A few weeks ago after an early morning run, I posted this on Instagram.
All jokes aside, running in the dark is one of my biggest fears. I always feel like I’m conquering something when I go out for a run in the dark… and then another part of me feels like I’m dumb and I should probably just go back home and run on my treadmill.
Our neighborhood is fairly safe, but still- my nerves.
Before I go out I grab the three things:
- My reflective belt (so that people can see me)
- My shoe pouch (because I need a place to put my keys) &
- My slim band (which I try to never leave home without because it has my emergency info on it)*
The first item is the most important things for me when I’m running in the dark. We don’t have very many street lights in our neighborhood and surprisingly, there are a lot of cars on the road at 5 am, so making sure that I can be seen is important.
My husband hates that I go out at all. I thought that getting a treadmill would be the answer the my problems of needing to run before work, but really I miss being outdoors. I miss the fresh air, I miss my feet hitting the pavement, I like not feeling confined to my garage.
Now, I’m not saying that the treadmill was a horrible purchase, because it gets a lot of use, but sometimes- just sometimes I want to be outdoors.
I also feel like the fear of someone attacking me (or a coyote or a rabid raccoon) shouldn’t be enough to keep me in the house- am I wrong for that?
I know common sense is a factor that should come into play here, but sometimes I guess, I like to tuck it in my back pocket (along with my paranoia).
Running before work is amazing. Do I love getting up at 5 am when my alarm goes off? Hell no. Do I ever regret the run when it’s done? Absolutely not. It gives me a boost that when paired with caffeine can usually set me up to have a great day, no matter what is thrown at me.
So on the days that I get up and decide to hit the pavement, I try to do everything that I can to make sure that I’m safe.
What about you? Are you a morning runner? What are your thoughts on running in the dark? What do you do to make sure that you’re safe (from cars, animals, humans- whatever)?
*All of the items mentioned are made by Road ID and I have received promotional items from them in the past, but none of that inspired this post or my opinions of how helpful their products are. *