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The Importance of Carrying Personal Identification While Running


Most runners, myself included, think that they are pretty much invincible while they are out on the run. They think that nothing can happen to them and have a false sense of security all the time.

The truth is - there are many things that a runner needs to be aware of. There are always the anticipated problems - heavy traffic areas, icy roads, excessive heat, etc. However, there are some unforeseen dangers that can happen, especially if you run alone - as I do.

Unexpected weather conditions, medical conditions, wild animals or even attacks by people. OK, I don't mean to scare you from going out alone - but you need to be aware that things can happen. In over 35 years of running, nothing has ever happened to me out on the roads by myself, but I know that they can.

Most runners, myself included, think that they are pretty much invincible while they are out on the run. They think that nothing can happen to them and have a false sense of security all the time. This is important to all runners, but especially important for runners that are out on the road for an hour or more. If you are training for a longer race - you may be out on the roads for 2-4 hours. Many things can happen during that much time out. So, it's important to be prepared. And, you need to keep in mind that you may not be able to give someone the information that they need to help you.

The personal identification that you carry should include: your name, your emergency contact(s), their phone number (depending on what time you usually run - you many include their work number, cell, etc), any medical conditions you have, any allergies you have and possibly your primary care physician. On my ID is my name, our home phone number, my husband's name and his cell phone number and our address.

My husband feel so much better with the knowledge that I have identification on me. He worries when I'm out for over an hour - and I'm sure your loved ones do, too!

I got my personal identification from Road ID. I love it! I believe in simplicity when I run and didn't want something bulky or something that I had to wear. My ID Velcros onto my shoe - so I don't even know it's there. It's great.

If you run longer runs, having this identification on you is important. And, it gives your loved ones peace of mind!

 


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