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Safety First

by Meghann on September 19, 2011

Two years ago I made one of the smartest purchases of my running career: I bought a Road ID.

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The Road ID clipped to my shoelaces and – had there ever been an emergency – contained all of my important in-case-of-an-emergency contact information. That particular Road ID survived 10 different pairs of shoes, half a dozen full marathons, and all the mud, rain, and sweat I could throw at it. Thankfully an occasion never arose where I had to put it to the test, but I felt safer knowing it was there.

The shoe Road ID was great when I just ran, but with all of the cycling I’ve been doing lately, I knew I needed something that was a little more versatile. The ID didn’t clip as nicely to my cycling shoe as it did my running shoe.

Then, after reading Ashley’s account of her accident last week, the decision to purchase a new one came sooner rather than later. Without giving it a second though, I went online and purchased a wrist version of the Road ID that day.

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I was due for an upgrade anyways. When i purchased my last Road ID Derek and I were barely dating. Now, we’re living together. I added his number and updated my Mom and Dad’s contact information.

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I really love the look of the the wrist version of the Road ID. It’s comfortable, easy to get on and off, and the bright pink really pops against my skin.

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I try to remember to run with my ID or cell when ever possible, but when I don’t have it, it’s good to know to have a little information on me just in case something goes wrong.

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<3 their story. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you take any extra safety precautions when you run or ride?

I had a mid-afternoon snack of apple slices and almond butter.

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I was on my own for dinner. Kale was involved. Obviously.

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Sauteed kale with red onion, carrots, mushrooms, sausage, and almonds. Everything was seasoned with a random seasoning pack I found in the fridge and flavored with a touch of evoo and balsamic vinegar.

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Delicious.

For dessert I had a piece of chocolate with a bowl of grapes.

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I’m testing out my new Road ID with a bike ride in the morning.

Good Night!

1 Angela September 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I just bought my dad and me one like an hour ago!!
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2 Jen September 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

After reading about Ashley’s accident, I purchased the elite wristbands for my husband and myself. Just waiting for them to come in now. I never run with anything other than a key, and her story really drove home how helpless I could be even two blocks from my house if something happened while out on a run and I can’t speak for myself.
Now my goal will be to get in the habit of slipping it on before heading out the door.

3 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food September 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I just wrote a post about runner safety a couple of weeks ago because there is a trail by my house that I am afraid to run on alone because it’s through the woods. I have been running on it and always have my cell and actually a little can of pepper spray. I definitely need to get a Road ID though!
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4 Abby September 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

My husband signed up for a HIM next April, and when he announced his first bike ride this evening the first thing I thought was that he needed a Road I.D. We live in a pretty small town, but accidents can always happen. I ordered him the black one- now I just have to make sure he actually wears it!
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5 Lauren September 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Road I.D. is so smart and I’m glad you got a wrist one. Ashley’s story is terrible. My husband and I both have them with both our info. I even have my son’s info on mine since he’s always in the stroller with me. Better safe than sorry.

6 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Thank you for posting about your new bracelet! I really need to get one of those.
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7 Reenie September 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I have a pink one like that =)

When I got mine….someone suggested to put on there if I was allergic to anything. So, I included on mine “no known allergies.”

8 Deva @ deva by definition September 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I got a purple road Id recently and love it. Fun fact: they are relatively local to me.
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9 Erin September 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I’ve been thinking about getting one of those wrist ones for my bike, too. I have the same shoe Road ID for running but never quite know what to do when biking. I’ve taken the ID off my shoe before and stuck it in my bike jersey or in the pocket of my bike shorts but I worry about forgetting to put it back on my running shoes. I’ve also taken my driver’s license and my cellphone with me which I guess is better than nothing.
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10 Renee September 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

just bought myself one, thanks for reminding me to think of my safety while running etc.

11 Christine @ BookishlyB September 20, 2011 at 12:02 am

First of all, I love the idea of Road IDs, but I do have a question- do emergency response people/hospital employees routinely check for them? I generally run indoors but really would like to take up cycling soon and I’m 99.9% sure I’ll going to fall at some point, so I know I’ll need some sort of ID.
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12 Samantha September 20, 2011 at 12:33 am

This id can help a lot.Specially for my safety.I want to buy one.
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13 Chuck September 20, 2011 at 2:06 am

Check out FinishTags–similar thing, not quite as nice, but I got a bunch of personal tags free!
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14 Chuck September 20, 2011 at 2:09 am

Sorry, it’s FinishSafe: http://www.finishsafe.com/
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15 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 20, 2011 at 2:09 am

I haven’t gotten a road ID myself yet, but I’ve only been going short distances on my runs/walks. Guess distance doesn’t matter if you’re unconscious, so I may look into getting one for myself too.

Sauteed kale = my fave ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved your dinner today!
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16 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 20, 2011 at 4:52 am

I think it is probably better to wear it on your body, as opposed to your shoes because likely those may come off or be taken off during a real emergency and no one may even notice it!
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17 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

I need to get more strict on myself about these. When I was training for Team in Training they tried to get us to wear one, but I never actually did :/
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18 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups September 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

Definitely important to always stay safe! And the Road ID bracelet is super cute! I always thought the first time I listed my boyfriend as my emergency contact was a big deal. I’m cheesy like that.
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19 Glenneth September 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

I also ordered myself and hubby RoadIDs after hearing about Ashley’s accident. Hubby had been in a bike ride the week before, but nothing serious. Thankfully. I realized he never runs or rides with ID and often by himself. RoadIDs shipped yesterday. I think Ashley’s accident was a wake up call to all.
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20 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

I also had a friends who wrecked in her bike a few years ago, which inspired my RoadID purchase. It’s sad that it takes something like that to motivate us to put ID as a priority, but I think it’s natural to assume bad stuff only happens to other people. I hope my RoadID is never needed, but go od to know it’s there anyway.
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21 Hillary September 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t run with ID, and I rarely run with my cell phone. I’ve been thinking of buying a Road ID for a while now—maybe it is finally time!
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22 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots September 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

OH! I am SO glad to see what the pink one looks like. On their site it looks really pale, but in your photos it looks nice and bright.

I’m ordering one now!
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23 Ali @ Ali Runs September 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

I got a Road ID a few months ago and love it! I bought the wrist version and it’s purple and so pretty (love the pink color too)! It puts my mind at ease when I’m out running that if anything horrible were to happen, my emergency contact information will be available.
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24 Shannon @ A Pinch of Ginger September 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

Your post is so timely for me! I NEED to buy a Road ID. I had a scary experience on my long run Sunday where I was followed unknowingly for a bit. Thank goodness I had enough sense to take off towards a crowd… but heaven forbid something should happen!I’ll be ordering one today!

25 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run September 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

I have that same RoadID. Color and all. And it makes my wrist itch when I’m running. Maybe once it gets sweaty? I dunno. So, I just bought the SlimID and love it. No more itching! And it fits on the same wrist with my garmin, which is nice. You’ll have to tell us how that one works for you after you use it for awhile.
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26 Hope September 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

That Road ID is a really good idea! I think it’s something that everyone should have if they go out running or bike riding. It’s better to be safe. ๐Ÿ™‚
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27 Jen September 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

I have a Road ID (same as yours but purple) that I use when I run and ride, and I love it. It’s comfortable and never gets in my way.

If you’re going to keep doing triathlons in the future, you may consider getting the ankle version of the ID…you can attach your timing chip to it and eliminate having an extra band strapped to ya. ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: this is my first comment, yay! I’m from Tampa and its so nice to see little bits of FL on your blog!

28 Meghann September 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

Welcome to the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I thought about purchasing the ankle version because that’s what my brother has, but for some reason went with the wrist version. Next time I’ll probably go for the ankle though.

29 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

I need to get a road ID once I start getting outside more!

30 Cait's Plate September 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

I love the idea of road IDs. I’ve seen them around the blog world and think they’re just such a smart, good idea. It’s easy for people to feel invincible sometimes and I think it’s good to remember that we’re not and that we CAN end up in situations where we need help!
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31 Tania @ Health Macadamia September 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

I always want one but the money for it has never befalled me. I always run with a cell phone when I head out though so I guess that makes it a little better?
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32 RunEatRepeat September 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

I keep thinking about this because I have a Road ID, but it’s the shoe tag kind. I alternate shoes, so I don’t always have it! Busted.
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33 Gwen September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

Ashley’s accident led me to purchase an updated Road ID as well. I went for the plastic wristband also in bright pink. Since I had my last one (identical to your new one!) I have gotten married and moved. I actually put my new one on and haven’t taken it off since it came in the mail Saturday! PS Penicillen allergies unite!
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34 Meghann September 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

Ha! Glad to see I’m not the only one ๐Ÿ™‚

35 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

I think the road ID is a fantastic idea! I always carry my license, cell phone, and health insurance card with me when I go on long bike rides.

Ashley’s accident is definitely a reminder of how easily accidents can happen.
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36 Steph @321delish September 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

I have a wrist Road ID that I wear on all my outdoor workouts! Sometimes I even wear it at races…I need a new one though, because it has my ex-bf’s phone number on it!
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37 Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

Oh my gosh, your dinner looks absolutely amazing…so yum! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s making me hungry just looking at all those delicious veggies.
I think the Road ID is an amazing idea, and so so important. I always worry about my boyfriend when he bikes to and from work – you know, you can’t help it when you love someone – and really appreciate the thought behind those IDs. I know he’d feel the same about me wearing one while running/biking too – they’re great ideas.
Love your new one too…the bracelet is really cute! <3 xyx
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38 Nikki September 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

I actually have buying a RoadID on my to-do list!!!!! I am excited to get one!
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39 mary September 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

I have a penicillin Allergy too!

I bought the slim version of the Road ID. looks just like a livestrong bracelet only it’s pink. I NEVER take it off. you never know when something will happen!
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40 Liz @ Southern Charm September 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Ohhh I NEED to get this!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
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41 Heidi Nicole September 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

I have the wrist RoadID that I have attached to my running shoes. The Husband has the wrist version that is strapped to the handle bars of his bike. This was there is no forgetting…running requires shoes and biking requires a bike!
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42 Coco September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

It really is such a great idea- a bit of piece of mind for sure.. I like the color ๐Ÿ™‚

43 Corey @ Learning Patience September 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Love this! Just read in my running magazine that you should always have one! Heading over to buy one now – i love the blogging world – thank you very much for this blog!
xoxo from Houston
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44 Jennifer Cook September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Love my road id! Buying my husband one soon as he is now out running and biking without me more often.

45 Army Amy* September 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I just ordered an updated road ID, too! I agree that safety is uber importante! When I talked about my road ID on my blog, I couldn’t believe how many people said that they run naked – no ID, no nothing!*
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46 Alaina September 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I definitely need a road ID. My parents and I were going to purchase them. We haven’t had any close calls (thank goodness) but I know how important it is to have.
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47 Belinda September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Meghann,

Thanks for posting this. Last fall my friend, Lauren, was hit by a bicycle while running in Dallas, TX. She hit her head on the pavement, never woke up and died a few days later (October 3, 2010). Other runners and cyclists immediately stopped and were searching her body for an ID so they could tell the emergency crew who she was and call her emergency contacts. Lauren was wearing no ID. Luckily, a man she worked with happened to run by before the ambulance got there. He didn’t know her name, but was able to describe her to another coworker who then called the company hotline. The company she worked for was the first to contact her parents. If it hadn’t been for the coworker stumbling upon the accident, it could have been a day or more before anyone would have known Lauren was laying unconscious in the hospital.

Even though the Road ID wouldn’t have saved Lauren’s life, it would have allowed her loved ones to know immediately about the accident.

For anyone reading this, please get a road ID. We tend to think we are invincible, and we’re not. Spreading the word is one of the only ways I can honor Lauren.

48 Meghann September 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Wow. Thank you for sharing this Belinda. What happened to Lauren is heart breaking and further proof why Road IDs are so important. I know ifany thing happened to one of my loved ones, I’d want to know right away and I hope they would feel the same. I’ll continue to help you spread the word for Lauren, let her heartbreaking story be a lesson to us all.

49 Sophie September 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Until recently I have always lived and run in the country (not that that’s particularly safer than anywhere else!) but because I never needed to carry a key etc with me and there was likely to be no mobile phone reception I rarely took anything with me. Thanks for this post – I’ve recently moved to the city and definitely need to be more sensible!
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