In just 4 short hours The Professor and I will be on our way to Savannah for the Rock ‘n’ Roll MARATHON! If you want to track us, click here to get set up. I’ll be posting on Instagram throughout the weekend, so make sure to follow along with me there too! The gun goes off at 7am on Saturday and we’re hoping to be finished by 11:45. With the time change last weekend, we don’t have to worry about starting in the dark, which I’m happy about. I want to see every mile 🙂
SPEAKING OF THE TIME CHANGE… (terrible transition, I know)…
November is National Running Safety Month. With the time change, it’s been dark for both of our runs this week. I posted this on the blog 2 years ago, and I think it’s worth posting again (with some minor updates).
Running in the dark is dangerous for many reasons. Drivers aren’t looking for runners. Also, in the dark, it’s harder to see other dangers in the road such as potholes, branches, and slippery leaves. If you’re like me, you have no choice but to run in the dark mornings/evenings. With my new job, I have more opportunities to run in the daylight, but it’s still difficult to get away for a mid-day run. So, as your head out for your runs this fall, keep these tips in mind:
Obey all traffic laws & run against traffic
We’re all guilty of assuming the car will stop as we cross an intersection as we dart across. Crosswalks, especially the ones regulated by stop signs, are very dangerous for runners. Try to make eye contact with the driver so that you know they see you before crossing. We’ve been running near campus and I think it’s safe to say that drivers on a college campus are much worse at paying attention that the average driver. #IswearIwasnttextingofficer
When I lived close to my parents, I used to write their phone number on the back of my hand before I went on a long run by myself. This year, most of my runs have been with The Professor. A Road ID is on my Christmas list, but in the meantime, I need to get into the habit of carrying my license when I run alone. You could also write your name and phone number on the tongue of your running shoe.
If you’re like me, it’s easy to zone out while running. Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings. Also, leave the iPod at home when running in the dark (and light, honestly). You need to be able to hear traffic and other people who might be out on the road.
Power in Numbers
Schedule your run with a friend. Not only is it safer to run in a group, the conversation will make the run go by faster. If you don’t have a running buddy, ask a friend to bike next to you while you run. If you do have to run solo, make sure to let someone know what time and where you are running.
What are your tips for running in the dark?
What is your favorite reflective gear?