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Running in the Dark
Posted: November 2, 2011
1. Be cautious about where you run and be aware of your surroundings at all times on the roads and trails.
2. Wear reflective gear including safety vests and reflective clothing
- Run against traffic or on the sidewalk if possible (watch those driveways!)
- Don't wear headphones while you run in the dark. You've already lost quite a bit of your sense of sight and cannot afford to lose your sense of hearing as well!
- Assume that no one else on the road or trail is going to be looking out for you. Play it safe and look out for yourself.
- Consider reflective gear on the roads AND trails. Collisions on the trail with bikes or people do happen and are dangerous as well.
3. Lights are your BEST visibility tools.
- Wear bright colors with reflective pieces (you are 5x more visible in neon than in black)
- Brooks and Saucony both have great reflective clothing, Nightlife and Viz-pro, but clothing isn't enough.
- Look for vests and other reflective pieces (armbands, hats, etc) that have information on their packaging about "feet of visibility." You want something with at least 1200 feet of visibility to give a driver enough time to react to you.
- LED lights have 2x visibility vs. other reflective pieces (2,500 feet or ~1/2 mile)
- Headlamps are good to help see the trail/road and also great for visibility. When on a trail, face the light down so you don't blind other runners.
- Even if you use a headlamp, put an LED light on your back side to give visibility to those coming from behind
Have questions? Come by Rogue and talk to one of our staff members!