YouTube Tuesday: Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

My morning runs are in the dark again, so I put together a list of 11 Tips and Products to keep you safe when you’re running in the dark!

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Do you have to run in the dark? Morning or night?

What type of headlamp or light do you use?

What advice do you have for running in the dark?


Join the Conversation

  • carla birnberg

    and walking. I cant believe how dark it is all of a sudden. I need to find my vest!! :-)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      The dark really snuck up on me this year!

  • Kimberly

    Thanks for the tips! I need to pick up a safety vest soon. I also use the reflective LED armband from ProCompression. It’s light so it doesnt affect running at all.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I need to checkout that armband! I love ProCompression products!

  • Maureen

    Awesome tips and perfect timing! Just starting marathon training and there will definitely be dark mornings ahead.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you and stay safe!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    I usually run in the mornings… and I can deal with dusk, but living in the city running in the dark is difficult. Between crappy sidewalks and minimal lighting, it is not the safest combination, so once winter rolls around it’s usually treadmill runs for me!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’ve definitely had days where it was just safer to run on the treadmill.

  • Regina Mcwhirter

    I run in the dark every weekday morning. Tried the sidewalk run today (usually I’m on the street running against traffic), too many puddles on the sidewalk as it was raining, so I has to head home early. Great tips about all that reflective gear. Thanks!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Great tips here and I was just thinking this morning of how dark it is when I head out for my run… by myself. I don’t turn my music on until its light out so I can be aware of what’s going on around me. I would really like to get some more reflective gear and a road ID.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      The dark mornings really snuck up on me this year!

  • bubblyrunner

    If I’m running in the dark it has to be in the morning–I’m a morning runner anyway. I’ve never used a headlamp but I make sure to wear reflective gear and run without music so I can be aware of my surroundings. I never run with my phone (I should, I know) but I am thinking about getting a Road ID band which I think is a great overall safety tip for runners!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Road ID has so many great options, so it’s easy to find one that works for you!

  • Suzy Slane

    I love running in the dark… at night. I haaaaate running in the morning. It’s got to be the toughest thing ever to do, to get out of bed at wtf o’clock to run in the dark. I need to get better at it though, because most days I just don’t have any other time to run except in the morning!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m the exact opposite! I love morning runs, but hate running at night.

  • Sheena

    Running in the dark does take some extra thought for sure! I will take the darkness with the cooler weather though. I make sure to wear a headlight and stay on areas that are well lit and that I know well.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      The cooler temps feel SO good!!!

  • Shannon Chenoweth

    I run early morning workouts all the time in the dark. Lights and flashers, etc are so important and vital. Even still, my group is extra careful during the dark hours. You have to assume the drivers don’t see you.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      YES!!!! You’re so right. You have to assume that drivers don’t see you.