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Friday, April 22, 2005

More on Safety

The time during which many distance runners are out there are pretty unearthly. On weekends, we share the roads with drunk drivers or just those plain inconsiderate ones. So for the sake of our love ones, please exercise caution!

Run against traffic
While it does not guarantee your safety, at least you can watch the oncomings.

Wear light colour clothing
White caps and white tops will add visibility.

Wear reflective gear
Rank running gear with reflective strips higher in the shopping list. Many shoes (most models) and clothing (especially Nike's) have incorporated Scotchlite and 3M strips. Consider also taping additional strips to the vest or wearing an additional safety bib.

Lose the earphones
I'm not a fan of wearing earphones during my runs. It's not that I don't like the music but the cables and the MP3 unit itself tends to get in the way. More importantly, you can't hear oncoming traffic (especially from behind) or other dangers (such as muggers and dogs). We need all our senses to be on the alert.

Clear the danger zones quickly
If there are certain dangerous stretches and if you can't circumvent/avoid them, run quickly past these areas. Don't linger around longer than it's required.

I learnt from Tey's mail that Jenny was struck down in a hit-and-run case from the back and is suffering from multiple fractures to her cheek bone, shoulder, hip and a few more places. Passers-by helped to call the ambulance. The internal bleeding has also been stopped. Typical of her strength she's cheery despite the pain and setback.

4 Comments:

  • I am a fan of night running. From day one I realised the importance of safety and alertness as I nearly got hit by a car last year. From that day on, I wore only white when I run at night and running on the opposite traffic only.

    By Anonymous pm25, at 11:19 AM  

  • I don't actually know Jenny personally but have seen her run in the sec 17 area before, usually during peak hours around 6pm. Not a good idea, what with all those stressed up officeworkers heading home. Anyway let's pray that she recovers well enough to run again. The lesson is clear: the roads belong to cars and lorries and motorbikes. Runners and pedestrians alike are non-entities.

    By Anonymous Gavin, at 2:16 PM  

  • Gavin:

    Not 6pm lah...is about 6.20am !

    Reporter Tey

    By Blogger Tey, at 9:59 AM  

  • Sad to hear about Jenny. Its really terrible that this sort of thing can happen. I heard the USA penguins all got "road ID tags" something like those military dog tags where they keep emergency phone numbers to contact.

    terence (p6)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 PM  

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