Running at Night
As the days slowly start to get shorter and shorter, and your forced to start running at night when it is dark, it is a good time to get prepared so that you don’t make these mistakes.
Running at Night Mistake #1 – Running with traffic
Never run with traffic because you can’t see what’s coming behind you. If you run against the traffic, you can assess any oncoming danger and react faster. This one isn’t just for running at night either, don’t make this mistake anytime you hit the roads
Running at Night Mistake #2 – Not wearing reflective clothing
Wearing reflective clothing will help a driver see you better at night, why take chances? These days most outdoor running clothing contains some elements on it which are reflective, so if you haven’t updated your outdoor gear in a while, it might be time to start.
Running at Night Mistake #3 – Not using a headlamp or flashlight
Potholes, curbs, tree branches, uneven sidewalks. These are just some of the things that can cause you to trip and fall during a run, wearing a headlamp or using a small flashlight will help you avoid some scrapes, bruises and maybe even a trip to the emergency room.
Keep reading and find out what other mistakes are made when running at night…
Running at Night Mistake #4 – Not picking up your feet
As previously mentioned, you want to avoid tripping, falling and generally looking foolish, so, pick your feet up! A shuffling stride will lend itself more to the inevitable.
Running at Night Mistake #5 – Not telling someone where you are going
When heading out the door, leave a note or tell your wife/husband/roommate/etc where you are going running and your expected return time just incase anything should happen, they will be prepared.
Running at Night Mistake #6 – Not carrying ID
In the unfortunate event of an accident, you should have some ID on you, head over to Road ID and order one for you and anyone else in your family that runs, cycles, or any other activity where they may find themselves out in a remote place alone.
Running at Night Mistake #7 – Not carrying a cell phone
Not everyone wants to run with a cell phone, but with the availability of armbands for your phone, it makes it really easy, so don’t even think about it, just get yourself an armband and take the phone with you. If that one time that you need it comes up, you won’t regret it.
Running at Night Mistake #8 – Not using a well lit road
Choosing a dimely lit road to run on has a few risks, first, drivers may not see you, second, you may not see uneven cement, branches or other objects lying in the road, and finally, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to run into a stranger on a dimly lit road in the middle of nowhere….
Running at Night Mistake #9 – Not wearing a flashing light on your back
You’ve seen cyclists sporting these on the back of their bikes, it helps drivers identify you. Usually they can be adjusted for different flashing rates or no flashing at all. The Nathan Clip-On Deluxe L.E.D. Safety Strobe can be seen from up to 2500 feet away, and it clips on easily to any piece of clothing.
Running at Night Mistake #10 – Not wearing a reflective belt
Reflective clothing is good, but a reflective belt is BEST, so do as they do in the army and get yourself one of these reflect-a-life reflective belts and you won’t have any trouble being seen. Road ID also has a high visibility reflective belt for only 12.99
Running at Night Mistake #11 – Wearing headphones
Don’t wear headphones at night, you need to be aware of your surroundings, not only oncoming traffic, but other people in the area.
Running at Night Mistake #12 – Not running with a friend
As the old saying goes, there is safety in numbers, so grab a friend if you can, not only is it safer, but it makes the run go by so much faster! If you can’t find a friend to run with try finding a local running group. Most running stores will have group runs or be able to help you find some.
Running at Night Mistake #13 – Not being alert
Be aware of your surroundings, its easy to get lost in your thoughts or in conversation when enjoying a nice comfortable run, so try to be aware, listen for approaching people or cars, watch for stray dogs or skunks who may surprise you and try to stick to routes that are well let and frequented by other runners.
So the next time you are getting ready to go running at night don’t make these mistakes and be safe!