Well, once I started training for my half marathon, I began running on roads. Facing traffic, following all the safety rules, but a little disconcerting when cars are flying past you at 60 mph. And although I hate to think about it, I know that if something terrible would happen between me and a vehicle (a contest that I'm pretty sure I would lose), I'd be lying in a ditch or on the side of the road for a while before my running club coaches would realize that I hadn't made it back and come looking for me.
Enter Road ID. While I'd like to think it provides an invisible shield between me and oncoming traffic, it doesn't. But traffic isn't the only issue that people who participate in outdoor activities face - there is passing out due to heat exhaustion, hypothermia (I hear there are parts of the country where it gets really cold), medical issues such as diabetes could come into play...being active is a good thing, and making sure that your information, and any immediate medical issues, are instantly available to EMTs is an equally good thing. Created by the father and son team of Mike and Edward Wimmer, Road ID is a simple way to communicate to emergency personnel who you are, and who should be called, should you be unable speak. The product is available in wristbands, ankle tags, shoe tags and even military-style dog tags - something to fit everyone's needs. MY needs, of course, tended toward the cute pink Wrist ID Sport:
Have I impressed you with my mad Paintshop skilz in blocking out my identifying information? Somehow I didn't think the internet needed my family's phone numbers, lol.
There is plenty of room to put all your necessary info, plus I had an extra line, so I put my running mantra, mind over miles, on it as well. I wore this for the first time on my 8 mile run and it was so lightweight and comfortable that I didn't even know it was there!
Now here's the really good part: Road ID has generously offered to give one of my readers their very own Road ID - and you can choose whichever type you want! To enter, check out their website and then leave me a comment with which one (color, too!) you would pick, should you be the winner. Anyone in the WORLD can enter - I know this will make all of my readers outside of the U.S. happy! I'll take entries until Tuesday, December 21st at 10:00 pm CST; random.org will draw the winner, who will be announced on the Wednesday Workout Update post, interwebs-willing. Good luck!
**FCC alert: Road ID provided me with a free ID - this review is all my own opinion, though.