With all the rain we've been having lately in the Long Beach area it's important to remember to be safe while you are out running on the roads. Even in day time hours, the visibility can decrease drastically when it rains and with the winds we have been experiencing. Be sure to always make eye contact with motorists when crossing a street. Also, giving a friendly 'thank you for acknowledging me' wave is especially important during a time of unsafe conditions.
By adding new components to your normal running safety gear, whether it is a blinking light, some type of reflective vest, or a special color shirt that makes you stand out, now is the time to start taking those items out and putting them to good use. With something that makes you more visible, drivers can see you in the rain much better and your safety while running is less likely to be compromised. Though it is true that pedestrians have the right away, it doesn’t mean that drivers pay attention to them at all times.
Another important aspect of running in the rain is the fact that flash floods can happen on trails and riverbeds. Be alert to stay alive out there. Don’t run in an area where the water has the opportunity to rise quickly and make sure if you do, that you are not listening to music or not fully aware of your surroundings. Flooding can happen very quickly and when you least expect it, so make sure you are safe while running. Try to stay away from flooded sidewalks and streets to the best of your ability.
Also, don’t run through water that looks calm, may it be on streets, or huge standing puddles of water. It could be a recipe for disaster because you don’t know how the water is moving and where the water is headed for drainage. Running in the rain can be rewarding, but make sure to change out of your wet clothes immediately in hopes to keep any illness that might pop up from the cold wet weather at bay.