A few of us recommended shooting a text to someone to let them know you’re heading out for a run, others wrote out their planned route and estimated time of return. Some insisted running early was safer, others dusk, some will run anywhere and any time. Then Road ID announced their new app which had seemed to already take all of our advice and done us one better.
Quite possibly my favorite feature on the app is the “eCrumb” you can leave. The eCrumb allows your family or friends to track you in real time on your run. Besides the amazing convenience of this for long runs if you have to run solo (“Honey, will you drive a water over to me in an hour or so?”) this is one of the most amazing safety features I’ve heard of. If God forbid something should happen your loved ones no longer need to worry about where along the route you might be. They know. For sure.
Another incredible feature? Your lock screen can contain your information (Name, address, relevant medical history) and who emergency personel should contact in the event of an emergency. No more hoping for an ICE contact in your phone book. Amazing.
It’s never fun to think of the million “what-if’s” the world reminds us of on the six o clock news every night, but it is important to plan. My recommendation: download Road ID and check one worry about that upcoming 26.2 off your list. Now all you’ll have to do is train!