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8 Tips for Staying Safe When Running at Night

Tips to Stay Safe When Running at Night

With the days getting darker and the evenings pulling in, I’ve been thinking a lot more about my safety.

I often go running in the evenings, and both my visibility and my personal security, are issues that are never far from my mind.

Today, I’m sharing 8 tips to help you stay safer this winter – and whether you’re a runner or not, I hope that you’ll find them useful!

8 Tips for Staying Safe when Running at Night

Plan your Route

Let someone know where you’re going – Plan your route beforehand (avoiding hazardous and undesirable areas) and let a friend or family member know where you’ll be going, and when you plan to be back. Some running apps (such as Runkeeper) also allow your location be tracked in real-time – which may also be helpful for some!

Safety Running Tips

Try to run in groups – The saying ‘safety in numbers’ is especially true when you’re out and about at night, so if possible, try to avoid walking or running alone. There may be running clubs in your area, or even casual jogging groups – and it can be a great way to meet new friends too! If there are no clubs nearby, perhaps you could consider starting up one of your own?

Running Safety Tips

Choose a well-lit and populated route – If you can, try to stay away from country lanes, dark alleyways and areas where there aren’t many people around. Walking or running down the pavement of a well-lit and well-used road can be much safer, even if it’s a longer route!

Night running safety tips

Take your phone with you for emergencies – Having your phone with you can be extremely useful in emergencies, especially if you injure yourself during your run! (Something I know all about! Haha!) If you can, try to keep it concealed when you’re not using it though, as expensive smartphones can be a huge temptation to those who are looking to steal.

Personal Safety When Running

Carry a personal alarm – If the worst were to happen, this tip could save your life! Most personal alarms are very discreet and are small enough to pop in your pocket. You can even get ones that are designed especially for running, which fit around your arm. They can be used to frighten off your attacker and alert others nearby, to the fact that you need some help!

Be Seen at Night

Wear high-visibility clothing – I learnt early on, that having proper running gear really makes all the difference. Not only does it make running more comfortable, it also greatly improves your visibility to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Wearing light-coloured, fluorescent, and reflective clothing is especially important when running at night, and you can even get fancy lights to attach to your trainers too!

Stay Safe Running at Night

Look, listen and be aware – This one may sound obvious, but when we’re distracted, it’s easy to become blind to the dangers that are all around us. Whether it’s a pothole in the pavement, a car turning into the road that you’re about to cross, or a kid racing towards you on a bike – it’s always a good idea to keep an eye (and an ear) out for hazards. Stop and look properly before crossing the road, and use pedestrian crossings when possible.

Self Defence

Learn some self-defence techniques – This one may sound a bit extreme, but having a few self-defence moves under your belt can not only help you to feel (and therefore appear) more confident, it can also enable you to fend off an attacker. Practicing traditional martial arts is also a wonderful way to keep fit, practice discipline and engage the mind, body and soul.

 

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Virtual Running: My New Fitness Obsession!

Chrissy Faery

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m totally addicted to running!

As a kid, I used to struggle a lot with athletics.  I always dreaded P.E lessons at school, and the compulsory cross-country run would leave me coughing up blood and gunk for days. 😝

Back then, I could never understand how anyone could enjoy doing something so seemingly torturous!

Later, in my early 20’s, I caught Lyme Disease and became bed-ridden for many years. (There was definitely no running for me then!!)

One thing that my illness taught me, however, is the importance of setting goals (and having the patience and self-love to see them though, without reaching breaking point!)

In the beginning, my goals were small (such as walking just a few yards) but as I began to heal I found that I was able to set myself bigger and bigger challenges.

Thankfully (due to the Buhner Protocol) I’m now in remission, and this year I was able to complete my big dream and challenge, of backpacking solo across Europe. 

It was an incredible journey (spiritually, mentally and physically) and – thanks to the amazing running scene in Budapest, and some inspirational women that I met along the way – I discovered my passion and love for running!

I did my very first run on the 25th July 2017, and to my amazement my body supported me all the way! It was an amazing feeling, and I was hooked almost instantly!

It wasn’t long afterwards, that I stumbled upon virtual running!

Now, it’s not what you might be thinking – Virtual running isn’t completely virtual, you do still have to run! 😂

I’ll explain…

Virtual Running in Four Easy Steps

  1. You enter a virtual race with a virtual running company – You usully pay to enter and the cost covers your medal, as well as a charitable donation. (I’ve listed some UK-based virtual running companies below!)
  2. You then run the required distance for your race; whenever and wherever you choose (although most virtual races have a date that you need to complete it by!)
  3. Next, you submit evidence for your run (via a screenshot of your running app or tracker) in order to be sent your medal.
  4. Your shiny new medallion arrives. You do a happy dance, take goofy photos and party!! (As does the charity that you’ve helped to support! Woohoo!)

Chrissy Faery

Virtual running is a fantastic way to keep fit, reach your goals and help to raise money for a good cause!

I never thought I’d fall in love with running, but it’s quickly become a passion of mine, and when I see my medals hanging up on the wall, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come!

They’re also a great reminder to live passionately in the now, and keep setting goals – because you never know what’s around the corner!

I’ll leave you with a list of some UK-based virtual running companies, and if you decide to sign up for a race, let me know, and I’ll be over here cheering you on! 🙌🏻

Virtual Racing UK

Virtual Runner UK

POW! Virtual Running 

Women’s Running Virtual Races

UK Virtual Race

Virtual Warrior

Medal Miles

Zoom Virtual Races

My Race Virtual Racing

Challenge Done

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