Tips for Running at Night

Oh, Daylight Savings! The time of year when you can now see on your way to work, but have to leave immediately after work to have any chance of getting in some outdoor exercise. So if you’re planning to get in any dusk or night runs, make sure to consider the following tips from active.com. And, if I may, let me add another important tip: Run with a friend!

1. Bring a light.
Whether you prefer a headlamp, a chest lamp, or a handheld flashlight, bring something along to light your way. Headlamps are great because the beam follows wherever you look. Some people do not like running with headlamps because of the shadows they can create. If this is the case, use a light source at waist level.

2. Be visible.
Always try to be seen, especially if you are running where there is vehicular traffic. When running trails, don’t forget about the mountain bikers. They enjoy the trails after dark as well. Almost all running gear these days include reflective patches. Ensure yours does. If not, consider running in a reflective vest.

3. Know the route.
It’s easy to get confused and disoriented when night running. Some areas may seem familiar and then completely alien a few minutes later. Try running your route during the daytime, paying attention to markers that you can identify in the dark. Another option is to run the route with someone who is familiar with it.

4. Lift your feet.
The shadows caused by flashlights and headlamps can throw off your depth perception, causing some people to trip and stumble. Practice lifting your feet with every step until it comes naturally.

5. Leave the music at home.
You want to stay alert during your night runs and headphones can distract you. Your sense of sight is already impacted, so you want to use your sense of hearing as much as possible. Night running is about feeling primal, being one with nature, and listening to your body’s movements. Get the most out of your experience by staying aware, alert, and calm.

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