We are rapidly approaching that time where it will be dark before we even leave work leaving us with no options to train in the daylight. With National Running Safety Month coming up, it is important to talk about runners safety and things you can do to remain safe and train effectively in the darker months.Here are some of the best ways to run safely at night.
You need to be visible to drivers while you are running and there are a few ways to do it effectively.
- Wear bright colors: The logic here is pretty straight forward, but if you are wearing bright colors you are more easily visible to drivers on the road.
- Utilize Lighting: UltrAspire has introduced their 3D Lighting which is a form of active lighting. Not only is this good for you to prevent injury and run more effectively in low light situations but you are very easily seen by drivers on the road.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Being seen is very important, but nobody can look out for your well being better than you. Know your surroundings and keep alert. If you have headphones in, be sure you can still hear what’s going on around you.
Carry Your Phone and Identification
When an emergency arises, it’s nice to have some form of communication. Take your phone with you on your runs and it’s always a good idea to carry identification. Choose gear that allows you to carry these things easily with quick access for those emergency situations.
Take the Right Gear for the Job
I’ve been told stories from those who go out on a quick trail run and underestimate the gear they should have taken. Carry enough water, I can’t say this enough. It is better to have leftover than to run out and I have heard so many people who have ran out and had some close calls while trying to get back. Choosing a pack or waist belt that has the capacity to hold enough water is crucial.
Throughout this next month we will be sharing the best gear to keep you safe, seen, and carrying what you need. We are entering the darker months, stay safe!