5 Tips for running in the Dark! 🌒👀
Now its getting darker its time to get prepared here's some top tips from us on how to stay safe!
1. Be aware of your surroundings
It's all too common these days to run with music, and in normal light thats fine as your eyes can do most of the work.
However in the dark it's a different story. Limited vision means that you need an extra level of awareness. So if you can run without music, if thats a bit too much then look to swap to some bone conducting earphones so you can still hear your surroundings.
If that's not an option? Then turn your music down so you can hear passing cars.
This is the one you were expecting I bet!
But actually it's often overlooked especially if you go out in the light and it gets dark whilst you're out.
Swap out your t-shirts for ones with Hi-Viz strips. or pop some arm lights on so you can be seen clearly. You could even pop on a lightweight high viz bib.
3.Light the way
I'm sure you've seen them, groups of running clubs running around all glowing with their head torches on and chest torches on.
It's a sensible decision, this handy gadget doesn't just help you light the way but it's another way to be clearly seen as you run along.
If you're not a fan of the head torch you can opt for the chest torch which although doesn't point in the direction you're looking. This isn't too much of an issue if you're running along the roads.
We've got lots of options on the site just click here to see them.
4.Communication is key
Always make sure that before you go out you tell someone where you're going if you can. This helps people know where to go looking for you if you're in an accident. After all.. they do happen.
There are various apps these days to help with this whether its live location on your WhatsApp chat or a function on your watch its easy enough.
You could always arrange a socially distanced run with someone from your local running club so you're not running solo.
There's safety in numbers.
5. Take your phone
So maybe you don't want to tell anyone you're going running. Whats the next best?
Ensuring you have some form of communication on you is pretty key.
If you twist your ankle or fall down somewhere you need to be able to get to help without moving and what better than your phone.
Grab a phone holder or discreet bag here
Top tip to end on - Trust your self, if a route or decision doesn't feel right, turn the other way or go somewhere else.