It means that we need to stay safe.
The best choice is to move your run to the now lighter morning hours. This is not plausible for everyone, though, so we've compiled a few safety tips for running in the dark. First, you need to take your route itself into consideration. In well-lit hours, a long scenic route is probably desired, but this would be inappropriate for a night run. It is best to map out a short route that is close to home. It needs to be an area that your are very comfortable in and one that your family is well aware of in the event of an emergency.
It means that we need the right gear.
When it comes to running in the dark, the right gear can protect you from harm and maybe even save your life. Passing vehicles and other onlookers NEED to be able to see you. That's why it is necessary to wear clothing and lights that call attention to yourself. The Brooks Running Vest pictured below is bright and reflective, making it a great option. This vest, an array of other neon clothes and accessories, and the flashing light selection below, are all in stock now!
It means that we need the right motivation.
After a long day at work, it's hard enough already to get out there and go run. Throw the darkness and the accompanying temperature changes into the mix, and a lot of runners fall out of their workout routines. Don't allow the winter to halt your progress!
For more information and suggestions for night running, click here.