With daylight savings time in the fall and winter months many of us don’t get off work until its already dark leaving us only able to run in at night. Sometimes I will choose to run at the gym on the treadmill during the winter months but thats mainly when I don’t feel like braving the cold. If you are braving the cold and running at night make sure you dress appropriately for it. Wear extra clothes to make sure you stay warm. You are already taxing your body while running so you don’t want to catch a cold and keep you off the road for a few weeks.
Make sure the extra clothes you do wear is bright colored and reflective is even better. You can pick up a reflective winter vest that will keep you warm and also make sure people see you.
A headlamp is also something to think about. A headlamp will do two things for you, first it will help people and cars see you and second it will help you see the ground and any holes or dips in terrain. Some people even get small red lights on their back to help people see them when coming up from behind.
Make sure you select a well let safe route to run on while at night. Many times during day running I like to see how far I can run and explore a new trail or neighborhood but when I run at night I run I try and find a nice looping course I can run on. In other words instead of running 5 miles out and 5 miles back I find a nice one mile loop that isn’t far from my house and run that 10 times. That helps me because I am better aware of the road and any holes or obstacles that I might not be able to see at night and if anything happens I am not far from my house.
Last but not least, never ever wear headphones while running at night! Remember safety first when it comes to running at night!