Running every day and pounding the pavements on a long outdoor run is one of the most exhilarating ways to blow off steam at the end of a working day. But the nights draw in earlier, running in the dark can present a new set of challenges in itself. Heading outdoors on a winter evening can feel a little daunting, but the change in seasons should not put you off running altogether. A bit of smart thinking can help to keep you street safe.
Wear reflective gear
First up, think about your running uniform. Dark winter evenings can make you vulnerable to cars, even if you´re running on an adjacent path towards the traffic. Invest in some pieces that will help you to get noticed by oncoming vehicles in low-lit environments, which means plenty of reflective strips and colorful running clothes instead of the dark ones we tend to buy.
J. Carp Women's Windproof Cycling Windbreaker Jacket is perfect for windy days. The super lightweight material with its special weather-proof treatment keeps winds at bay. Equipped with a ventilation system in the back to ensure that you stay cool and dry. The front zipper is backed by a wind flap so there isn't any wind penetration especially on descents. It's also ideal for running, hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor sports.
Ditch the loud music
A great playlist can help to supercharge your run, but if you are running in the dark, you will need your ears to stay alert and aware of your surroundings – the last thing you want its to be caught off guard. If you do use headphones, keep the volume low so you can hear the sounds of car and other things.
Why a running watch?
You can buy the simplest fitness trackers to the latest GPS watches and heart rate monitors, running watches are designed to optimize and personalize your training to help improve your performance.
The running watch you choose will depend on your training goals and of cause your budget, but remember, to achieve your goals it is only your self discipline you can rely of - but it helps to have a good running watch + it is fun to keep track of your goals and how you are doing along the way.
This watch from Garmin Vivoactive 3 have a lot of features. The built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities.
Fits You and All You Do
You can take take this watch outside in all kinds of weather. Not only is it safe for swimming and showering, its Garmin Chroma Display is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and housed under extra-durable Corning Gorilla Glass. It also features the Side Swipe interface, which makes for quick scrolling and swift navigation of menus and widgets. Whether you scroll with your thumb or index finger, you can choose how to wear it. Comfortable, convenient and easy to see. You can do so many things with this watch - so it is more easy for you to read the review and see if this watch is for you...
Wear a headlamp
If parts of your run are not well-lit, its a good idea to take a head torch so you can always see the track ahead of you – you newer know when the ground might become unsteady. As well as safeguarding against potential trips and falls, it will also alert oncoming traffic to your presence.
Run with a friend or buddy
As the old saying goes, there´s safety in numbers. Running with a friend can boost your confidence during evening running, especially if you live in a quite area. If don´t have any pals to run in your postcode, try to find a running group so you always have a big bunch of people to join at night.
Always tell someone you are gong for a run
Staying safe starts with letting others know that you are leaving for a run in the first place. A simple text message to a friend or your family member before starting your route can help to act as an extra level of security when it is dark outside. Make sure to include details of the running route so that he people know where you are running and can expect what time you will be back. When back send a text message that you are back and safe.