Win Your Choice of Road ID!


It’s Friday, so I thought it would be a great time to do another giveaway. I am SO excited to be able to give one reader their own customized Road ID! Road IDwas kind enough to provide me with an e-certificate to give to the winner so that he/she can choose his/her own Road ID. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me which Road ID you would choose (wrist, ankle, shoe pouch, etc.).

I am a very strong proponent of wearing (or carrying) ID with you whenever and wherever you exercise. You don’t have to look far to find stories of people who have had medical emergencies while exercising and were unable to be identified by emergency personnel. If you want to know why I feel so strongly about this issue, you can read HERE…. 

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Road ID Sweepstakes

As many of my readers know, I believe strongly in running with proper identification. Back in October, I ran a race and received  a $15 gift certificate from Road ID as part of an age group award.
Road IDBecause I already have a Road ID, I would like to pass this gift certificate on to one of my blog readers. Please see below for Terms and Conditions of this sweepstakes (yes, legally it’s a sweepstakes, not a giveaway). In order to participate, please leave a comment about what you are interested in reading about (on this blog) on this post. All further details are outlined below.

To enter the sweepstakes for a $15 Road ID gift certificate, please just leave a comment on this post, meaning this post.  You cannot enter by any other means. There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY or any other type of consideration that must be given to enter this sweepstakes. By entering a comment, you are entering in the sweepstakes terms and conditions. To enter this sweepstakes you must be over 18 years of age and a United States citizen.

This sweepstakes starts on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8 a.m. and will go to Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. The winner will be chosen using, and the results will be posted on this blog. Winner will be announced by Monday, November 22 at 8 a.m.  A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (November 29 at 8 a.m.). All prizes will be awarded. Thus, if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen. The writer of this blog will not be held liable for any typographical errors or technical failures.

Winner of this contest will receive $15 gift certificate to Road ID.


Run with Identification

Today’s post is about a subject that is close to my heart. For the longest time, I have been running without carrying any form of ID (I know, insert lecture here!). I just never gave a thought to plugging in my headphones and heading out the door sans ID. At times I would hear the voice in the back of my head reminding me that I should run with identification. I am a mother runner, my two children and husband depend on me. What would happen if I passed out on the side of the road and no one knew who I was? How would I get help? The truth is that I should have known better from my own personal experience.

A very close friend of mine has epilepsy. When she was younger, she used to go for runs of varying distance around town. One afternoon, she was out running and suffered a seizure. After a seizure, you are often times unable to talk. You have thoughts running through your head, but no way to verbalize them. Imagine how frightening this is–and then imagine yourself out for a run, waking up on the side walk with no memory of what just happened. You walk to the nearest house to ask for help, but the person who answers the door is afraid to help you. She doesn’t know what you are trying to communicate, and is afraid to let you in. You have no identification whatsoever and no way to get the message to her that you need help and you need someone to come get you. Thankfully, the situation turned out okay–but we all know that it could have turned out much worse.

As mother runners and non-mother runners, we need to take the necessary steps to protect our safety and run with identification. If you do not carry any identification with your, consider getting some type of identification bracelet. I recently purchased a Road ID, where I could put up to five lines of text for emergency contacts, address,etc. road id run with identification I now wear the bracelet whenever I go for a run, even if I am at the gym. If you don’t want to wear a bracelet, at the bare minimum, you should at least make sure that you have an ICE (in case of emergency) number that is easily located on your phone. I recently read a story about a runner that suffered a heart attack while running. He had no identification, and the emergency medical staff had to use the serial number on his ipod to track down his address and telephone number to notify his wife! So, the next time you head out for a run, please make sure you take some ID with you! Your life could depend on it!