Most runners despair when the clocks change on the last Sunday of October. If you can’t fit in your runs around the usual 9 - 5, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up running in the dark.
Running in the dark
Running in the dark comes with pros and cons. There’s definitely something quite satisfying about being tough enough to brave the weather when the rest of the world is on the sofa, suffering the onset of cabin fever! On the flipside, running in the dark comes with some safety issues as the dark reduces visibility which means that accidents involving runners and vehicles increase.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t run. Heck no! It just means that you need to take certain measures to make sure that you stay safe. We’ve teamed up with ASICS to offer you a few ideas to stay super safe when running in the dark.
Update your wardrobe from top to toe
The benefits of a wardrobe update for the winter season comes with a few added benefits. All ASICS Winter apparel is tailor-made to battle the elements. The AW15 collection offers those technical features craved for in running apparel – ergonomic flatlock seams, wicking fabrics, mesh in crucial sweat zones – and then kicks it up a notch with 360 reflectivity. Go for a top to toe look with Jackets to tights.
Maximise your reflective gear with tonal reflective tapes, built into the ASICS apparel, keeping you safe on those night runs which are stylish too. Check out the ASICS Women's LiteShow Winter Jacket or ASICS LiteShow Winter Tight.
Why is hi-vis footwear so important?
Think low - low level lighting that is. Most headlights are angled down so having reflectivity on tights and footwear is a great way to make sure you are seen from all angles with low level reflectivity. The new autumn/ winter range from ASICS launches the GEL-Kayano 22 with 3M reflectivity on the side and heel clutch. They’re the perfect finish to your top toe to look.
Essential picks from the ASICS LiteShow range
The ASICS Elite jacket, lightweight with added reflectivity this is a ‘no brainer’ on night runs. Combine this with a half zip to keep hold of your running essentials and with added reflectivity and lightweight thermo-regulating fabric it will keep you warm on runs but not slow you down.
Don’t forget your running tights with 360 reflectivity allowing you to be seen at the front and back by low headlights. Then complete your look with one of the ASICS LiteShow shoes made for runners to be seen in the dark with stealth reflectivity so they look great in the daytime too!
Night running tips
Don’t forget that staying safe on a night run is your number one priority. Now that you have everything you need to be seen remember:
- Ditch the headphones
- Change your running route frequently but stick to roads you know
- Tell someone you are going out for a run and your route
- Run against traffic
- Run in areas with street lamps
Join a night run group! More and more have popped up for 2015 already. Why not try the National Trust? Their night series is a must if you love running in picturesque locations!