Running gear you’ll need — after Daylight Savings Time ends
By Brittany Anas
First, a public service announcement: We’re falling forward this weekend, with Daylight Savings Time ending at 2 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 3). An extra hour of sleep! Yay! Getting home from work and it’s already dark? Womp, womp.
While the early birds get the sun — those who like to go for an evening jog or an after-work run will be racing against the sunset and exercising on dark trails. Here are a few tips for planning your evening runs and gear you’ll need to be safe and visible — and of course warm, too.
- Know when you’ll have daylight. Check out this sunrise and sunset calculator. When you enter in your location and the date, you’ll get exact information about when sun down will be and can plan your run accordingly if you need to shift your run to the morning.
- Use the buddy system. If you’re planning an evening run, get social. Go running with a buddy. Or, find a group run through Road Runners Club of America.
- Be Bright. Wear bright, reflective running gear or a reflective vest so that you are noticeable — like these reflective running sleeves with mittens from Sears. (Tip: When you buy through ShopAtHome.com, you’ll save with more than 200 coupons plus 4 percent Cash Back). For cold, winter days, this Nike Livestrong winter jacket has reflective strips on the back and this waist pack doubles as a reflector and a pouch to stash your keys, credit card and other valuables while you’re on a run. For men, we found these Asics Gel-Nimbus reflective shoes for running at night. The women’s version of the Asics Gel-Nimbus reflective shoes comes in a “hot coral” color.Taking Fido out with you, too? Attach a Nite Ize PetLite to his collar.
- Wear a night light. For extra visibility, consider wearing a lightweight headlamp.
- Go without the music. Ditch your headphones. Your uninterrupted hearing might help you avoid dangers in wintertime conditions.
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