The Hazards and Joys of Being a Runner
Runners Are Lucky
Being a runner doesn’t take special equipment or gear. With a pair of good running shoes, runners can run anywhere, anytime. They can, loop the block or log 10-15 miles in any direction. All runners have a few common characteristics. They spot every port-a-potty in town and they replace running shoes more often than their toothbrushes. They also use their watch to track distance and heart-rate, not time. It seems, once a person starts running, it’s in their blood and they want more.
Best Cities for Runners
My friend Martha is an avid runner. She travels for work and never misses an opportunity to run. Martha says, “It’s a great way to see new places. It’s an adventure! Who doesn’t like adventure?”
What makes a city great for runners? Aside from planned races to run, it has to be the culture and surroundings that make the experiences rich. For fun, I compiled the top 5 common best US cities for runners, according to Runners World, Active.com, Women’s Running and Forbes:
- San Francisco, CA – prepare yourself for the famous hills and smell of the ocean
- New York City – challenge yourself to identify as many celebrities as you can
- Chicago, Illinois – enjoy the lakeshore of the beautiful Windy City
- Washington, DC – a great way to see our national treasures
- Portland, OR – run off all that wonderful food you’re going to indulge in at their many micro-breweries.
I have noticed, runners (including Martha) get lost in their own world when they run. They often forget the #1 rule, “SAFETY FIRST”! Below are a few safety guidelines as a reminder:
- Protect your feet and knees: wear good shoes and run on grass when possible
- Avoid uneven sidewalks, curbs, rocks, holes, tree roots or any obstacles
- Keep your heart rate up, try not to stop. But, by all means, don’t run through a red light!
- Avoid breathing exhaust. Run in the morning when the air is clear.
- Jog against traffic so you can see cars coming toward you. Wear reflective gear.
- Approach intersections with caution.
- Be alert! Run with HearBand SportTM neckband headphones. With the LED flashing light and reflective tape, you will be seen and able to control ambient sound and music – interdependently. Check these out: HearBand Sport.
I leave you with Spotify’s most streamed workout tracks of 2017. Load these on your device when the new HearBand Sport neckbands arrive.
- “Till I Collapse” – Eminem
- “Rockstar” – Post Malone
- “Lose Yourself” – Soundtrack Version Eminem
- “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
- “More Than You Know” – Axwell /\ Ingrosso
- “Mi Gente” (feat. Beyoncé) – J Balvin
- “Havana” – Camila Cabello
- “You Don’t Know Me” – Radio Edit – Jax Jones
- “New Rules” – Dua Lipa
- “POWER” – Kanye West
I admit these songs would not be my first choice, I am a spa music kinda gal.
What is are your favorite songs for working out? Inspire me!