Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tips for Running in the Dark

Given the long winters we have here in Michigan, it's not uncommon to have several runs a week in the dark. With that in mind, here are 4 tips for running in the dark:

  1. Run against traffic : not only will you be illuminated by their headlights but you will see the oncoming cars as well should anything happen, your chance of moving out of the zone of danger are increased
  2. Be seen: Not only will wearing light colored clothes prevent the neighbors from calling the cops on you but it will allow drivers to see you more easily. Add reflective gear via clothes or reflective tape. 
  3. Be aware: leave those earbuds at home, they will only be a source of distraction when you should be paying attention to your surroundings. Wearing a headlamp will also
  4. Be proactive about your safety: Don't run in deserted areas, never leave the house without informing loved ones of the route you are planning to take or without a cell phone. The reality is scary, unthinkable things do happen. 
Do you run in the dark or do you take it to the gym?

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