Runner safety guide for New Year's Resolution runners

POSTED: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 2:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO -- Every New Year, a lot of people make a resolution to get in better shape. If running is your favorite exercise, we have some very important tips to remember before you throw on those sneakers.

Running is a way, for many, to relieve some stress or to shave off some pounds with a New Year's Resolution.

But, in the blink of an eye,  fitness expert, Gretchen Chiles, says  it can turn into an accident.
"We've had some experiences out here where we've been running and people are texting, maybe the suns in their eyes-- we've seen them run stop signs. So, you really need to make sure that you're watching them and not relying on that their going to be watching you," Chiles explains.

This is all too true for one Waco woman who went on a morning jog and ended up in the hospital Thursday.

She was laying on the side of the road when we arrived. Police aren't releasing her name but say a car hit her when she was running in the same direction as traffic.

It's a common mistake that doesn't surprise fitness experts.

They say, when you're running on the road, always run in the opposite direction of traffic. That way you can see what cars are doing. At night, always wearing something with reflectors so drivers notice you.

Heidi Hornik-Parsons has been running for years in Waco. She says you see runners in the danger zone all the time out there.

"When people get distracted with IPods or music, occasionally they get too close to the shoulder line. So, I always try to stay inside more closer to the grass," said Hornik-Parsons.

What runners can also do is wave at on-coming traffic to make sure they are watching out. If you want to know safe routes to run in your area, click here.

And remember, safety first, even when it comes to New Year's Resolutions.

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