As the nights get a little longer, running safely in the dark gets more and more crucial. As runners, it is important to balance enjoying your run and safety measures,
Here is a checklist to run through (no pun intended) to make sure you are optimizing your safety on runs:
- Run with a partner, friend, family member, or dog whenever possible. There is safety in numbers and you have someone to take your mind off the miles!
- Ditch your headphones, have one earbud in (low volume is best!), or better yet – join the AfterShokz squad like we have at Lonestar Footwear!
- Become as visible as possible. Thankfully the running gear gods have heard our cry and have started creating so many cool reflective and hi-viz options – from vests to leggings to headlamps.
- Run where people are around. Well lit trails, city areas (track, parks) – etc.
- Run against traffic – which is always the goal – where you are the most visible.
- Vary your running routes and timing.
- Pepper spray, other self defense stuffs
- Bring your cell phone and some form of identification.
- Always, always tell someone where you’re going.
- Never ignore your instincts.
No matter how many precautions you take, being present in your surroundings makes you better able to hear trouble if it comes knocking. Stay safe, friends!