Now that the long, light days of summer are behind us and we’re headed toward Daylight Savings Time, let’s talk about running in the dark. Keep yourself safe with these tips:
Lights, lights, lights! Be seen with reflective gear, flashlights and/or a headlamp. This allows you to be seen by cars, other runners or pedestrians and bikers. Flashlights and headlamps help you see where you’re going and reduce the risk of accident or injury. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. When running on the road, run on the left side to see and be seen by oncoming traffic.
In Case of Emergency… Carry your cellphone with the Medical ID activated or your passcode turned off. This will help you get into your phone to call for help if necessary, or it will help someone access your phone to help you if you’re incapacitated. Consider getting a Road ID.
Trust your gut. Never, ever, ever ignore your instincts. If something feels off, or you feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to adjust your plans. Pay close attention to your surroundings and vary your routes to avoid any unwanted followers!
Find a running buddy! Your parents probably told you “safety in numbers!” and with good reason. Besides having someone to talk to, you can look out for each other. If you don’t have a running buddy, find a route that is well lit, and where there are other people and activities around you.
Ditch your headphones. With diminished visibility, you’ll want to be able to hear traffic and others around you. Your music and podcasts will sound that much better when you’ve had some unaided running time, too!