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Running Tips - Safety Tips For Winter Running

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Running during the winter months means shorter daylight hours. This means that you will probably be out there running in the dark - whether you run in the morning or in the evening. There are some things that you can do to make sure that you are running smart - and safely. Read on to find out how to stay safe with winter running.

The first thing that you want to remember is to make yourself visible. Make sure that you are wearing reflective clothing, a reflective vest, reflective armbands or anything else that will make you visible to oncoming traffic. You may also want to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to be seen.

Another thing that you can do during these darker months is to try to run a route that goes though well lit neighborhoods or streets. I don't like to run on deserted, back country roads anyway - and you especially want to stay away from them when it's dark. In addition to oncoming cars - there will be wildlife out there in the early morning or evening hours. If you don't feel comfortable in an area - don't run there. Turn around and go back to wear you feel safe.

Many runners (myself included) won't go out the door for a run without their mp3 players. It's important with any run to make sure that you don't have the sound up so loud that you can't hear what's going on around you. This is even more vital when running when it's dark. You need to be aware of your surroundings.

Another thing that you want to do is to make sure that you are carrying some sort of identification with you. My choice is a RoadID wristband because I don't even know that I'm wearing it. But, you can also carry your driver's license with you. Personally, I don't like carrying a cell phone with me - but I know many runners that do. It makes them feel safer that they can call out if something happens.

Letting someone know your itinerary is another good idea. Let them know how long you plan on running, what time that you plan on being back and the route that you plan to take. This is also a good idea any time of the year. My husband has me call him when I get in the door any time that I'm going to be running more than an hour.

Running in the winter months when it's dark can be fun. Many nights (and early mornings) the moon is so bright that it makes for a very pleasant run. Just make sure that you are following the above tips and running safely!


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