Saftey Tips For Running At Night
Are you a night runner? Many people run at night due to schedules, work, children, and just personal preference. The rules are a bit different though from day to night. So be as safe as possible and not the victim of an injury, or worse, an attack.
- Run against traffic. It’s much easier to avoid traffic when you can see it.
- Put the headphones down. This one is hard, because music is a great motivator for me, but wearing headphones greatly reduces a runner’s ability to hear a car drive by, a voice or a potential attacker. When your vision is impaired by darkness, you need to be able to tell you what is in front of and behind you.
- Don’t wear dark colors at night. White running attire is probably the easiest to see at night, but you should also consider wearing reflective clothing , either a led glow shoe clip or shoe indicator, reflective arm band,or reflective vest.
- Run with a partner. It’s best to run with someone in case you have an accident, a fall, or you injure yourself.
- Layer Clothing. Temperatures drop very quickly at night. Layer your clothing appropriately. Check the weather before you head out to make sure you put just the right amount of clothing on.
- Run in familiar, well-lit areas. Find an area that’s lit up by lights, or if you are lucky to find one, hit up an outdoor track. If you want to experiment with a new trail, do it during the day. Sticking to your normal route will help avoid unseen bumps or potholes. No one wants a twisted ankle!
- Bring some safety essentials. Keep a cell phone with you in the event of an emergency, and always carry an ID and an insurance card in case you get injured or need help. These running belts are perfect for carrying these.
- Change up your routine. Run a few different routes and at different times through the week. Unfortunately, attackers are watching to pick up on your routine. For added protection, consider keeping pepper spray on you.
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