spray to deter dogs and other unfriendly types.
Women need to be extra careful. Stay to well traveled and well lit areas. Avoid running alone at night and early in the morning. Stay on main streets if running at night or early in the morning. Stay away from remote areas of trails or bike paths if running alone. Vary your running route and run in low crime areas. If you have a dog that likes to run, take them along. Also let someone know where you are going.
It can be great to run with music. Keep the volume low enough so you can hear traffic or someone coming up behind you. Always be aware of your surroundings. Look for “safe” areas like gas stations you can run to if needed.
Bring some form of ID with you in case you need medical attention. A good choice is the Road ID band. (http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx?referrer=4252&gclid=CL3v-oar-qgCFU5qKgodkU6jUg) Many race packets have a discount for this product.
What if you pull a hamstring on a long run. You may want to have some cash to get home or bring a cell phone to call for a ride.
Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.
Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.
Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.