Well I live in Boston, this means 90% of my runs will now be taking place under the cloak of darkness.
I got used to running in the dark last winter when I fell in love with running. I really do not mind running in the dark, actually I enjoy it. But I do have a few tips to help stay safe while doing it.
-First, I always wear my Road ID but especially when running at night. It is a tiny bracelet that has my name, dob, and emergency contacts. This way if anything happens people know who I am and who to call to help me. It also has my mantra engraved on it "never give up" I figure it is perfect because I do not want the emt's to give up on me either ;)
-I wear a reflective running singlet. Now Last winter I had a shirt with reflective tape type stuff on it. It worked but it was a pain in the ass washing it all the time. Then T put it in the dryer by accident and melted some of the paint. You get the idea, it simply did not last lol. But I found something at my local running shop that is absolutly perfect. I am in love with it!
amazon cheaper too.
-I also got a blinking light that has 3 options to blink slowly, rapidly, or stay on steady. It clips anywhere and is light. Again I do not even realize I am wearing it when it is on.
It is nice and bright and I feel safer when I am wearing it. I am also wearing a neon shirt, I found these at Target on clearance for $3.75!!! I bought 2 ;) I cannot resist a clearance running sale hehe
So to run at night it is all about safety. I make sure I am easily seen, remember to stay on the well lit sidewalks when ever possible. If I have to go on the street without sidewalks I make sure I am facing the oncoming traffic, this gives me time to see what is ahead and for cars to see me sooner.
A night run can be fun when you are properly outfitted with the correct gear.
What do you use to run in the dark?