You know the feeling. When the alarm goes off at 5 a.m.. It’s dark and cold. All you want to do is hit the snooze button. And waiting ’til after work is no better. Yet, despite how much we may dread it, we get it done. Period. Because, after all, running is the gift that keeps on giving and one good run leads to another.
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And with that time of year now here, we’re offering our top advice for staying safe while running in the dark:
- The buddy system: Running with a friend and trusted training partner has multiple benefits. Accountability and motivation being a few, but having an extra set of eyes – and ears is always key. And, yes, we know that this may not be an option nowadays, as we continue to practice social distancing, but dogs count as running companions, too.
- Leave the earbuds at home: Yes, music, audiobooks and podcasts help our runs fly by, but being focused and attentive to any and all sounds is key when it comes to night-time running.
- Wear lights: Even if you are decked out in the brightest of colors, it is difficult for drivers to see you in the dark. Investing in reflective apparel and accessories is a must.
- “To the left, to the left”: No, these aren’t just catchy lyrics. The left is the side of the road you should be running on. While sidewalks are always the No. 1 option, if the road is your only choice always – day or night – position yourself on this side so you can see oncoming traffic.
- Trust your gut: If something doesn’t feel right, then trust those instincts. Resort to plan B and pick a more populated route, pick the treadmill or just head home.
Stay safe out there! We’ll see you out there not listening to music, in your reflective gear and running on the left side of the road. 😉