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JULISKA09
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5/13/13 9:45 P

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I generally run with a headlamp that I clip onto the front of my baseball cap. I also wear the brightest shirts I can possibly find. Think highlighter orange/green/pink. You can also get some slap on reflective bracelets for really cheap, about $5. Not sure how well they work, but they do tend to get a bit soggy. They have felt on the inside.


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3/12/13 9:05 P

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Reflective vest is a must. Cheapie from discount store was 3, but I like the $7 eBay better. I like the idea of carrying a lit flashlight.


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1/16/13 11:50 A

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when I run around the suburban streets after dark I light myself like a Christmas tree. Flashing-light singlet, headlight and 2 handheld light (knuckle lights). I also try to wear something white and reflective on top (can't do much about my lower half... all tights seem to be black).

I also take care to run defensively, ie., facing traffic, assume drivers don't see me, thinking about "escape routes", etc.

Like TIMOTHYNOHE, I've run into things at night so be careful where you step but enjoy it and be safe!
Naomi

http://www.amphipod.com/products/visibility/ledslighted-bands/xinglet-flash-led

http://www.knucklelights.com/BLUE-KL02BLUE.htm

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1/9/13 9:45 P

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Glad you'll be running with a dog, I see too many female runners running alone in the dark.
For me, it's a blinking red light.


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1/9/13 8:42 P

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And my I add to Nancy' s advice, run in populated areas.

As far as gear goes. You could spend lot's of money on Runners' Lights, but I just get a headlamp at Home Depot for about $20. I have two in fact. I put one forward on high beam and one pointing backward clicked over to the red.

My I am seen. But one morning in the gloaming, you know when the sky is white, but it's still dark and there are stupid people who think they don't need headlight because *they* can see? Yeah, that time. I actually ran into a car that was stopped in the crosswalk.

As I said, Stoopid Peepull.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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Oops, double post

Edited by: KAPELAKIN at: 1/9/2013 (14:30)
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
5K PR: 23:40
10K PR: 48:57
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KAPELAKIN
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1/9/13 11:33 A

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I got the TriViz hat at Sports Authority. It was in the men's section, but Ithink they have a women's version now. Honestly, the Petzl puts out more light and the battery lasts longer, plus it takes common double As instead of the special little lithiums. I like the hat for running at dawn in the summer though, since I like to wear a hat to help shield the sun as it comes up. I can wear the headlamp over a beanie if it's cold, so it's more versatile, IMO

Edited by: KAPELAKIN at: 1/9/2013 (21:07)
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
5K PR: 23:40
10K PR: 48:57
HM PR: 1:59:37
30K: 2:57:44


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1/9/13 10:58 A

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You can get glowing leashes for your dog. That is a good thing. Cars may see you, but may not see your dog at all.

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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3K: 16:28
5K: 27:13
10K: 58:10
HM: 2:14:00
MAR: 5:54:00
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April 26, 2014: Heart & Sole Triathlon
May 4, 2014: Flying Pig HM
June 14, 2014: Bourbon Derby Half Marathon
Oct 12, 2014: Iron Horse Half Marathon
Nov 1, 2014: Monumental Marathon
May 16, 2015: Horse Capital Marathon


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I will definitely be running with my dog - he is actually one of my biggest motivators. He is a beagle that can run 4 miles and look at you with sad eyes and want to go run 4 more.

Thanks for the music tip, Nancy. I hadn't thought about that and I do like my tunes.

I will have to hit the local running store for some on reflectors (for both of us).

Kapelakin- where did you get your hat? That sounds easier than adding something else to my hands since they are pretty full with the dog.


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1/9/13 10:55 A

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I run in the dark 5 mornings a week....I have a reflective vest from a road crew (say Wide Load - LOL!) which I wear once in a while (takes some guts I tell you but it was free!)...but I also just some arm bands with flashing red LED lights. They are great and were about 12$ for a pack of 2. I put one on my arm and one on my leg, and sometimes one on my dog's collar also and off we go!!! I'm running in a very safe residential area of a smaller town, but that being said...I keep my eyes and ears open...and vary my route and avoid unlit parks and trails or the country roads until I have the opportunity for daytime runs.

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1/9/13 10:14 A

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I wear either my Petzl headlamp or New Balance TriViz running hat, which has LED lamps in the brim. Then for visibilitly, I have two red LED clip lights that have an option of steady on or flashing. I usually put one on my sleeve or waist band on the side facing traffic, and the other one on my dog's collar. Running with a dog is a good idea if that's a possibility for you. People are much less likely to mess wtih someone who is walking a dog, even a small one. When I run at dawn/dusk Imake sure to wear a neon yellow shirt, and any light color shirt when it's dark.

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
5K PR: 23:40
10K PR: 48:57
HM PR: 1:59:37
30K: 2:57:44


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SP_COACH_NANCY
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Hi,

I will add, that you should NEVER run with music at night so that you are well aware of your surroundings-- and ALWAYS carry your cell phone and some safety device--our local police recommend a horn to blow that will make a loud noise. Not trying to scare you, but these were safety tips for all women, especially for women who must run/walk alone at night.

Coach Nancy




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1/9/13 9:31 A

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I have worn one of these for years..

They also make one with lights in it that is more expensive. I thought that was a great idea but the battery compartment got warped with all the sweat so now I just add on an extra clip on light. Everyone always comments how well they see me.
www.amphipod.com/products/visibility/refle
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The idea is to see and be seen. Visibility is just as important as being able to see. If you don't have reflective gear, go buy some. You don't need a vest or anything, but you do need reflective arm bands or leg bands, and you need a blinking red light to put on the back of your hat or your shirt or something. I use knuckle lights to light my way. The beams are even and bright, and I love them. Another option is a headlamp.

Have fun with your dark running. The first time you watch the sun come up, you will love it!!

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
CURRENT PRs:
3K: 16:28
5K: 27:13
10K: 58:10
HM: 2:14:00
MAR: 5:54:00
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
UPCOMING RACES:

April 26, 2014: Heart & Sole Triathlon
May 4, 2014: Flying Pig HM
June 14, 2014: Bourbon Derby Half Marathon
Oct 12, 2014: Iron Horse Half Marathon
Nov 1, 2014: Monumental Marathon
May 16, 2015: Horse Capital Marathon


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1/9/13 9:04 A

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It looks like running after dark is going to be my only option for a while and I may even try to switich to morning runs. I have no idea what to buy to make me safe. What gear do you use to run in the dark?


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