With the weather getting warmer many runners find themselves running more in the early morning or at night. The weather is cooler, and usually the perfect temperature. But, there are dangers that come with running very early in the morning and at night. Always take safety precautions if you are wanting to run at these times.
Safety tips for running at night or early morning:
- Wear a headlight, reflective clothing, or reflective strips/lights so that drivers (and other runners) can see you on the road.
- Run with others. Usually in the early morning hours and at night there aren’t as many people on the road. It’s always safer to have a fellow runner with you if something goes wrong.
- Wear an ID bracelet with contact information, or have some sort of ID on your body.
- Run against traffic. When you do this you are able to see what is coming at you and be more prepared to avoid oncoming traffic than if it is coming at you from behind.
- Don’t wear headphones. Although music helps a lot of us stay motivated while we run it can be distracting and dangerous if you are on the road. If there is an ambulance, or car honking their horn you may not be able to hear it.
- Change your route often. Potential attackers usually watch the routines of runners so that they can locate you when they decide to attack. If you are always switching up your running route/pattern this confuses an attacker and makes it harder for them to track you.
Dr. Merrill running in a relay last summer with his headlamp and reflective gear.
Even though these seem like small things, they are important to keep you safe while running on the road and in the dark. To read more about running tips and how to keep your feet and body healthy while running, check out this FREE BOOK offer from Dr. Evan Merrill. If you looking for a good podiatrist look no further than Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle. You can make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338 or request an appointment online.