These Are My 5 Tips For Running In The Dark
Let’s be honest, there’s something thrilling, exciting even about running in the dark. I hope it goes without saying we do not want to be running where it’s pitch black out with absolutely no light around, but I and I’m sure many of you, enjoy running at night, when the sun is long gone and street lights point our way!
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Why I Came Up With 5 Tips For Running In The Dark
It came to me the other night, while……yes you guessed it, running in the dark. I noticed that my senses were peaked and my awareness was higher than usual. I also noticed a slight tinge of fear for the unknown and all the possibilities that come with running at night. Yes it was thrilling but it also got me thinking to my uncle, an avid running addict who has been sidelined for a bit due to a recent injury. Funny side note, he lives in the same neighborhood as me, and the other week he saw me running by his house and he got so jealous that he strapped his running shoes on and went for a run. My aunt, his wife told me he complained all the rest of the day about the pain in his hip!
Knuckle Lights Help With Running In The Dark
But back to the story at hand, it got me thinking of my Uncle because although he usually ran at night because of work, and he did it quite well, there were two incidents were in he got pretty badly hurt! One where he did not see an object on the street and he tripped over it and got scuffed up pretty bad, and although he healed, his Garmin was permanently scratched. Another incident he almost got ran over and in trying to dodge the car also fell and hurt himself(lol)! So while running in the dark the other night and thinking of my Uncle I realized that there were 5 things that I do when running in the dark that I could offer as 5 tips for those who choose to run in the dark, or better said at night.
My 5 Tips For Running In The Dark
1. Do Not Daydream – Although I preach and I practice visualization when running, I truly suggest against it when running in the dark and at night. I feel as though when running at night your senses have to be at their sharpest and your mind has to be in the moment and no where else!
2. Put The Volume Down – I will always choose to run with music playing in my ears, that’s just me I love it, running is my enjoyment time and music is part of it! With that being said, at night the volume is almost half of what it normally is when running during the day. This ties in with tip number one, because it makes sure I am alert and not just watching everything around me, but listening as well.
3. Run In Areas You Know By Heart – Unless you’re running on a track at night, which quite frankly is probably the best place to run at night, you should only run at night in places you run normally during the day. Places and routes you’ve ran hundreds of times, where in you memorize the cracks in the road or the turns in the trail.
4. Run Laps Around Shorter Distances – What I mean by this is rather than running one long route to accomplish your mileage goal for the night, run that same amount of miles in laps around short distances of about a mile or even less. When I run at night I run in my neighborhood and I run on the exact same streets doing a makeshift track, where in each lap is about 1 to 1.25 miles.
5. Let Someone Know You Are Out Running At Night – This is very important. Let someone you know, anyone, that you are out running at night and about how long it should take you to finish and around what area you are running. Never mind your privacy or your independence, your well being is of utmost importance.
In the end there were a few safety tips that I felt were common knowledge and did not need to be mentioned. Safety tips such as wearing reflectors, bright reflective clothing and shoes, and running in areas that have at least SOME form of lighting. I felt that I needed to give some tips that perhaps you had not thought of, or where too proud to do so yourself. Running at night is thrilling, exciting, and a great change of pace. And hopefully you can use at least one of the tips above to provide a more secure and enjoyable running experience.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!
Are you a night runner, or do you strictly run in the day? If you do run at night and in the dark how do you stay safe? Where are your favorite places to run at night? Your comments are greatly appreciated!
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