I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending lately, especially when it comes to running/workout clothing and equipment. I already have everything I need plus some. My new deal is that I won’t buy anything new until I hit a big running milestone or go down a size in my Lululemon clothing. Whatever works right?
I did, however, make one last purchase: a Road ID. Prior to this weekend, I always ran with my license in my pocket so that if anything ever happened to me, the police would be able to identify me. It may seem kind of strange to think that way, but it’s necessary. (What an episode of Law & Order: SVU and you’ll see why.) Carrying my license was working fine except that I found myself leaving it in my pocket or iFitness belt and then frantically searching for it until I ran again. My Road ID has solved that problem.
Road ID was designed by a runner named Edward Wimmer. His dad, Mike, always told him to carry an ID when he ran, but he never understood the need for it until he was almost run over by a truck. Together, they designed a line of wearable identification for anyone who participates in outdoor fitness activities. The line includes wristbands, ankle bracelets, IDs that can be worn on your shoe and dog-tag style necklaces.
I chose the Wrist ID Slim (priced at just $15.99). I customized it with 3 phone numbers and a running quote: Be Calm and Run On. I chose to put a quote on mine because I don’t have any particular medical history/allergies/etc. that the paramedics would need to know about, and looking down at it makes me smile. I also purchased 2 extra Wristbands (for just $1 each!) in case I want to change the colors up every once in a while.
I’ve worn my ID on my last two runs and I am so glad I purchased it. I still have to be cautious about when and where I run alone, but wearing it gives me peace of mind that if something were to happen, my family would be notified.
The Bottom Line: I would definitely encourage each of you to purchase one. It would also make a great present for the athletes in your life. Every member of the Green household will be getting one of these in their stockings this Christmas!