Humpday Health: Outdoor workout safety


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For Tim Nichols, running has always been a part of his life. He ran in high school, college, and now competes in triathlons.

“Triathlons are a three sport discipline where you start out with a swim of varying distances, immediately transition to a bike, and then get off the bike and run,” said Nichols.

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But whether you’re training for a triathlon or just running to get in shape, you should always be prepared before taking your workout to the great outdoors.

“A lot of people like myself have a bust work schedule and families so a lot of your runs may come in the mornings or evenings, so wearing bright colored clothing, wearing headlamps or blinking lights helpful. Running in groups on trails, lit trails like the cross city trail,” Nichols said.

He said a lot of the same techniques apply to biking. He adds some things you should avoid are things you might be used to doing every time you work out.

“Not wearing headphones whenever possible so you can hear vehicles coming up from behind you,” Nichols said.

Nichols has had some close encounters while training and has been hit twice.

“Broad daylight, I thought for sure somebody would have seen me but whether they were looking at their phone or the sun was at the wrong angle or maybe the sun was behind me and they just didn’t see me,” Nichols said.

He said a lot of drivers don’t think about how fast cyclists are actually going.

“Even on a training ride, maybe anywhere from 23 to 25 miles an hour so I’m traveling the same rate as most of the cars on the road,” Nichols said.

The golden rule applies while training as well. Remain courteous to drivers. Don’t take up too much of the road when running or biking. Stay with traffic while biking and run against traffic.