I do love living out in the countryside. The peace and quiet, the rolling fields one after another, as far as the eye can see. Wildlife, farm animals, and lots of different places to run.
The downside is though, that it means you are a little short of pavements, and in the winter months, this can prove to be a potential hazard; safety is a big factor for us all.
Fog, dark mornings and evenings, can all be contributory factors to the possibility of being unseen by traffic, so wearing bright clothing is a must.
I tend to err on the side of caution, and generally hit the lanes lit up like a Christmas tree. A hi viz gilet purchased from Aldi two years ago also acts as another layer in the cold weather, and I tend to wear a bright orange long sleeved running top, or a bright waterproof jacket. If you have neon trainers too, it just adds to the flash of colour drivers will see, and hopefully be courteous enough to slow down for you.
Any sports shop will have a vast array of safety wear to offer. Reflective arm bands, head lights, just go for the lot. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I unfortunately learnt the hard way about 4 years ago when a tractor nearly took me out on a corner in the winter time. I just managed to jump into the hedge and he narrowly missed me by inches. I take full responsibility because he simply didn’t see me, due to the fact I was wearing dark running gear.
So, if you are a new runner, it is a wise move to invest. It needn’t cost you a lot. Places like Sports Direct and the aforementioned Aldi could kit you out for less than £20.
Of course, as it is now so close to the festive season, why not go the whole hog? Santa outfits are everywhere. I might even invest in one myself for my Christmas morning run.
So, it just leaves me to say, have a wonderful Christmas everybody. Stay safe. My thanks to all the guys at Jordan Joseph for allowing me yet another year of blogging, and here’s to a great 2018!
Happy running people!