10 Steps to Habit Change
I’ve recently had several member of Team AHB say that they have been running at night. Whenever a training plan calls for running several days per week, fitting your runs into daylight hours can be quite challenging. Add in the fact that sun set is around 4:30 PM now and that is a recipe for some dark running. Obviously, it is strongly recommended that you run in daylight whenever possible, but when that just isn’t realistic, here are some tips for staying safe.
- Be seen. Wear light colored clothing (white, orange, yellow) and add reflective gear such as a vest, ankle and wrist bands.
- See. Choose a well lit route when able and consider wearing a headlamp to illuminate your path.
- Avoid traffic. Do not run on roads with a sidewalk and run against traffic.
- Make sure you can hear. Do not wear headphones when running at night. By cutting off your ability to hear outside noises, you put yourself at increased risk to oncoming traffic, potential attackers, animals, etc.
- Run with a buddy. Whenever possible, use the buddy system. This will increase your safety, as well as your accountability! If you can’t get a buddy for a run, make sure someone knows what route you will be running and approximately how long you will be gone.
- Carry a cell phone so you will be able to contact emergency assistance if you need to.
- Carry identification. Carry an ID with emergency contact info or consider purchasing a Road ID. For a small investment, thislittle tag could literally be a lifesaver.
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Always remember, safety first!
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