Road Running 101 with Mapaseka Makhanya and iLiveSafe (2/2)

By Drum Digital
12 May 2015

In lieu of this, Mapaseka, together with iLiveSafe, have put together ten safety tips for runners of all ages and all levels of competency

Labelled as one of the unhealthiest nations in the entire world, South Africans are rapidly becoming more aware of what they put into their bodies and what exercises will give them the maximum benefits. On the back of this, many South Africans are taking up road running as their sport of choice, and eagerly participating in the many road races that the South African race calendar has to offer. But just like any other sport, road running has its hazards.

In lieu of this, Mapaseka, together with iLiveSafe, have put together ten safety tips for runners of all ages and all levels of competency:

Turn it down

There is much to be said about the benefits of training while listening to a pumping tune, but the cons outweigh the pros on this one. It is impossible to hear an approaching car or even the warning shouts of those around you, if your music is too loud. Rather turn it down, or take one earpiece out.

Eyes on the hills

When driving over a crest, motorists might suddenly struggle to see due to the glare of the sun. Be extra mindful of cars when running up a hill.

Know your limits

If you are still a novice runner, it is not a good idea to attempt a 15km run in your first week, regardless of your good intentions. Run within your limits, know your limits and do what you feel comfortable with to avoid injury or even serious damage to your vital organs.

Timing is everything

If you decide to go for a run either very early in the morning or very late at night, keep in mind that the drivers who will be on the road at that time, might not be at their most alert. Someone who just worked a 10 hour nightshift is probably not as attentive as someone who is on their way to work after a good night’s rest.

Think car

As much as cars need to be considerate towards runners, runners also need to be considerate towards cars. Mind your manners, acknowledge a car politely if they give way to you and always be courteous. The road doesn’t belong to a single group, and is designed to be shared.

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