Views From Here: running, health and the world around me

September 26, 2014
by shalama jackson
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5 Tips to Stay Safe on a Run

  1. Run opposite traffic. I prefer to run in the street. It’s important to always run opposite of traffic. This makes it easier for cars to see me and for me to see the cars coming my way so that I can move to the side if it is necessary.
  2. Take phone & ID with you. I never leave my phone and ID behind. I sometimes use my phone for music or to take photos. I always wear my Road ID bracelet because it has my information as well as two emergency contact people with their phone numbers.
  3. Play music low enough to hear the outside world. I know it is safer to run without headphones all together. However, I will be the first to tell you that for me that is not possible if I am running more than five miles. I need my music. But I will play the music low enough and with only one headphone in my ear so that I can hear the world around me. This helps me be aware about what is going on around me.
  4. Be seen. I often run in the dark. Living in South Carolina, it is imperative to run before the sun begins scorching everything it shines on. When you do, make sure you can be seen. I wear a headlamp or and reflective vest. You can also wear clothing and shoes that have reflecting material on them. It’s important to be seen.
  5. Let others know where you are. One of the most important things to staying safe on a run is letting someone know where you are going and about how you will be out. So, if something were to happen, someone will know where to look to try to find you. You can also use apps such as the Road ID app that can connect you and others while you are out running.

What tips do you have for staying safe?

September 24, 2014
by shalama jackson

Fall/Winter Race Preview and a Race Discount

ragnar DC fall runningNow that I have Ragnar DC under my belt, the reality of the fall half marathon season is here. I am not and have not been running much distance lately, but there are a few races I want to do.

First up, Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, in beautiful Savannah. The course isn’t as flat as it has been in the past. I’m looking forward to adding the new medal to my collection.

In December, I will go “home” and run Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio. I’ve been trying to run this race a few times in the past few years, but have never made it. I will be there running through streets I am very familiar with.

The last stop should be Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans until January. I’ve heard rave reviews about this race. It’s also the flattest in the series. I am not sure how I feel about flat flat because I have run a flat race before and while it was my fastest times to date, I did want a little change. But heck, it’s going to be New Orleans.

And now for the discount…

I am a Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh ambassador and looking for our second year this April. In 2014, we had more than 10,000 people registered with people from around the world participating. I’d love to have that again in 2015. The race is scheduled for April 12, 2015. Are you interested in running? Register with the code “AMJACKSON” and you can save $20 off the marathon or the half marathon.

What races do you have coming up?

September 19, 2014
by shalama jackson

Getting it in for Run@Work Day

run at work day This afternoon I got together with the some of the ladies of Black Girls RUN! Columbia for a lunch time run. We decided as a group that we would participate in Road Runner Club of America’s Ninth Annual Run@ Work Day.

This is the first day that I have gotten back on the pavement since Ragnar DC this past weekend. My legs or better yet my left calf is much better than when I ran on Saturday. The soreness continued over through Tuesday.

run at work tooI enjoyed getting out in the middle of the day with the ladies. We only had 30 minutes, but that was good enough. I had the chance to catch up with Dwan, who had the “oh no I have to run with Shalama” thing going when we started. She’s funny, but I do understand because I feel that way with other ladies that I run with. But today was meant to be fun and fun we had.

Did you participate in Run@ Work with coworkers or on your own?