Monday, February 22, 2016

5 Safety Tips For Wintertime Running

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Charleston has a lot of fantastic outdoorsy groups, especially for running.  To prep for my most recent half marathon, it was fun to change up my training by getting pushed by a supportive group of fellow runners instead of always running by myself. What's a better way to make a good first impression in my group than with chocolate?!  To spread a little love, I made these fun goodie bags for my running buddies with my favorite tips for staying safe during wintertime running and new DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut.
While I love that I can run all year round in South Carolina, it can definitely present some challenges because many nights when I come from work, it's almost, if not already, dark. 

Here are the ways I stay safe during winter training: 
1. Wear bright clothing. 
2. Add glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets to your sneakers and yourself. 
3. Lose the headphones and listen to music out loud so you’re more aware of your surroundings. 
4. Always run against the flow of traffic. Know what’s coming towards you! 
5. Run in groups when you can.
Now, to make the goodie bags, all you need is colored paper, scissors, snack-sized bags, and DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond:
1. Print these tips (or your own favorites) on some fun colored paper.
2. Cut them into strips to fit inside snack-sized resealable bags
3. Add in a handful of DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond as a post-run treat.
4. Bring them to your next fun run!
I'm absolutely in love with these new DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut. Available right now at Walmart, they're a delicious snack, perfect to reward myself after a good run. All month, you can find them in a special display at your local store - look for it! 
On my most recent trip, I also picked up the DOVE® Dark Chocolate Strawberry & Cocoa Almond and DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cherries varieties in addition to the Raspberry and Almond I used for my new running friends. They all combine the wellness benefits of dark chocolate with fruits and nuts while satisfying my craving for something sweet! 
Have you tried any DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut products? If not, here's a link to download a coupon to try it for yourself!  

16 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Such great tips! I hate running in the winter... oh wait. I just hate running in general! But I love snacks! :) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Jen said...

Yes to all of these tips especially the bright colored clothing. I always feel better when I look like a highlighter lol.

Emily said...

I've started just listening to music loudly on my phone when walking by myself just in case... gotta be prepared!

Lauren Honeycutt said...

Love the idea for those goodie bags! It's been TOO cold (and icy) to run outside up here, but I feel as though winter will break into spring soon!

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

I've had to ditch the whole running in the dark thing completely - not enough street lamps where I like to run during the day! Or, if it's Kiawah, no street lamps at all ;) These are good tips though!

Rebecca Jo said...

OK - these will be perfect for me. my training is now up to 7 miles & I need nutrition after an hour & I hate gels & want real food. These would be perfect!

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Yummy! Bet those chocolates were a hit! It's always dark when we get home from work too!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Great tips girl, not always easy to run in cold weather in Chicago, but when the warmer weather rolls around these are great! Those chocolates look amazing!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

Every year when the weather warms up I convince myself I'm going to become a runner. I've just started this time around, but am using a new app to monitor progress, pace myself, etc. I am hoping it will work! These are great tips!

Emily said...

Great tips for running at night! All of those are pretty important for safety. I haven't tried those Dove chocolates but they sound delicious!

Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine said...

No matter the time of year I never run with headphones in both ears. I'm a bit of a worrier :) I only have one headphone in so that I can always keep an ear out for my surroundings.

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Great tips! Some of the runners in my neighborhood don't wear bright colors and it can be difficult to see them in the evenings. I love Dove chocolates!

Stephanie said...

I love this idea! What a fun way to make a first impression with a new running group. I'm always looking for a good snack after a tough workout. The DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut sounds like a great way to reward myself and help motivate me to stick to my fitness goals! #client

Erin Phillips said...

What a cute idea! I love how you made these for your group. So jealous of the weather you guys have been getting down there so you can get out and run!

Erin, Attention To Darling
www.attentiontodarling.com

Gillian Ellis said...

I would go running if it included those chocolate almonds!

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

I wish I liked running more. I always push myself to do it, but it's not my favorite. Those chocolates on the other hand... :)

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