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As with any activity, there are some risks and hazards involved with running. Most running injuries are minor, and won't interfere with your training for long. It's the other hazards that usually present the biggest challenge…
• If you run after dark or before dawn, choose a safe neighborhood. Wear reflective clothing, and – ideally – a small blinking LED to warn traffic. Always run where there are streetlights. Never run in unfamiliar territory after dark.
• If you must run on the road's shoulder, run facing traffic. Always assume that oncoming drivers can't see you.
• Run on as forgiving a surface as possible. Grass is good; concrete is bad.
• If you're running alone, make sure someone knows where you'll be and when to expect you back.
• Don't run with earphones or earbuds, unless you're on a running track or jogging path. Even then, keep the volume low enough that you can hear someone approaching on foot.
• Never, ever run on railroad tracks. Ever.