Many runners despair when the clocks change on the last Sunday of October. If you can’t fit in your runs around the usual 9 to 5, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up running in the dark.
Running in the dark
There’s definitely something quite satisfying about being tough enough to brave the winter weather when the rest of the world is on the sofa, suffering the onset of cabin fever!
If you've got a big event like a marathon planned for springtime you might just need to get on with training through the darker months, whether you like it or not.
Many runners need to train before or after work. It's dark but it can be surprisingly peaceful, with fewer children and dog-walkers around than in the summer. You'll encounter other runners and exchange a nod or 'hello,' sharing a sense of camaraderie with anybody else who's still training.
If you're out early in the mornings or in the evenings, it's important not only to be able to see but also be seen. If there's no street-lighting, a head torch can light your way but you also need to make yourself visible to other road users. That's why ASICS has created Lite-Show.
Update your wardrobe with Lite-Show
The Lite-show Collection has all the features runners need in winter performance kit. The lightweight, breathable fabric, flatlock seams and ergonomic cut allow unrestricted movement and comfort. 360° reflective flashes have been placed exactly where they will get you noticed without compromising on style.
For colder temperatures, we love the Asics Lite-Show 2 Jacket. It's made from a wind and water repellant soft-shell fabric to protect you from the elements and there are large zipped pockets at the front so you can keep additional accessories with you. The cuffs fit nice and snug to keep out any drafts.
The Lite-Show 2 Winter Tight is another must to complete your winter wardrobe. Both the men's and the women's versions feature a soft brushed fabric to keep you warm and the zip at the ankle ensures a secure fit.
Lite up your feet
Why bother with reflective shoes? Most headlights are angled down so anything reflective on your feet and ankles will really stand out. Plus, your feet are constantly moving which means that if they're lit up you'll be even harder to miss.
ASICS have updated three of their most popular styles with a 360° reflective overlay that looks great any time of day but really stands out after dark.
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 Lite-Show shoes are the perfect winter shoes for neutral runners. The triple layer sole comprises of a FluidRide midsole, FlyteFoam bottom layer and a SpEVAFoam top layer delivering an increase in bounce-back energy return and a longer overall lifespan of the shoes.
Overpronators will love the Asics GT-2000 7 (Shine Pack). The forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning will keep you supported to the finish line.
If you're looking for high-comfort over long distances, you'll be pleased that the women's has also been given the Lite-Show treatment. FlyteFoam Propel combines lightweight cushioning with bounce back energy return at toe-off, helping to propel you towards your next PB
Night running tips
Don’t forget that staying safe on your 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 where you are going and how long you expect to be.
- Run against traffic.
- Run in areas with street lamps.