Who is a Nervous Nelly (like I am) when it comes to safety?
When I first started running longer distances, I always carried my license (and keys, GU, phone, iPod) in either my pockets or pouch and then spent the rest of the run wondering if I was going to lose my license when I grabbed a GU. I had visions of my license flying out, into the river, and then a tragic accident befalling me as I scrambled after my license. How would anyone know who I was? How would they notify my husband that I had a very overactive imagination?
Or worse, what if something actually happened to me?
Thankfully, my running coach Brandi, and running partner Sarah, saw me silently freaking out during a run one day (until I tracked down my license) and asked what, exactly, I was doing.
That’s when I first heard about Road ID.
Road IDs are a nifty little way to share your information with anyone who might need to know. While my license has my name and address, it doesn’t have the phone numbers of my nearest and dearest, which could come in handy if something were to happen to me. Of course, I still fill out the back of my bib during races, but for training runs that’s not an option.
Safety first, people!
Once I got my first Road ID, I clearly needed another because there were so many options and I needed to be really safe. (And fashionable.)
Of course, my friends had to get in on the action.
And my children needed them, too. The slim bracelet works really well for the kids and mine have worn them everywhere from a Disney Cruise vacation, to camping, to school/camp trips and, of course, during runs.
Besides including the basics (name, year of birth, hometown and state, phone numbers of family), there’s a sixth line available to include a motto or any medical conditions. My little guy has Autism, which is something that he cannot express for himself at this stage in the game, so the sixth line provides that information if he should ever get separated from us. (Obviously, I’d be having a panic attack, were that ever to happen. But knowing that he has his Road ID will help me have a slightly less severe panic attack.)
While I have all the pertinent information on lines one through five, my sixth line has my motto when it comes to working out – I CAN AND I WILL! It’s always nice to have that little reminder there for myself!
I asked my fellow Chicks what sayings they’d use for motivation.
bec2point0 YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW.
beewhobabbles JUST TEN MORE MINUTES.
camoozle DON’T STOP. GET IT, GET IT.
vfreile ANYONE CAN RUN A MILE. (Vic says this to herself when the run gets crappy and rough and she’s down on herself.)
writeitdownjess DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE, JESS.
Now, of course, we want our Scoot a Doot readers to all be safe and sound, too – which is why we are thrilled to partner with Road ID on a giveaway for two $35 eCard Gift Certificates for two lucky readers to buy their own Road IDs!
So how do you enter to win? There are a couple of different things you can do to increase your chances:
1. Leave us a comment on this post. What would you put on your sixth line of your Road ID?
2. Follow Road ID on Facebook. Leave us a comment saying that you did (honor system, guys!).
3. Follow Road ID on Twitter. Leave another comment.
5. Share this contest anywhere– your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, t-shirt, sign on your lawn, where ever. Leave a comment (a link is always awesome, as are pictures – especially if you make a t-shirt. That would be really rad) and you get another entry!
Contest ends Thursday, 4/4/13 at midnight EST. We’ll use Random.org to choose the winners and announce them on Friday, 4/5/13 here on the blog. Cool? Cool!
This contest has sadly come to an end! Look for more giveaways from us soon!