Tips For Running in the Dark Morning or Late Night
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Tips for Running in The Dark Morning or Late Night

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This is a dangerous world, especially for female runners.

But safety tips for runners is crucial for everyone.

It’s important to stay safe and take precautions, not because you can’t defend yourself, but because you might need to.

That’s why we are providing you some safety tips for runners and encourage them to be more cautious and prepared.

According to a survey conducted by Runner’s World, more than 43% of women reported that they were harassed while running.

The younger the runner, the more frequent the harassment, with 58% of females under the age of 30 reporting harassment.

Another shocking statistic according to a UNIFEM report, states that one in three American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

It’s not all rapists and murderers you need to be concerned about, either.

In some places, there are predators around who can and will jump you and try to have you for lunch.

So, what’s a runner to do? Here are safety tips for runners to consider.

Don’t Run Alone

Two people are harder to take on than one, and attackers are usually cowards at heart.

When someone looks like she’s too tough of a target, they won’t take the chance.

If you don’t have a person you can run with, then run with your dog.

Or, if you don’t own a dog, many animal shelters will let you borrow one for a few hours.

It’s good for the dog, and it keeps you safer.

(Of course, when you’re looking for a dog to accompany you, try to make sure it’s not a toy breed.)

Run With Personal Safety Devices

Carry pepper spray or mace. There are some places that are just more filled with potential danger than others.

For instance, running through a wooded area where there are lots of hiding places for wildlife or criminally-minded humans.  

So make sure you run with a can of pepper spray or mace in your pocket to ward off danger.

Other good safety device to carry is one that makes loud alarm or siren sounds.

And of course don't forget to scream as loud as possible if you get into trouble.

You can wear them on your wrist like a watch, and some of them even send signals to designated people if you need help.

Lose The Earbuds

Running is much more enjoyable with music or a podcast to listen to.

That being said, there are certain times when you absolutely should not use them.

The times when you shouldn’t wear earbuds are when you are running:
  • Alone at night
  • On a street or bike path with no shoulder (you won’t hear a cyclist, car, or another runner approaching which could lead to collisions)
  • Near a golf course (you won’t hear golfers yelling “Fore!” to warn you of an incoming golf ball)
  • Anytime you're trail running (you need to focus on the terrain and be on alert for wildlife)

Run Against The Flow Of Traffic

You’ll be able to see cars coming, and it’ll be harder for vehicles to sneak up on you.

This is especially important if you run when it’s dark, at dusk or in the very early morning.

woman running at night

We are not saying you can't run at night, but be cautious.

Another useful safety tip for runners is to wear headlamps and reflective clothing.

Stay on roads you know and avoid trails.

Carry your phone with you at all times so you can call for help if needed.

Always tell someone where you’re going, when you’re leaving, and when you’ll be back.

Don’t Be Predictable

Even if you have all the tips for running in the dark morning or late night, you can’t be too confident.

Change up your routine.

If you normally turn left going out your driveway, turn right sometimes.

Run at different times throughout the week.

This can be difficult with work schedules, but it is important.

Some criminals follow patterns and this could make you a target.

Look for new routes and places to run that are near your home, instead running at the same place and time every day.

woman learning self defense

Learn Self-Defense 

There are four vulnerable places on a person, and if you’re being attacked, you should aim there first.

The acronym “SING” applies here – solar plexus, instep, nose, and groin. 

If you’re grabbed from behind, send an elbow into his stomach and stomp hard on his instep.

Use the heel of your hand to shove his nose toward his forehead and use your knee to hit him in the groin.

The best bet, of course, is to take an actual self-defense class.

Last but not least on safety tips for runners –make sure you always carry ID.