Posted on December 18 2018
With Christmas fast approaching, winter is now properly upon us with darker evenings and colder temperatures. Yet, runners remain dedicated to their training and are still pursuing their goals through the winter season.
Running during winter often means running in the dark before or after work which can present several things to watch out for.
Rediscover your inner-strength by reading the following top five tips that will get you running during those cold and dark nights this winter.
Wearing a head torch and high visibility vest are two great accessories to add to your running gear – you may be able to see a vehicle, but the vehicle may not be able to see you! The torch will also provide extra light on the path ahead.
If you able to run at dusk (when it is not so dark) then wear bright, colourful clothing to draw attention to yourself. Our Flare Leggings are perfect to add that extra bit of high vis to your style.
AVOID LOUD MUSIC
While fitness technology constantly develops, devices such as Apple AirPods make it easier than ever to listen to our music when running. However, a study by the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore demonstrated runners who wore headphones have been increasingly involved with car collisions over the past six years. Listening to music limits your awareness – either keep the volume low or listen with one earbud
If you are less visible in the dark, it might be wise to run without headphones completely (unless the route is well lit) so you can always be aware of vehicles.
RUN WITH A FRIEND OR GROUP
As well as motivating and keeping you company, running with friends maintains your safety and increases your visibility. Is this the time to try out a local running group?
TAKE YOUR PHONE
Clothing such as Tikiboo’s are designed so that you can take your phone with you when exercising. As well as being able to track your routes through modern apps such as Strava, carrying your phone provides you with a way to contact someone if needed.
TURN OFF YOUR HOME’S HEATING!
Sound odd? Think about it carefully… walking back into a cold house after a day’s work may not be too appealing, but encourages you to get outside and warm up by running!