When you hate running on treadmills but you don't have access to dry paved trails for your runs, you might have to share the road with big metal machines - also called, CARS!
Running on the shoulder of the road can open great opportunities for nice long runs but also come with a hazardous side. Here are some tips to running on the highways and byways
SEE AND BE SEEN AND STAY ALERT
1. SEE: It amazes me how many times as I drive down two lane roads I come up on runners who are running on the same side of the road as traffic flows! This is SERIOUS NO NO! When you have to run on roads - always run against the traffic - This way - YOU can SEE the cars even if they don't see you! Think about all those drivers out there texting or talking on the phone; fiddling with their radios or doing their makeup - in a matter of seconds, they serve on to the shoulder. If you're running with the traffic, you'll never see them coming and you're on the evening news.
2. BE SEEN: When I run outside, I always wear brightly colored or reflective clothes - even if it's sunshine and clear outside! I want my outline to stand out from the normal scenery - The contrast will hopefully alert the driver that you're there. I purchased an Iluminite reflective running jacket about 8 years ago - and I can tell you - people see me coming from MILES AWAY (ok - a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. The jacket is on the pricy side (over $100.00) - but there are other options as well. If you know someone in the military or have access to a military PX (BX for the Airforce) - the military uses a reflective belt for their soldiers because they normally do their PT at the break of dawn - I picked one up about 5 years ago while visiting my father near Fort Rucker, Alabama.
3 And Finally: STAY ALERT!: When I'm running on the roads and facing traffic - I make it a point to make EYE CONTACT with the driver of the on coming car - It forces me to make sure he/she sees me and if they don't I know well in advance if there's going to be a problem! Many times, the cars will even move towards the middle of the road and give me even more room. When they do, I respond by waving to them - It's my way of saying, "Thanks" for looking out for me.
Feel free to add others that you might have.