Running outdoors gives you fresh air and changing scenery, but it can also be dangerous. Having an ID on you while running is a safety issue. If you have a medical emergency or become injured on the run, the ID can help the first responders. Not sure how to keep an ID on you or what information to include? Here are some pointers.
Type of ID
A license can provide basic information in case of an emergency. The emergency workers can identify you, get your address and have an easier time contacting your family. The one drawback is the potential to lose your license. You can get special ID tags designed for runners. You can also make your own ID on a piece of paper. Include your name, emergency contact and any allergy or other medical information. This helps the first responders treat you effectively should something happen while you’re running.
One simple solution to where to keep your ID on a run is to get a special piece of ID jewelry. You can get both bracelets and ankle bands. This option keeps your hands free. You simple put on the ID jewelry and head out for your run. The drawbacks of this option are the cost of the jewelry and the feeling of the jewelry on you as you run. Some people prefer no jewelry while exercising.
Waist or Arm Bands
If you have more than just an ID to carry on your run, consider getting some sort of band to hold things. You can get many different types of running waistbands. They often have different zippered pouches for holding small items. Some also come with small water bottles to use on your run. Secure your ID inside the waist pack.
Smaller arm bands also work if you only have a few small things to carry. You can slip the ID in with your MP3 player in an arm band.
Depending on what you wear, you might have a pocket that would work for an ID. A pocket that zips is best. All of the jostling that comes with running may cause your ID and anything else in an open pocket to fall out.