After I wake up, I love to run in the morning first thing. There is nothing more amazing than being able to go outside and exercise before everyone is up and about their business. On the other hand some people like to run at night. No matter if it is morning or night, it is still going to be dark and you need to take certain safety precautions. Objects are obviously not as visible at night as they are during the day time.
Please read on for three very important tips to follow if you run when it is dark.
1. Run towards approaching traffic
If you are going to run you should stay away from areas that have heavy amounts of traffic. If you can find a place that you can run that doesn’t have too many traffic problems that would be the best option. No matter where you are running though, you should always run against the direction that the traffic is coming so that you can be sure that you see that traffic.
Keep your head up and be sure that you are paying attention to what is going on around you. You may come in contact with a cyclist or other runner on the road so it is important to be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.
2. Use A Safety Vest Or Bright Clothing
Have you ever been driving along and come upon someone walking or running wearing dark clothing and you could barely see them? This is one of the most important safety things to remember.
You need to make sure that you wear clothes that have reflective strips or you can wear clothes that are clothes such as white, yellow or orange.
White, yellow or orange clothes are more visible in the dark, which means that others are going to be able to see you better. If you can get reflective clothing or use reflective strips then that is even better. The reflective strips on your running shoes are good but generally not good enough. It’s better to be safe than sorry basically. Dark clothing at night = not visible.
3. Do Not Have A Pattern
It is important that you never get into a “groove” or a pattern. If you do there could be some weirdo that takes advantage of this. Unfortunately there is a bad street element and if a criminal finds that you follow a certain schedule then you could be putting yourself at a risk. If you want to be safer you should never follow the same route. This will reduce your chances of a possible mugging.
You should also make sure to carry your ID with you. You can take it inside your pocket or a shoe pocket. You always expect to have a safe running experience but it’s important to make sure you are prepared.
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