Night Running Safety Gear Tips and Tricks
Let’s face it – nobody likes waking up early and going for a jog with a shower and work immediately to follow – although this might be refreshing, it is quite difficult to make it a habit. This is why most people opt for evening runs, somewhere between 6 and 7 p.m. Although this makes a lot of sense during the summer, seeing as how the sun sets later and the heat waves are long gone by this time in the afternoon, in wintertime, the sun is down before you’re back home from work and the drops in temperature can make motivation a problem. Well, here are some running safety gear tips and tricks.
While you might not be a running equipment enthusiast and while running equipment isn’t really necessary when it’s warm outside, professional equipment can do you a world of good when it really isn’t all that warm outside. This equipment goes a long way beyond running shoes – quality running shirts and sweatshirts are designed both with sweat absorption, as well as keeping you warm in mind. While you may not feel cold while you’re all hot and panting, if you’re one to turn jogging into walking towards the end of your running session, you can easily cause back problems for yourself, catch a cold and even pneumonia the day after your session. Going out of your pocket is greatly advised when it comes to equipment.
If your running trail is in part, or completely along a street, or maybe even the very street in question, you’ll have to keep a watchful eye on the oncoming vehicles. There is a reason why the rules of traffic dictate that you walk against traffic – you can see what’s coming. Running is no exception here – just remember to keep your head down once you see an approaching car, seeing as how headlights can temporarily blind you.
Headphones might not be such a good idea in nighttime. Although these are great motivators, many traffic accidents actually involve pedestrians wearing headphones, so you might be better off keeping them at home, at least during the winter months.
While you might see a car approaching you, this doesn’t mean that the driver will actually see you. Weather conditions can cause bad visibility and, even with proper headlights, a driver might not be able to see you – a short lapse in attention can prevent the driver from reacting quickly and grim things might ensue. Make sure, therefore, that you dress brightly, preferably in yellow, in order to avoid this danger. Additionally, if you want to feel even safer, get some quality reflective gear and ensure that you’ve done everything to keep yourself safe during your night runs.
Choose your routes carefully
All the mentioned advice can’t even compare to this one. Even if you follow all the previous advice carefully, you are still at risk of getting injured. This is why you should use every means to choose safe routes. Luckily, this has been made easy, through the power of the Internet. Simply use Google Earth, for example, to determine the best possible route for yourself.
If you can motivate yourself to go out jogging after work, when it’s cold and perhaps even slippery, there is no reason to ebb away from motivating yourself to make sure you remain safe on the track. Follow the mentioned advice and unleash your inner runner safely and responsibly.