Disclaimer: I did not receive any kind if compensation or reward for writing this post. This is just a product that I use, love, and get a lot of questions about.
So I really do get a lot of questions about my “13.1 bracelet”. Especially on Instagram where I have a bad habit of posting way to many photos of my feet and of my wrist (showing off my runs on my Garmin of course! 😉 ).
It is pretty spiffy! But it’s a lot more important than just a neat looking “13.1 bracelet”. It’s actually the Wrist ID Slim from Road ID, and all of the important stuff is on the face plate that I don’t usually have showing in any of my photos. If I forget to turn it around though, I blur it out because it’s got some important information on it that the internet doesn’t need to know. It’s got my first and last name, birth year, the city and state that I live in, Luke’s phone number and his relation to me, my blood type, and one of my favorite quotes; “Pain only hurts”, from Scott Jurek’s book Eat and Run. The 13.1 thing is just a neat little badge that I had to pay extra for, but I just thought it was too nifty to pass up! 🙂
I consider my Road ID to be one of my most important pieces of running gear! Even more important than moister wicking socks, and that’s saying something! Those things are pretty damn important! My Road ID is so important to me because it gives me peace of mind while I’m out on the road. I’ve never actually had any kind of experience where I couldn’t speak for myself and the information on my wrist would come in handy, but it is something I would worry about sometimes. What would happen to me if I ended up unconscious in the hospital? No one would know who I was, how old I am (which can be really important information in certain situations), or who to contact. And obviously my family would have no idea where I was or what happened to me.
At one point I considered carrying my driver’s license with me on my runs, but that still wouldn’t help anyone contact my family if they needed to, and 90% of the time I’d have no where to keep it anyway. I don’t know about you guys, but I have a really hard time finding running gear with pockets, and if it has pockets, they’re never sufficient. But that’s a whole different story…
Anyway, I had seen Road ID’s all over Instagram and I thought they were pretty nifty and when I got a coupon for $5 off any Road ID with one of my race packets I decided to get one and I’m so glad that I did! I really really hope I never end up in a situation when someone will actually need the information on my Road ID, but it makes me feel a lot better knowing that it’s there, just in case. 🙂
Do you carry any form of ID/emergency information while you run?
Seriously though, what’s with running gear not having pockets??