Running Safely in the Dark: Winter is Coming

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With the seasons changing, the length of daylight is getting less and less. In about a week we gain an hour as we “fall behind” but despite this, the days still get shorter! And if you work a first-shift job, you’ll likely be getting out when it’s dark already! Today I’m going to focus on running safely as the days get shorter and shorter.

Running Safely in the Dark

Unless you’re able to get up early before work and get your run in as it’s still kind of bright outside, you will likely have to run in the dark or semi-dark. With this comes the concern for safety. Can cars see you as you’re running down the street? What options do you have when it comes to visibility in the dark? And before you say you’re not concerned for safety, check out these stats:

  • In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.
  • More than a quarter (26 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m. (At night!)
  • The estimated lifetime cost of pedestrian and pedal-cyclist injuries in the US in 2000 is $40.4 billion.

Knowing these facts, I would say it’s a good idea to focus on safety and to make sure you are very visible to all motor vehicles as you’re logging your fall and winter miles.

Options for visibility in the dark

There’s a good amount of reflective gear out there to choose from. I’m going to break down a few options that I’ve successfully used to not only feel safe but to also be visible to others in the dark.

Click the images below to open the items in Amazon!

  • Reflective and/or Lighted Running Vest (This one is the best one out there and makes it look like you’re at a party!)
  • Lighted arm bands (I have these and love them!)
  • Clip-On lights. These are great for your shoes or your dog’s collar if your pup runs with you!

Stay safe out there!

I know the stats may seem surreal, but they aren’t. Pedestrian deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicles are increasing as well. Please invest in your safety and stay visible out there! It helps to remain safe and free of preventable injuries so you can run that next race, whether it’s a 5K, 10K, or a Marathon.

Comment below what your next race is and how you stay safe running in the dark.

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