5 Ways to Run Safely at Night
You’ve spent this last past year working hard and some holidays are not going to get in the way. Therefore, to stay fit, you are going to want to train and for many people that includes running. However, because now days are shorter and nights are longer there is a very big possibility that you will have to run in the dark, so make sure you stay safe and that you are really careful.
Ideally choose to run in well-lit areas, but if for some reason that isn’t possible we want to give you 5 safety precautions you should take:
1. Make sure you can be seen
You might like to wear dark coloured clothes, but it’s dark and no one will be able to tell what you are wearing anyways, so wear reflective clothes and/or reflective gear. You are able to see passing cars, but they have to be able to see you as well.
You could wear gear such as a lamphead, not only will it make you more visible, it would also illuminate your path.
2. Choose and prepare your route
Taking a new path may sound fun, however when training at night you should choose well lit and familiar routes. If you have to take a detour in a unfamiliar path you are more likely to get lost or injured.
3. Tell someone where you are going and send them your route
You can tell either a family member or a friend, but it is important that someone knows where you are in case something happens to you, especially if you are going on a different path than usual. Also, tell them for how long you plan to go running, this way they’ll know if something is wrong.
4. Carry identification
This can be your ID, driver’s licence, a tag, a necklace or anything with an emergency contact and important medical information. It may be uncomfortable to carry, but very necessary.
5. Stay alert and listen to your instincts
When running in the dark it is important that you stay aware of your surroundings, wether it is listening for passing cars, watching out for any irregularities on the road or other people. Being alert to potentially dangerous situations will keep you safe, so listen to your instincts because if they tell you something is off, there may be some truth behind that feeling.
Follow these recommendations and be safe!