Running isn’t always as easy as right foot, left foot. There are unsaid rules you’re expected to follow. And even experienced runners don’t know (or follow) them all. So, to make it easy, we put together a list for with all the dos and don'ts you need to know before you hit the road, trail or bike path again:
This is a big one. Run toward oncoming vehicles so that you can easily see them and they can easily see you. It’s much harder to jump out of the way if you don’t see or hear a car approaching.
Because, as a runner, you’re considered a pedestrian. And that means you need to follow the same rules as a pedestrian. Stay on the sidewalk and cross crosswalks with caution (and when the intersection light is red, or the “walk” light is flashing).
Not only is it rude to whiz by a slow-moving pedestrian on the sidewalk, but it’s also dangerous. Here are a couple of tips to consider.
Put simply: Don’t take up the whole path. If you’re running with a large group, run with no more than two abreast, and pay attention to the other runners, walkers and cyclists around you. The last thing you want to do is push someone off the path. It’s rude and dangerous.
Just because you think your dog is the sweetest, most well-behaved canine in the world, it doesn’t mean that other trail or bike path users share your sentiment. Keep your pet close by and away from other trail users.
There’s an order to things. And track running most often goes counterclockwise. Still, if you want to run the opposite direction, make sure you’re well out of the way of anyone in the middle of a workout. This usually means you need to stick to the outer lanes.
And, despite all of this, occasionally tracks have rules about reversing directions every day. So, be sure to read signage before stepping onto the oval for your speed session.
Just because you wave at someone (or vice versa), it doesn’t mean the other person has to wave back. Don’t take it personally. For as many people as there are who like to chat while exercising, there are just as many who prefer to zone out. Don’t let a lack of hello back ruin your day; let it go and keep on truckin’.
Take care of the places where you live and run; throw away your trash.
Listening to music is OK. In fact, listening to music might even help you run faster, stronger and longer. However, never listen to music at the expense of hearing your surroundings. That's why Aftershokz headphones are so amazing. Thanks to bone-conduction technology, the speakers sit right outside your ears, so you can jam out and hear and respond to the noises of the world around you.