Social distancing is in place for a while longer. Many parks and trails are closed and race cancellations are spilling into Fall yet the weather right now is ideal for running outdoors– so what does this mean for runners? With kids home from school, no sports activities to attend, date nights on hold, travel restricted, stresses at work….some just need to run!
Here are 4 tips for running safely through the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Keep your distance: stay 6 feet away from others. If you encounter another person, communicate clearly and take extra effort to pass at a distance. Cross the street if you need to.
- Hit the streets: run through a relative’s or friend’s neighborhood and maybe you will find a new favorite route
- Be safe: you’re probably running alone so stay away from dark side streets and remain visible, carry your cell phone and wear reflective or lighted apparel and accessories
- Keep running: the simple act of running requires little equipment and is an inexpensive outlet for reducing stress and maintaining or acquiring a healthy weight. It is also a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine and some might even say it is better than therapy.