Don't let the time change ruin your running routine! Now that Daylight Saving Time is about to kick in, running after sunset is likely unavoidable. With the right preparation and focus, you may even learn to enjoy the darkness.
Protect yourself and follow these 10 tips:
1. Choose the best lit route.
2. Stick to routes you know well but vary up your routine. Potential attackers notice consistency so don’t make yourself an easy target by always running the same route at the same time.
3. Wearing a headlamp will help light the way in the dark.
4. Clip on a flashing or strobe light of some sort. Green and yellow are the most visible colors.
5. Load up on reflective gear. There are so many options now. A reflective vest can be layered on top of anything. Also, check out our Reflective Runner Sweaty Bands!
6. Run with a group. There are so many running groups that meet several times a week and hit the road. We love seeing that camaraderie— and the mass of reflective gear and flashing lights is hard to miss! Plus there is always safety in numbers!
7. Ditch the headphones.
8. Always carry your phone with you and some sort of identification. A Road ID shoe tag is a great option.
9. Always run against traffic. It is easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming at you. And it's easier for them to spot you!
10. Follow your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right head in the other direction.
Night or early morning runs in the crisp air can be very invigorating. Don’t let the darkness push you away from your goals. Your consistency and dedication will be unwavering if you are well prepared!