As we creep towards summer a lot of us will start running later in the evenings and into the dark just to stay cool (ok – mostly talking about us southern mamas)

A few weeks ago was really my first time running in the dark.  Heather and I ran a mile after bootcamp one morning -but for some reason “morning dark” is different than “evening dark”. One of our Newnan members mentioned she was going for a run at 8:45pm so Heather and I said we would join her.

I got a little nervous last minute and grabbed some of Chris’s clothes that had something reflective on them… Heather – didnt ;)  However, expert night-runner-“Pam A” (Ironically new-Pam’s last name is A and mine is B so now we are Pam A and Pam B haha… kinda like Thing 1 and Thing 2 I guess) showed up in her reflective belt and gear!!  GO PAM A.!

I had to snap a picture of ideal night running attire -because Heather and I definitely didnt have it on!!  Check out that GLOW!!! 

Here are some other tips for running at night and really running in general.  I borrowed them from about.com because I liked and agreed with the list ;)

  • Choose a Well-lit Route: It might not be your favorite route to run, but the most well-lit route is your safest choice. Oncoming cars see you better, and you’ll always be able to see the road and avoid potential hazards.
  • Always Run Against Traffic: It’s easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming. Avoid busy roads and those with no shoulders or sidewalks.
  • Be Visible: If you’re running in the early morning or at night, even at dusk, wear white, yellow, or orange clothes. Also, make sure you have reflective gear on. Although some items (running shoes, jackets) already have reflective pieces on them, it doesn’t hurt to add more. A headlamp is also a great item for runners who do a lot of early morning or evening runs. Also check out this little gadget called a Firefly Supernova – Heather just got one!!  It’s supposed to be visible for up to a mile away!! 
  • Always Have Identification On You: Put your driver’s license in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe.  Check out RoadId – that’s what Heather and I use ;)
  • 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. 
  • Run With a Buddy: There’s strength and safety in numbers. If possible, try to never run alone. If you’re running alone, let someone know the route you’re running and approximately how long you will be out. 
  • 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.
  • Watch out for 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.
  • Trust your Instincts: If you feel that you’re entering an unsafe situation, trust your gut and run to a safe location.
  • Ditch Your Music: Make sure you leave your radio, MP3 player, or iPod at home. Cutting 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.
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    3 Responses to Running in the dark

    1. nicole says:

      I also run at night during the summer due to the pittsburgh heat/humidity (not like GA and FLA for sure but its enough) and in addition to the reflective/light clothing I have a "tail Light" made by Nathan that is a red light that has different flashing patterns -I clip it onto the back of my shorts (shirt not covering!). And I was going to spend money on a running head lamp (like $25 and up) until I happen to be in HOME DEPOT and found an identical style head lamp (very tiny light weight and BRIGHT) in a pack of 2 for 9.99 and they work GREAT. My neighborhood has become accustomed to the "crazy lady" out for (literally) a midnight run. What kind of belt is that, I have not been able to find one with such a bright refelctive material?

    2. The Huff's says:

      i like to run at night. so I always bring my scary looking dog and cell phone!

    3. ANGIE says:

      So glad you posted this!! I am limited to early morning or at night (after the boys go to bed). I need to get some reflective stuff…as well as train my soon-to-be big (hopefully) dog to go with me!!

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