Recently I added a new piece of gear to my early morning run “uniform” - the Run Angel personal safety wearable device. Back in August I had an unsettling experience (click here to read that post) that inspired me to increase my awareness of my surroundings and to rethink the precautions I take to keep myself safe when I am running alone.
Not long after that scary incident I listened to a podcast that featured the creator of Run Angel. I loved the concept of this invention and ordered one that same day! Run Angel is a device you wear around your wrist, and when activated, emits a high-pitched sound and simultaneously sends alerts via text message and email to selected individuals you’d want to alert if you were in danger.
Setting up the Run Angel was very easy, even for those like myself who are technologically challenged. The first step is to download a free app that will guide you through pairing your device with your smartphone and setting up your list of family or friends you want to be your “guardians” in case of an emergency. The people you choose will receive a text message containing an acceptance link.
After the setup is complete, you’re ready to run! It’s literally as easy as pressing the “On” button. The device is rechargeable and comes with a USB cord for easy charging. The Run Angel app can tell you how much battery life is left. It is recommended you recharge your Run Angel once per week, so I make a point of plugging it in when I recharge my Garmin.
I have found my Run Angel to be a relatively inexpensive, easy way to up my safety level when I am running alone. The device operates on a Bluetooth connection, so this does require you to run with your phone, which, given we’re talking about safety, is a good idea anyway! The company is located in Ireland, which is where the device will ship from, but I recently read the Run Angel is now sold in the United States at Best Buy stores. I was not compensated by Run Angel to write this post, I just strongly believe in this great product. This is definitely a wonderful gift idea for a runner, or anyone who spends time exercising outdoors alone. You can visit their website at runangel.com