November is National Runners Safety Month. To kick things off we want to offer a few tips to keep up your running as it starts to get dark earlier and earlier (we hate it too!). Here are a few tips for staying safe while running in the dark.
1. Let Someone Know
Before you take off, tell a friend or family member you are going for run. It is a good idea to let them know the route, distance, and how when you expect to be back.
2. Run Bright
Runners are hard to see in the dark and can be easily overlooked by distracted drivers. A combination of reflective clothing/gear and bright LED lights will help you stand out. Be sure to put lights at different height levels and on moving body parts, so you won't be mistaken for a stationary object on the side of the road. Need help? We have a lot of gear to light you up like a Christmas tree!
Also - stop in and get a good running headlamp so that you can avoid tripping and getting injured.
3. The More the Merrier
Find friends to run with or meet up with a running club. Running in numbers is safer than running alone, and more fun! Trying to get away from the humans in your life? Take your dog! Check out the reflective, hands-free Stunt Puppy leashes in our stores that make running with your best friend safer and easier.
4. Take your Phone and ID
Taking a Drivers License, Road ID, or other identification is always a great idea. You should also take your cell phone "just in case". Better yet - check out the Wearsafe Tags in our stores... they are a must have if you run alone!
5. Look Before You Cross
We tell this to children all the time, but it is equally important to remember this as runners. Often times drivers pull beyond stop signs and look right past runners to see if other cars are coming. Before you cross, make eye contact with the driver and make sure they see you. When you know it is safe, cross the street and give the a friendly wave - after all we know runners are the friendliest people :)