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You can never be too cautious when heading out for a run. Keep these things in mind next time you lace up.
Remove your headphones if and when you stop to stretch. Many people suggest running without tunes or with only one earbud in, which is optimal. But let’s be realistic—who does that? However, if you do stop for a break in a quiet area, remove your buds and perk your ears up to nature’s music—and any strangers who might be lurking nearby.
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Make eye contact with the driver before you enter a crosswalk. People too often forget to check both sides of a car before turning into traffic. Do not give drivers the benefit of the doubt: Either make certain they see you or wait for them to go before you step out into the road.
Be cautious climbing hills. If humans—or cars—come bombing down toward you, their reaction time is more abbreviated than yours. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure to stay to your right on paths or trails and off the street when entering any blind spots or turns.
Post a victory photo on social media. You just completed a pretty awesome run—so why not let that friend know you’re done and safely noshing on some post-run fuel? #runbrag #TeamWR
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