Since we changed the clocks back a few weeks ago, it gets dark here around 5 PM. This does not give me much time to run when it is still light outside. Since I am not a morning person, I have to wait to run in the evening after my husband gets home. On my run the other night, I almost got hit by a car. I run the sidewalks in my neighborhood. I was coming up on a house when I saw a women quickly leave the house and jump into a car. I keep running by the house while the she started the car. Just as I was passing the driveway, she through the car into reverse and almost hit me. Scary! This got me thinking, was I being as safe as possible when I run at night?
Here are a few tips I have come up with to keep us safe when we run at night:
· Run in a place that is well light so you can see other and they can see you.
· Be visible. Consider wearing bright colors, clothing that reflects light or even a head lamp or flashlight.
· Carry a cell phone.
· Leave the music at home. Limiting your hearing will put you at a disadvantage when it comes to hearing cars, dogs, other runners or any other potential harm.
· Follow your instincts. If you feel unsafe at any time, trust your gut and return to a safe place.
· Vary you time and route. Don’t make yourself any easy target.
· Run with a buddy if possible.
· Run on sidewalks to put as much space between you and drivers as possible.
· Carry identification, such as a Road ID.
Do you have any other tips for running at night? What time of day do you prefer to run?
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Posted, 2011-12-06 20:11:37
Assume the folks in the cars can't see you, even with a vest. They could be on cell phone, or just not paying attention. Maintenance runs during the week, long runs in daylight on weekends. It will get lighter and lighter after tomorrow Dec 21.
Great tips Amy! I run with the York Road Runners Club on Wednesday nights and here are some strategies I use to stay safe. If I approach an intersection with a stopped car I run behind the car instead of in front, no mater how bright or reflective I am. If I must cross in front of a car I make eye contact with the driver to make sure I am seen. When in doubt stop running and let the car go first.