Saturday, March 2, 2013

EricG's Running Tips #40 ALWAYS Tell Someone Where You Are!

127 Hours, the biographical survival drama about Aaron Ralston is as extreme an example as you can get without death. Ralston, who ended up amputating his own arm to free himself from a canyon he was trapped in for  more than 5 days most certainly would have died if he had not been able to free himself. Why? Because no one knew where he went on his adventure or when he was expected to return.  If you are heading out for a short 3 mile run or a 6 hour bike ride or run let someone know your planned route and approximately when you think you will return. It only takes two seconds and that way if something unfortunate happens and you are unable to help yourself, at least someone will know where to look and when to begin worrying.

Either the night before or the morning of my runs I tell Tani what my plan is. If I am running multiple roads and trails I may even leave a note. Below is what I left on our kitchen chalk board this morning.

Be safe out there. Peace

4 comments:

  1. This a great post Eric. I've gone for runs so many times without telling anyone where I'm at. Gotta get a chalk board!

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    1. Get a chalk board or just leave a note:)

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  2. Great post,
    My girlfriend bought me a Road ID for christmas, because she worries about me on my long runs.
    Art

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    1. Thanks Art. Having ID on you is smart and something I do myself with instructions if I am unable to speak for myself. The problem is if you are in a remote area or just out of site and no one knows where to look. Leave a note and take the ID I say. I appreciate your feedback. E

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