If you’re running in the dark, it’s important to stay safe and seen. Here are some suggestions:
Ditch the headphones.
Headphones are great for drowning out noise, but that can be unsafe if you’re running in the dark. It’s best to have your hearing at peak performance if visibility is going to be an issue.
Stay on a familiar route.
Jessica Chambers, Brooks Northern California/Reno Guru, prefers to run in the dark but stresses knowing your route. “Running at night is so peaceful. It's the perfect way to end my day, but it's important to pick a path I'm familiar with. I'll always run the path during the day at least once to get the lay of the land.”
Wearing a headlamp or using gear that keeps you visible is an essential part of running in the dark. While you may be able to see cars, bicyclists, or other moving dangers, they probably can’t see you if you’re running without some sort of light source.
Bring a buddy.
Running with a friend might be tricky during COVID-19, but staying two metres apart and being outdoors mitigates risk. Using the buddy system while running in the dark is much safer than going alone. At the very least, bring Fido along if you’re lucky enough to have a pup that enjoys the run.
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