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(Dec. 10, 2019) — Winter is just around the corner, our days are getting shorter and our nights are getting longer. If you are an active runner, you are probably forced to go running in the dark, regardless of whether you like to jog early in the morning or in the afternoon. Although running at night has its own benefits (say goodbye to late-night snacks), there are some things you need to keep in mind if you want to stay safe. After all, you can never be too careful, especially if you are a woman running solo.

Get bright and reflective clothing

If you want to stay safe and you prefer to run on the side of the road, it is highly important that you wear reflective clothing. Otherwise, drivers won’t be able to see you on time and accidents could occur. Luckily, there are so many reflective clothing pieces, from leggings to sweatshirts and jackets. You can even buy reflective running shoes, so click here to find out more.

Carry lights with you

You don’t have to look like a coal miner with a huge light strapped to your forehead, but holding a flashlight or even your phone will help you become more visible to drivers, as well as illuminate your path while running. Nowadays, almost every phone has that flashlight feature, so just remember to charge it before you head out the door.

Choose the left side

Again, if you prefer to run on the side of the road, and not in your local park or someplace else, make sure you stick to the left side. This way you will be facing traffic and be able to move out of the way of oncoming cars. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see if a car is coming your way, and you will put yourself in even greater danger if you are wearing headphones. Speaking of…

Don’t listen to music

Maybe this sounds disappointing, especially if you have your personal playlist of songs that get you going and give you the motivation you need to reach the finish line. However, in the dark, you need to rely on all of your senses, and since you are already not able to see properly, you should not make things worse by preventing yourself from hearing any potential dangers. Therefore, leave your headphones at home.

Stick to the well-lit areas

If you have ever watched an episode of CSI or even a horror movie, you surely know that running all by yourself in a poorly-lit part of town is a recipe for a disaster. Maybe you have your favorite running trail, but if no one runs there except you and you can barely see where you are going in the dark, go someplace else or you will be a sitting duck for someone who wants to attack you. Simply stick to busier roads and you will be safer.

Get a running buddy

Do you really have to run alone? Having a running buddy will greatly reduce the chance of someone attacking you. Not only will you have an extra pair of eyes and ears to stay on the lookout for anything weird, but you will also have someone who will motivate you to exercise regularly.

Keep your eyes open

It is so easy to let your mind wander when you are running, but when you are jogging in the dark, pay attention to everything that is going on around you. If your gut is telling you that something is off, move away from the potential danger quickly. Maybe you will seem a little bit paranoid, but it is always better to be over-cautious than seriously injured or worse.

It is always better to be safe than sorry, so consider these tips the next time you go running at night.

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