Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Tipster: Running in the Dark

Today's Workout:
5.5 mile run

Hello friends! Have you ever run in the dark? If you have, have you ever tripped over a rock or a tree stump? Have you ever fallen inside of a pothole? Have you ever slipped on the white lines that are painted on the road? Have you ever bumped into another runner because you couldn’t see them? Has a car nearly hit you because they couldn’t see you? Well, it seems like all these things have happened to me in the past week because I wasn’t using precaution while running in the dark (4:30 am to be exact!).
Let me tell you, it’s pretty scary out there if you’re not cautious in the dark. After a few days of tripping, falling, slipping and bumping into people, I decided to do a little research on the matter. Here are some tips to consider when running in the dark:

1. Wear light in front and on the back of you. You could hold a flashlight (not practical), wear reflective gear or you could wear a headlamp. Make sure you’re able to light up the road with your lights.

2. Run facing the traffic. I know this sounds scary, but trust me, it’s the safest alternative especially in the dark. When you face traffic, you’re able to see oncoming traffic therefore you’re able to dodge any vehicles that may be driving funny.

3. Choose the best route. First, choose a route that’s traveled by cars. You don’t want to find yourself in a desolate road by yourself. Second, run that route during the day so that you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Look out for potholes, low tree limbs or debris on the road. And third, opt to run on the sidewalk if possible and try to avoid from running on shoulders.

4. Carry a cell phone. In the event that you get injured or lost, a cell phone could save your life. You can call the police or a family member if you’re injured or you could use GPS if you’re lost.

5. Carry an ID. No one wants to get in an accident, but if it happens, an ID could be a very useful tool. You could carry your driver’s license or you could wear an ID tag by Road ID.

6. Wear a hat. Wearing a hat at night has a few benefits. It can shield the light from oncoming traffic; it can avoid debris and rain from falling in your eyes.

7. Don’t listen to music. Music can be a distraction which may make you less aware of your surroundings.

Be safe while you run!!

What safety precautions do you use when running?
I'm grateful to be spending the
day with my brother-in-law Alex. It's
his birthday today!


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  1. I always run against traffic, wear my road I.d. and if I'm by myself I carry pepper spray. Good tips!

    1. Good job Brittany! And great idea with the pepper spray!

  2. I always run with my dog (a German Shepherd mix), wear a reflective vest (I might look stupid but you can see me) and use knuckle lights. I don't like tight things around my head so I didn't think I would like a headlamp but I LOVE my knuckle lights.

    1. That's great Patty! I have never tried the knuckle lights. Those might be a good option! And the dog is definitely a deterrent!

  3. I wish I could get up the courage to run in the dark, but any little noise sends my heart racing! I live in the country so there are no roads well traveled by me. I once got all ready to run at 4:30 am on a bike path by my house, and I had myself convinced a coyote was following me (there probably wasn't), so I hightailed it back to the house and into the car to the gym!

  4. Dark and desolate roads are definitely scary. Just be careful! Otherwise you could run during the day.