Be Bright. Be Seen
I know you lovely lot know this – you’re all grown ups – most of you run when it’s dark and have been doing so for years….. but, well, I feel like I’m doing my Chair duties by stating this – the evenings are darker, which means we all need to ‘Be Bright….Be Seen’!
There…I’ve said it – and here’s a few hints and tips for running at night…I look forward to seeing you all rocking up for a club run in bright neon flashy lights (if you don’t have any ask Jacqui 😊).
1. Wear Bright and Reflective Clothing
It's difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark, so don't make it harder on them by wearing dark, non-reflective clothing.
Make sure to wear bright colors, preferably with reflective material or tape so that you stand out as you run.
2. Wear or Carry Lights
Not only is it hard for drivers to see you in the dark, but it is also hard for you to see the road, trail or pavement as you run.
There are many small lights that are easy to wear or hold that will illuminate your path while running.
Plus, drivers will be able to see you.
3. Don't Listen to Music
Some tunes on your run are great to keep you going, but not in the dark.
When running in the dark, you need to rely on all your senses, not just your sight.
Leave the music at home so you can hear any potential dangers.
(Alternatively take out one earbud or use bone conductors)
4. Run in Well Lit or Populated Areas
Rethink your run route if you're used to running on trails.
Although it's nice and peaceful while running on trails, you set yourself up as an easy target for someone to attack or accost you.
Stick to busier roads and well lit areas. It may be a bit boring, but at least you're safer.
5. Run With a Friend
Running with someone else drastically reduces the chance of someone accosting you.
You'll have a buddy to keep you motivated and an extra set of eyes, and ears, to stay on the lookout for anything strange.
6. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
No matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe, always pay attention to what's around you.
If something does not seem right, trust your instincts and move away from the possible danger quickly.
It's better to be a little over cautious than seriously injured or dead.credit to active.com