I hope you are doing well today.
As I mentioned a while ago, I started running at night when the time changed.
Prior to that decision, I reaaaallllllly hated running at night.
I am already pretty blind, so pair that with the fact my visibility is even worse at night… and you have yourself an accident waiting to happen.
But, I reaaaallllllly hate running in the morning (even though I tried it for a short period of time).
So, until the time changes again I have to accept the fact that I am a night runner.
Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned over the last few months about running at night!
1. Run against traffic. It’s easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming, so make sure you can see their headlights and they can see you.
2. Wear reflective gear. Most running clothes and shoes have reflective strips on them, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to add to it. Check out 2XUs Hyoptik Thermal compression tights for warmth, compression and visibility. It’s a combination of everything runners need on a cold night run!
3. Use a headlamp. As I have mentioned a few times, I am obsessed with my Nathan Zephyr Fire 300 Hand Torch. Not only is it easy to use, but the light that it gives off is very bright.
4. Carry your ID. Put your driver’s license in your armband (or pocket) or buy a RoadID… (which I actually really need to do).
5. Vary your routes and times. Potential attackers can study runners’ routines and loom in a particularly dark or isolated area. Don’t make yourself an easy target by always running the same route at the same time.
6. Run with a buddy. There’s strength and safety in numbers! If possible, don’t run alone. If you’re running alone, let someone know the route you’re running and approximately how long you will be out.
7. Carry a cell phone. You’ll be able to contact police immediately if something happens to you or you notice anything out of the ordinary.
8. Watch out for other bikes and runners. Even if you’re running on a path or in a park with no cars, always be aware of other runners and cyclists. Before you stop or turn around, make sure your path is clear. This advice applies to running in both daylight and darkness.
9. Lower the volume. If you must run with music (I do), do so with the volume at a minimum. Listening to music at high volumes cuts off your sense of hearing leaves you at a disadvantage. You can’t hear oncoming cars, cyclists yelling to move, dogs, or any other potential threat.
10. Follow your instincts. If you feel that you’re entering an unsafe situation, trust your gut and run to a safe location.
The most important thing to remember is that it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you don’t have the proper gear, don’t risk your life by running at night.
And… don’t use not having the proper gear as an excuse to not run.
Get the gear, be safe and GO RUN!