Autumn is here and the cold dark embrace of Winter is beckoning.
So, it’s time to consider how to stay safe and be seen while running. Visibility and warmth are definitely the watchwords for the season.
You can be seen and keep warm by getting a high visibility long sleeved running top or a jacket. Both are a great option that allows for the use of base layers for added warmth. A jacket will offer you wind and water resistance/proofing so even on the most awful of days you will have no excuse not to run. Combine these with warm winter run tights or even shorts that simply incorporate reflective piping and panels.
If you run early mornings or evenings, after work, it is always a good idea to take visibility to another level. The easiest way to do this is to run wearing a device that will alert others, particularly drivers, to your presence.
You might consider a multi function head torch that has a steady beam and flashing mode.
If tech isn’t your thing, grab a hi-viz bib or vest and combine it with your existing run clothing. Additionally, get some reflective snap on armbands or waist and chest bands for extra visibility.
The range of gloves for runners is huge, from a basic glove to those that are wind resistant and waterproof some even include strips that allow you to use touch screen devices while gloved up.
on’t forget to keep your head warm too, there are lots to choose from and many are reflective and hi-viz too. We’ve lots of options in-store.
So, you’ve got your reflective gear and you are ready to go, now is the time to consider where you are going to run.
Routes that are fine and familiar in daylight can be very different in the dark – that easily avoided pothole in daylight becomes an invisible ankle breaker in the dark. Avoid trail routes, or wear a head torch if you need your trail running fix.
If you run along roads, then run in the direction of oncoming traffic. That way you can clearly see what is coming towards you and take evasive action if you need to. Always run with a phone, in case of emergency too.
By taking a few precautions and investing in some good kit and accessories, running doesn’t have to be off the agenda and can be carried out safely during autumn and winter. Get out there and embrace the darkness!
We’ve lots on offer, so why not drop by either of our stores for a browse and we’re always happy to give advice if you’re not sure what you need.
We’re always happy to provide help and advice in-store