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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Night Runner: 8 Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

I am on my holidays and this is a scheduled post - hopefully I am lying on a beach in Egypt right now. Or maybe a little bit of snorkeling in the red sea. That is if I have managed to get on the plane, I am petrified of flying.

So I have shamelessly stolen this post from Nike+ but I am crediting them for all their hard work.


So for any of you runners out there or folks thinking about running here's some night running tips.

Night Runner: 8 Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

There’s a certain thrill associated with running after dusk. It’s just you, your focus and the night. With the winter daylight quickly waning, more of us will be hitting the streets post-sunset. And, as they say, it’s always better to be safe than sorry—so be smart and follow these important 8 safety tips for nighttime running.

1. Brighter is Better
Make sure you can be seen. Avoid dark-colored clothing and opt for bright, high-visibility colors and special workout attire armed with 360-degree retroflective material. The Nike Vapor Flash Jacket, for example, features a laminated face that reflects light back to its source with minimal scattering for high visibility in low light settings—from every angle. For extra precaution, don a headlamp or blinking bike lights.

2. Hats On
Additionally, wearing a reflective hat will not only increase your visibility to others, but the brim will help also cut down on any blinding glares from headlights and street lamps.

3. Run Against Traffic
Remember that just because you can see a car doesn’t mean its driver can see you. Running against traffic will allow you to spot oncoming vehicles (and vice versa) earlier on. Also, try to make eye contact and acknowledge each driver as a precautionary measure to alert them to your presence, especially when crossing an intersection.

4. Know Your Routes
Traffic may not be your only danger: potholes and road hazards lurking in the dark could pose a risk as well. Study your courses ahead of time in broad daylight to assess road conditions and make mental notes until they become second nature. Create familiar routes that offer wide lanes, streetlights and safe sidewalks. Also, consider shorter tracks or even indoor alternatives for harsh weather days.

5. Change It Up
It may sound grim, but potential attackers sometimes study their victims’ running routes. Vary your courses enough to avoid repetitive patterns that can be tracked. Some runners even suggest jogging with a key in hand should you need to ward off an attack. Also, let a friend know your route or leave a note at home.

6. Unplug
While music can energize your run, it’s best to avoid wearing headphones at night. Silencing your surroundings diminishes your ability to hear sirens, a car horn, a voice or any other potential hazards you should be aware of.

7. Safety in Numbers
If possible, run with a buddy or in groups. A pack of reflective, bright-colored runners will be much easier for drivers to see and will leave you far less vulnerable. If anyone gets hurt, backup is a few paces away.

8. ID/Mobile phone
Lastly, always carry your phone and ID with you in case of emergency. It’s a simple but critical precaution that could save your life should you sustain an injury on your run. Invest in a waist pack to carry these indispensable essentials.

Stay safe with these tips and remember to exercise caution every time you exercise. Enjoy the night! 

Sam

1 comment:

  1. Nice tips. I always scared going in the dark streets because there you can't be sure what comes in front of you. Torch is okay but what if its battery dies on the way. The mere thought of it scares the hell out of me. Thanks Sammy for the article. I found it pretty interesting.

    Regards,
    Arnold Brame

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