Podcast Ep. 327: Safety Tips For Running In The Dark
Workout Of The Week:
This week's workout is based off "Thruster Run" from the Granite Games!
And wow, it was tough!
Instead of double dumbbells, we went with a single.
But that also means we did the workout TWICE. Yea.. get ready to sweat.
18 Right Squat Thrusters
15 Left Squat Thrusters
12 Right Squat Thrusters
9 Left Squat Thrusters
6 Right Squat Thrusters
3 Left Squat Thrusters
Rest 5 minutes and repeat but start with the left arm this time!
What are some safety tips when running/walking in the dark?
This is a great question and I don't think I've ever talked about this on the podcast before!
I've always been an early morning runner... like around 5:15 am kind of early.
The sun is never out, at least for the first few miles.
So how do I stay safe and what are some important tips I recommend?
Tell someone where you are, what you're doing and roughly how long you'll be. Dan knows the days I run and roughly the area. He also knows how long it takes, so if he doesn't see/hear from me, I'll get a text asking "You okay?" I know not everyone has this level of accountability, but make sure SOMEONE knows what you're up to.
Don't do the same route every day. If it's possible, change how you get from point A to point B so you're not predictable to bad people. On this same note, make sure you know the area inside out. I had a strange incident happen and because I was so familiar with the area I was instantly able to change my route to feel safer.
Carry protection. I know it's upsetting we need to, but we do. I keep my key on a band around my palm. Not around my wrist. I have INSTANT access to it if needed. There are also safety tools made specifically for runners like the GO Guarded ring.
Light yourself up. Use a flashlight or reflective clothes to make sure you are easily seen. FWW listener sent this vest to me and it's perfect.
Run/walk on the side of the road if the area allows. In the dark, sidewalks are SO DANGEROUS. I've tripped more than once. Where I run, I'm able to stay on the road most of the time.
Don't get distracted or shut down any senses. Don't wear earbuds until the sun is up!
Be aware of other people. Their behaviors, speeds, etc.
Be smart. If the area gives you the creeps, it's for a reason. Don't try and be a hero. If it's sketchy, find another way to get where you want to go.
Listen to the podcast for my personal experiences on this!