Do you ever run at night?
Yes. Less frequently now that my headlamp is MIA, but yes. It was very convenient in the winter when it was dark for maybe 16 hours out of the day here. Ugh.
If you’re looking for tips for running at night, I have a few:
- Wear reflective gear - I shouldn’t have to explain this. Even if you’re not running in the street, cyclists and other pedestrians should also know of your presence. Bright clothes (neons, whites) are also good if you have no shiny toys.
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you “should” be back - Also common sense. I’m not going to say that bad stuff doesn’t happen in the daytime as well, but it’s more likely at night when you are less aware of your surroundings. You may also want to ditch the headphones: it’s better to hear the possum mama coming than step on her. My rabbits used to have free-range of my room and I would accidentally step on them at night all the time when I was wandering to the bathroom. You’d think animals would run from your footsteps, but occasionally this isn’t the case.
- Headlamps can be your best friend - I usually wear mine over a baseball hat so that the heavy light rests on the brim and won’t whack me in the nose as it slides down my sweaty forehead. The motion of the light can make you nauseous though, so try to take a break from looking directly through the beam of the light every few minutes. Handheld lights are harder to use with your natural running arm-swing, but use ‘em if you got ‘em!
- Lift your feet a little higher - Even if it’s a route you’ve run a million times, you will probably trip over that sidewalk crack you manage to avoid in the daylight. This will help you avoid dumb mishaps.
- Take well-lit routes - Do I need to talk about this? Or don’t, whatever floats your boat.
Hope that helps, safe travels :)