Running Safely in the dark
No activity is 100% safe and one of the amazing things about running is that it gives you a sense of freedom. However, running is the dark brings about a different set of risks and it is important to make sure you are aware of these risks to ensure you still enjoy the freedom of running.
At RunVerity safety is very important and we all stick together and loop even more now the clocks have gone backwards not only to ensure that we all run together but also to make sure everyone is safe. Here are some tips to help you stay stafe if you run on your own but also to make sure you dig out your refelctive running gear and lights so that you can be seen and more importantly see where you are going.
One of most important thing to consider is to make sure you are seen and are visible to others around you; try and wear bright and reflective clothing or lights, there are a wide variety of lights that can be attached to your trainers or clothing that enable you to be seen. You are less likely to be knocked over by a bike or car if you are brightly lit up.
If you do run on your own there are apps available that share your real-time location using GPS tracking to a nominated person so you can feel more comfortable knowing that someone is aware of your location.
Try and stick to pavements that are well-lit and populated; if you do run on the road it is always best to face the traffic as you run.
I always carry my phone, ID and money when out running on my own, I know it’s not nice to think about but if you do have an accident you may need to be identified.
Change your routine so avoid doing the same route at the same time week after week, just shake it up a little bit.
If you do sense danger, do not ignore it and brush it off, change your route, turn around and trust your intuition.
If you are unable to run without music because it keeps you going then consider headphones that do not plug into the ear, there are some fantastic wireless bone conductor headphones that enable you to listen to music whilst also hearing what’s going on around you; cutting off one of your senses can put you at a disadvantage.
If the weather dramatically changes when you are out running and there is a thunderstorm with lightening, stop running and take shelter straight away until it passes.
Being attacked by a stranger is very rare however harassment unfortunately is very common for women when out running.
How to deal with rude comments when out running
Try not to take it personally, and this is hard because it seems to be directed at you, but try to remember that you do not know how many times they have rolled down their car window and shouted at people or what they have said to other people in that day, so let it roll off your back and do not dignify them with a response.
Avoid getting angry and this will be tough, but stifle your anger and ignore them, arguing will not accomplish anything but may ruin your day and your run. You could ask them to repeat the comment again but more slowly, this usually shuts them up.
Try not to get into an argument with the rude person, nothing good ever comes from arguing with rude people, turn your attention to someone or something else, let it drop and run on and away from them or the situation. Is this really worth losing my cool over this?
Dealing with rude people is an unfortunate part of life sometimes and as runners we get our fair share but the key is not letting them get the best of you, so shoulders back, head tall, if you let them know you’re upset, they are more likely to continue the comments in the future. Stay safe.