Why Road Running?
- Least gear requirements of any terrestrial sport: shoes, shorts, shirt are all that is required. No need to buy a racquet or expensive basketball/volleyball/futbol.
- No need to find a partner or team with whom to play.
- Can be done any time to fit to any schedule.
- Get to see new sights.
- Get to see old friends along the road.
- Can be done anywhere: does not require finding a gym or court on which to play.
- The activity is simple and easy, hence very relaxing for the mind.
- Run against traffic.
- Keep to the side of the road.
- In heavy two way traffic with tall grass stop and get out of the road.
- On curves with tall grass run the OUTSIDE of the curve even if this mean running with traffic.
- Do not wear anything with headphones such as walkman's or portable CD players. You will not be able to hear cars. Survival on our roads depends on being able to hear cars coming up from behind, around the corner ahead, or just over the hill.
- Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you.
- Avoid running in a pack of people, but run with a partner if you can.
- Do not look at dogs.
- It will be your friends and family who try to "hit" you, not strangers.
- If you run at night, make yourself visible.
- A stopped car will open its door just in time for you to collide with the door.
- Watch out for cars turning right.
- When in a new place try to locate the local runners organization and ask about road conditions, neighborhood safety.
- Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call.
- Don't wear jewelry.
Why trail running?
- Fresh air!
- Let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone.
- Know your trails if at all possible or run with a guide.
- Better to run with someone.
- Stay together if you do run with someone.
- Greet people. Make sure they know you are coming up behind them.
- Women probably should not run alone in any deep forest in this day and age. There are dangerous animals called men.
- Apply coconut oil to your legs and arms to prevent scratches and cuts from razor grass, ferns, and other fauna.
- If you do sprain your ankle, walk to the nearest home.
- Watch out for rocks.
- Do not always look down: watch out for low hibiscus and other branches.
- Watch out for hidden downed logs in dense grass. Slow to a walk if you cannot see the trail.
- Clay is slippery: walk down wet clay trails.
- All rocks should be considered slippery.