please be safe

During winter the days seem so short. It gets dark so fast and I find myself running in the dark all too often. This is the time of year that safety is on my mind. I know first hand how difficult it can be to see a runner at night and often the little reflection that their shoes provide is the only sign of them in the dark. Think about it, how many people have you barely seen?

I urge those people who enjoy exercising outside (yes, even in the winter) to wear reflective clothing, have a blinking light and carry ID. If you were hit and knocked unconscious how would anyone know who you are? A cell phone doesn’t provide the paramedics with any information on who you are. Nobody expects an “accident” so carrying ID could help them contact a loved one in time to say goodbye (let’s hope this never happens. ever!). It may help them learn that the person has a medical condition that would effect their treatment (ie. diabetes, heart condition). This list goes on and on.

I am sure many of you have seen the little red velcro ID badge I wear on my shoe. It is made by Road ID and stays on my shoe. I also have a pink one for my ankle when I am on my road bike (it is even more important to have ID on a bike!). You can choose your color and design it yourself. They cost about $20, but are well worth the peace of mind to me. They make a great gift and as an extra incentive you can save yourself a buck. Just click on the link below and use the coupon code RID546483  to save $1. Run safe, get your RoadID!

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson