11 Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

After some Summer-like temps this weekend, we had a glorious morning in the 50s!

7 crisp easy paced miles through the park.

I headed straight to OrangeTheory Fitness for some cross-training.  I’m even learning to enjoy the bike…crazy!

The cooler temperature has me so excited for Fall!  I picked up some white pumpkins for the house!



and some fresh flowers for the kitchen.


The cooler temps also mean that it’s dark during my early morning runs again.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe during your early morning/late night runs.

1.  Wear reflective clothing.


I also love the reflectivity of Saucony’s Viziglo material.


2.  If you can, take your cellphone with you. (Also, the flashlight on the iphone can help when you’re in a pinch.)

3.  Wear or carry a light. (I run with a headlamp during the winter.)  My husband really wanted to capture this super-cool moment last winter.  I’ve found that the Amphipod reflective vests fit me best.


4.  Run on the left side of the road.

5.  Seek out well-lit run routes.

6.  Don’t listen to music.

7.  Always have identification on you.  I wear a Road ID on my shoe.


8.  Make sure you tell someone where you’re running and what time you’ll return.

9.  Run with a friend or group.

10.  Pay attention to your surroundings.

11.  Trust your instincts.  If something feels unsafe, don’t do it.

Everyone please stay safe out there!

What am I forgetting on my list of safety tips?

Do you take spin classes or indoor cycling?  


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  • Kailey

    Love the jacket!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • KickAshMom

    Your house is beautiful!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s so kind of you to say…thank you!!!

  • Marilyn

    Great tips, thank you! I am always on hyper-alert when I am running alone in the dark. (For example the family of raccoons that nearly gave me a heart attack this morning! Or the newspaper delivery person who pulled over near me and I was convinced that I was about to be kidnapped…)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh…both of those would scare the crap out of me!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    Great tips, Jen! I love your winter pic…tell Jason that was definitely a moment worth capturing! We’ll be there again before you know it! I would like to take a spin class, occasionally; I think it would be great cross-training, but I have a difficult time fitting classes in when I’m available to go. I’ll keep checking! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • runninstermz

    Your picture under number 3 reminds me I need to get some gear like that for my winter running this year since we are loosing daylight in the mornings!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I wrote the list because I needed the reminder, too! I forgot how quickly we lose the morning light:)

  • susan @2chixrun26

    Great tips! And white pumpkins are my favorite. Your house is beautiful!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!!

  • Jennifer

    I take cycling classes. That jacket is amazing!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Cycling is new to me, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s a tough workout!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    Can you take us on a tour of your house? It’s beautiful! I love the white pumpkins too.

    Good tips! Running in the dark is definitely not something anyone (especially women) should do alone. I love the jacket, super cute! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s so kind of you to say…thank you!!