Running is a great way to stay in shape; it is good for your heart as well as helpful for building strong core muscles. You can find many different products for running at sites like Puma and Nike that will help you stay safe as well as get in shape. Below are some tips to help keep you safe while running alone:
Know Your Route
Never take a route that is unfamiliar when you are running alone. Stay on routes that you know well and that offer a well populated environment. If you are running alone in the early morning hours or late in the evening, be sure that you choose a well lit area to run. Avoid dimly lit secluded areas.
If you are going to be running alone, the best time is midday. You want more people around you and of course the daylight hours will be more populated. It is difficult sometimes because of work schedules to find time in the middle of the day to run, but if possible, it is the safest time. As mentioned above, if running during dark hours of the day or night, stay in well-lit familiar places, or, if you can, run indoors on a treadmill.
When running, safety gear can mean wearing bright clothing, having the right shoes or even just wearing wraps around your ankles and knees for protection. When you are running alone, safety gear takes on a whole new meaning. You should carry a whistle and mace with you in case you are attacked. The whistle will let people around you know that you are in danger and usually scare off the attacker. The mace is used if the attacker invades your space and comes at you in any way. With the mace you will be able to stun the attacker long enough to make your getaway and find someone to help.
When you are running alone, even in the daytime hours, you must be cautious of your surroundings. If you are approached by someone you don't know and they ask you to go with them for any reason, don't. You may have done everything right by running during the day, using routes that are well populated and well-lit, but if a stranger can get you to go with them, their main goal is to take you out of that familiar environment, somewhere darker and more secluded. It is never worth taking a chance on your personal safety; stay clear of strangers and stick to your route and have a safe and enjoyable run.
It is always safer to run in groups or even just in pairs. If at all possible, avoid running alone and find a friend that has a schedule that will sync up with yours and run together. You can many times find a group to run with at your local gym or even at the park near your home.