Daylight savings bit me big time this week when I set out to do a long run from home. Typically the glow of the gym’s florescent lights illuminate my path, but outside at 5:30 AM it’s o’dark thirty. Although it was hard to see at times, it was actually a fantastic run. The streets were quiet, you could see people starting to wake up, and it’s rewarding to know that you are out there hoofing it while others are all warm and cozy under the covers.
To keep you safe and on pace, here are a few things I advise.
- Remember the basic principle: Although you see them, doesn’t mean they see you.
- Wear bright: Duh. I mean it’s dark, drivers on the road are probably tired and aren’t paying full attention. Make sure to wear white or another color that helps you stand out. All major sports stores carry reflectors for cheap.
- Silence is Golden: I know many of us love to run with our tunes, but if you are carrying your iPod please keep the volume low. Sure you may see the car lights, but you need to be alert to all your surroundings. I almost bumped into another runner because I couldn’t see him coming around a bend. Animals are also lurking, so lookout!
- Route it out: Your typical running path might be great during the day, but I found my route was missing streetlights on an entire stretch. For safety, try to have alternate well-lit plans. Be extra careful at crosswalks, I can’t tell you how impatient drivers were. I also found that running on the side of the street was easier to navigate, since sidewalks can have hidden bumps and slants that are harder to see in the dark.