BE SAFE AND BE SEEN: ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR RUNNING AT NIGHT
Why do we run outside at night? Well, for one we love Rhode Runner group runs, some of which happen at night. We also find that in some cases we have no other option due to work commitments, or in other cases it may be the only time when our friends are available. Running at night can also be calming and meditative, or perhaps the reason we run outside at night is because we just can’t stand the treadmill.
If you find yourself out on the roads, how do you make sure that cars, cyclists, pedestrians...even dogs, can see and avoid you? Here are a few ways to ensure that you stay safe and are seen, using some essential gear for running at night.
1. Take a cue from the cars themselves and wear a headlamp.
Hey, if it works so well for drivers then why can’t it work for you?
Some of the benefits of headlamps are:
Easy to strap on and stay on
Positioned high up on the body and very visible
- Adjustable - both the strap, the light intensity and the angle (see photo below)
2. Wear a light on your body that also acts as a headlamp.
3. Wear a reflective armband.
4. Wear a reflective vest over your running gear.
5. You can also wear gadgets on your running shoes.
Shoe accessories such as the Nathan LightSpur LED footlight and the Night Runner shoe light can also keep you safe while you run at night by providing another option for night visibility. The battery-powered LightSpur slips onto the heel of your shoe, while the rechargeable Night Runner light attaches above your shoelaces. Two great options for lightweight, unobstructive accessories for running, walking or even cycling.
Check out this cool video to see how the Night Runner 270 helps you stay visible during your run.
Make this your best winter of running yet, and make sure to be safe and be seen with any number of these essential items for running at night.
Run better. Run smarter. Run for life.