Published on October 16th, 2018 | by Start Fitness0
Bright Ideas For Running In The Dark
January is HERE! Whether you’re looking to get in better shape this year or just improve on last years fitness performance – running is a great way to kick-start your 2019.
With darker nights well and truly upon us, sometimes the only option is to run at the end of the day. It can be a great way to clear your head and some runners actually prefer running in the dark as it can allow you to focus.
Night-time running can be a little riskier than running during the day. There are a few things you need to do to ensure you’re safe. With that in mind, our Start Fitness experts have five tips for running in the dark!
1. Buddy up!
Running in the dark can feel a little lonely by yourself, finding someone not only means the time will pass quickly but it also means you’re safer too. If something does happen during your run then it’s best to have someone there to help! It also means you’re more visible to drivers. When running in the dark, two is better than one.
2. Stick to routes you know
Sometimes when you’re out on a run, it can be tempting to go off the beaten track. Doing this in the dark can bring a sense of vulnerability and the last thing you want to do is get lost and find yourself in a bad neighbourhood. So, stick to what you know or if you’re bored of those same routes we recommend trying any new route in daylight first. Be safe out there people!
Also, if there’s no pavement on your route, keep to the right-hand side of the road with the traffic coming from in front of you, not behind you. This is something you should be doing in daylight anyway but it’s a must for running in the dark. The same goes for crossing roads with sharp bends, if you see a bend coming up and you need to cross the road to continue your run then you should do this well before the bend.
3. Leave your headphones and take your phone
Runners can find it hard to motivate themselves without music, but night runs are different. They offer a sense of motivation that differs from daytime running. When others are sitting in watching TV, you’re out on a run and working hard. That sense of pride should give you all the motivation you need!
Now, just because you’re leaving the headphones at home doesn’t mean you should do the same with your phone. Our team recommend you take your phone on all of your runs anyways, but especially for runs in the dark. It’s just an extra safety measure to make you feel more comfortable if you encounter any problems out on your run.
4. Take this time to improve your tekkers
Like we said, running in the dark can give you better focus. There’s less around to take your mind off the run, this allows you to really concentrate on your running technique. Is your knee lift high enough? Is your cadence quick enough? Use this time to better your technique.
5. Be seen!
When running in the dark you MUST wear reflective clothing, our team cannot stress this enough. It’s all good being able to see the cars on the road but they need to be able to see you too!
Reflective clothing is a great place to start and Start Fitness have a fantastic range of gear – check out the range here.
But why stop there? Head torches and LED armbands are great too! You may feel like a Christmas tree, but you will certainly be visible. Plus running with a head torch feels like you’re on a proper adventure! Check out our light range here.
Darker nights are here and winter is certainly coming but that doesn’t stop us! Keep running, keep training, keep improving!