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Running is very social for me. If given the choice to run alone or with someone else, I am going to choose to run with a buddy. Not only do the miles seem to tick by more quickly with a friend but I also feel safer than when I run alone. But let’s be honest, even before the terms social distancing and quarantine were so prominent in our vocabularies, it was difficult to find times to coordinate schedules with my best running buddies so that we could get all of our training runs in…..together. So that means if I want to keep to my running schedule and get my runs done in a timely manner I need to suck it up and run alone.
Now don’t get me wrong….I don’t hate running alone. A good solo run can clear your mind and allow you to dial in and focus on your training. Safety is something that needs to be on every runner’s mind but especially if you are running solo. Personally, I will make sure that my husband knows when I’m running and has a general idea of what my route will be. I wear bone conduction head phones that allow me to hear what’s going on around me and I take extra caution when crossing streets, parking lots, etc.
Even with all of these precautions, accidents can happen. If you have followed me for any time on social media you will know that I can be a little clumsy and somewhat of a hot mess. I have fallen (during a race and even during packet pick up!) and once during a trail race I slipped climbing over a guardrail and managed to slice my leg up pretty badly (I still have the scar from that one!) Luckily, I was not alone when any of these accidents happened and was able to get help when needed. But what if I had been alone? What if I am unable to provide basic information about myself and my emergency contacts??
As an ER nurse, I also understand how important it is to have all the information that you can when caring for someone. If someone is not able to be identified, it is impossible to know any medical history or allergies they may have. The healthcare team needs this information to provide the safest care. Having a ROAD iD means not only can you be identified and previous medical records can be reviewed if available but an emergency contact can also be called and they can provide additional information. This information can be life saving!
I have a ROADiD stretch bracelet that I had been wearing on my right wrist opposite of my watch. I wear my watch everywhere though and so I was excited to try out the ROADiD sidekick for my Garmin. This particular ROADiD fits on the band of my Garmin watch. They also have sidekicks available for FitBit and Apple watches. You can choose from three different faceplate covers (silver, gold, or rose gold) and I chose the rose gold, of course!
The information on the faceplate is completely customizable so that you can put the information that you feel is most important to you on your ROADiD. I chose to include my name, birth date, my husband’s name and phone number and my favorite motivational quote, “Faith over Fear”. I was a little worried that putting a faceplate on my Garmin band would be uncomfortable and would make my watch feel too tight. I wear my watch all day, every day (except in the shower and when it’s on the charger) and I notice no difference in how my Garmin feels on my wrist. It’s super comfortable!!
While the information on my ROADiD sidekick could be important to first responders if something happened during a training run or race, I also know that my ROADiD could also be very useful if I were in a car accident or needed medical attention in my day to day life. Having my sidekick right on my Garmin that I wear all day, everyday means that I can have that extra peace of mind that if I am unable to provide this basic information for emergency medical care, my ROADiD can speak for me!
ROADiD offers a variety of different options to choose from including wrist iDs, shoe iDs, and even wearable iDs for your pet! Check out their website at http://roadid.com to check out all the color and personalization options! Use code SAVEBRP when ordering to save 25% Peace of mind is priceless but saving a little money with it is even better!
Once you order a ROADiD get ready to stalk your mailman! This won’t be too difficult because they do an amazing job of keeping you updated about your iD and when you can expect it. I got emails telling me when my sidekick had been engraved and when it had been shipped that included tracking information. I appreciated being kept in the loop about my order! This excellent service paired with the fact that the engraving is guaranteed for life can’t be beat!