What safety precautions do you take so you’ll feel safe when you are out (exercising or whatever) by yourself in the dark?
Hey! This is my first ever reader-submitted Friday Question! Do you think I should ask for some reader suggested Friday Questions?
Jess from Three Men and a Mommy just had her second son and is already training for a half marathon – the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon on June 23 – the same one I am running with Anne – woot woot, blogger meetup!
Oops. Got a bit off track there.
Jess emailed me saying that with a new schedule with two kids, she finds herself running very late or very early, in the dark. And she doesn’t feel 100% safe despite telling her husband her exact route, and when she’ll be back. So! She asked what I do to feel feel safe running in the dark (which I have actually come to strangely prefer). What about you?
What I do to feel safe running in the dark
- Always run with my cell phone
- Use a tracking app on my phone so my husband knows where I am at any exact moment. I use Glympse, which Erin recommended to me last year.
- Wear a form of ID – I wear a ROAD ID
- Be as reflective as hell – reflective hat, vest, tights, bracelets
- Wear a headlamp and other lights
- Stick with well-lit courses
- Run by homes – not on trails
- Run on the sidewalk if possible
- Don’t wear headphones
- Run with someone (if possible)!
- Have ninja skills
Things I don’t do but know other people do to feel safe running in the dark
- Carry pepper spray
- Know self defense
- Run loops that keep you close to home (if it won’t make you crazy)