There’s no doubt that early morning running is dark and scary! However, it needs be done because I know myself and know I won’t run after work unless it’s an absolute must! While I was making the 4:45am trip to the gym during the winter months, I switched to running after work once the times changed which was a total mistake. I struggled to get back into a morning routine until a few weeks ago. My training suffered due to inconsistency and lack of motivation. Now that things are movin’ & groovin’, I decided before heading back to the gym again that I need to take advantage of these beautiful fall mornings before it gets too cold out!
the perks of early morning running -> Good Morning Sun
Whether you’re an early morning or evening runner, these tips should be useful to you!
- Wear Bright/Reflective Clothing – stand out when you run! As flattering as black is, neon colors & whites are easiest to see in the dark & that is what’s most important!
- Wear/Carry Lights – anything to help get you seen! There’s so many options such as a head lamp, using your cell-phone flashlight, knuckle lights, a reflector vest with LED lights, etc. I’ve been using this vest, a head lamp, and my phone flashlight. Check these out for when it gets colder outside!
- Choose a Well-Lit Route – not only does this help with making you seen but it always helps you see where you are going! It’s a little less scary, too.
- Vary Your Route – Run a few different routes and switch up the your routine. Potential attackers pick up on consistency which really freaks me out. For extra protection, consider carrying pepper spray on you
- Turn Off The Tunes – Listening to music tends to be a distraction and reduces awareness of your surroundings. You might not be able to hear a car beeping, a bicyclist coming up behind you, a potential attacker… If that doesn’t work for you (it doesn’t for me because I end up freaking myself out more making things up in my head..), try leaving an earbud out as well as lowering your music.
- Run Facing Traffic – in case you need to jump out of the way of car that may not see you! Also, try to run on the sidewalk as much as possible.
- Run With a Buddy – There’s strength and safety in numbers. If you’re like me, you may have trouble finding someone who wants to hit the streets with you at 5am. So, if you’re running alone, let someone know when you’re heading out the door, the route you plan on running, and approximately how long you think you’ll be out there.
- Always Carry ID – just in case something happens, carry your license or another form of ID.
What’s your best tip for running in the dark?