i have seen a couple posts lately about running safety (and i have done one previously) and running in the dark, plus i had a comment yesterday asking for some tips. so i thought i would give my two cents on the topic now that its dark a lot of the time we are running.
tips for running in the dark!
better to have it and not need it, then to not have it and need it. i have this one.
i run with it in my hand (it has a strap that wraps around), especially in the dark or in areas i just don’t feel right. it doesn’t weigh much and i can barely tell its there. i just make sure its positioned right to take off the safety easily if need be.
i always wear my head lamp when its dark, or if its going to get dark. i hate being stuck out running when it turns dark on me if i don’t have light! i use it to shine at cars/other people so they see me also.
i use this one. i love it, my only complaint is the batteries need to be replaced too often.
i admit i don’t wear this vest often, but i do wear the hat! if i don’t have one of these things on i try to make sure a piece of my clothing has a reflective strip somewhere on it.
go where you know
don’t go running around in new unfamiliar places you aren’t sure are safe or might get lost in. i try to stick around home or just go on my normal routes i know very well. sometimes i will even do multiple laps/circles/out and backs just because i know the areas.
don’t go alone
if you are lucky enough to have a friend to run with, set up some running dates!
and bring your pups! nothing like a big scary dog to help you feel safe.
just be smart
bring your phone and let someone know where you are going and about how long you are going to be gone.
be alert, pay attention, don’t wear your music, just be smart about it. listen to your instincts and trust them.
what are some of your tips for running in the dark/being safe?
run safe out there friends!
5 –7 distance
easy morning run starting in the dark. nothing too exciting, just kept the pace easy.
7.0 miles/1:03:36/9:05 avg pace