After year of procrastinating on getting something, I finally realized that running without any ID or medical information (though I’m lucky that the extent of my medical issues is that I have a rarer blood type) was dumb, especially with a baby on the way in the next few weeks. That said, I had, in years past, run with those laminated tags that snap to your shoelaces, but I inevitably lost them on the trail.
At the recent urgings of my wife, I started running with my cell phone in an Amphipod, mainly for notification that she went into labor. (I’m pretty sure that phone call would have seen me set a new PR for the run home, but, as of yet, no call!) Carrying a phone was a big switch for me, since I generally head out of the house with with shorts, shoes, T-shirt, and, at most, a house or car key in the mini pocket of my shorts. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she had a good point. If anything were to happen to me, from getting hit by a car to passing out from heat exhaustion in the summer, there was nothing on me to tell anyone who I was or where I lived. The best I could hope for would to be near my house where a neighbor might know who I am. Given that my long days take me over five to six miles from my house, that wasn’t likely. It was time to spend the $20 for a Road ID.