FARGO -- Jessica O'Day has been running for 10 years.

She is training for the 5K and 10K at the Fargo Marathon coming up in May.

"It's been a lot of fun, my legs are definitely getting tired this time around," said O'Day.

She's been able to ditch the gym and hit the pavement since the snow melted.

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But running outdoors comes with safety concerns.

The first thing she does is tell people where she's going.

"I'll be as far north as 32nd Avenue as far south as 52nd Avenue, depending how long that run might be," she said.

Sometimes her runs take her on busy streets where she has to share the road with cars.

"If you're running on the roads, it's important to be running against traffic, getting out in the daylight is huge I know that's a lot harder," she added.

Cley Twigg is a retired marathon runner. He said it's important to wear bright colors on your run.

"Wear a green, wear pink, wear something so when that car's coming they can see you," said Twigg.

When the sun goes down he said it doesn't hurt to wear reflective clothing and portable lights just to be safe.

"Car's usually not gonna jump the curb but things can happen," he said.

O'Day said sometimes the dangers don't involve a moving vehicle.

With all the melting snow, it can also bring a little ice, and according to Jessica, a nasty fall.

"I even saw the ice coming up and before you knew it I was down on the ground," she said.

Bottom line, make sure to be aware of your surroundings if you're going to lace up and go for a run outside.