Lighten Up1 of 13
DO wear brightly colored clothing or reflective gear, especially if you are running pre-dawn or post-sunset. Running in the city means running around plenty of cars and people, and you'll definitely want to be seen.
Find Some Support2 of 13
DO find running shoes with the appropriate cushioning. City running means you'll find yourself on concrete, brick and other hard surfaces—all of which are not super friendly to joints, especially knees. Shoes with increased cushioning can help soften the impact your joints take when pounding the pavement.
Unexpected Detours3 of 13
Ankle Breakers4 of 13
DO keep your eyes open for potholes, bikes, cars, people, construction barricades and other city hazards. Running in the city may be exciting, but it can also be dangerous.
Park It5 of 13
DO plan your routes around city-based parks (hello, Central Park!) and other pedestrian-friendly parts of town. You don't want to have to worry about safety during your run.
Fresh Air6 of 13
DO get out of the city every once in a while. Your lungs, knees and mind will thank you.
Lost in the Moment7 of 13
DON'T completely zone out on your run. While it's great to lose yourself during a run—"45 minutes gone already? Sweet!"—it's not fun to get hit by a car.
Jammin' Out8 of 13
DON'T turn your music up full blast. Those cars we mentioned earlier? Their drivers aren't always paying attention, so make sure you take out one earbud in order to know who and what is around you at all times.
Urban Frogger9 of 13
DON'T dart through traffic. Yes, we know your Garmin's still running. Just pause it and wait for the walk signal. Even a dedicated crosswalk can still be dangerous during rush hour traffic—better safe than sorry.
Stop and Go10 of 13
DON'T get frustrated if you get hung up at a stoplight. It's gonna happen. Pack some patience, Antsy Nancy. Or better yet, work in some bodyweight squats or lunges—use your "downtime" wisely.
Joint-Friendly Surfaces11 of 13
DON'T run on concrete, if at all possible. If you can find asphalt, pick that over concrete. While grass, dirt and other soft terrains are ideal for running, asphalt is the most forgiving "urban" surface to cover your miles.
Safety First12 of 13
DON'T forgo safety precautions, including your cell phone, a few dollars, your ID and even pepper spray.