Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, I'm finding it harder to run outside. My window of running between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. no longer works because it's now dark at that time. I'll only run in the dark if I'm with other people in a well-lit area. If I can't do that, I try to rearrange my schedule so that I can run at lunchtime or I'll jump on the treadmill in the evening.
What about you? If you absolutely have to run in the dark, or even at dusk or dawn, here are some tips to stay safe:
Choose a well-lit route. It might not be your favorite route to run, but the most well-lit, populated route is your safest choice. Oncoming cars see you better, and you'll always be able to see the road and avoid potential hazards.
Run against traffic. It's easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming. Don't run on busy roads and those with no shoulders or sidewalks.
Be visible. Wear white, yellow, or orange clothes, but that's not enough -- you must have reflective gear on. Although some items (running shoes, jackets) already have reflective pieces on them, it's good to add a reflective vest over your shirt or jacket. I know some runners who run with a flashlight in their hand. A headlamp is also a great item for runners who do a lot of early morning or evening runs.
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