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Safety Tips for Early Morning or Late Night Runs

Posted on November 19 2018

Safety Tips for Early Morning or Late Night Runs

Running in the dark can be inevitable when you have a busy schedule, especially during the fall season when the days seem to get shorter. On some days, my alarm goes off at 4:45 AM and I am out the door by 5:00 AM to run 10 miles before walking the dog and leaving for work. My running friends often ask why I do this and if I feel safe running in the dark by myself. In a weird way, I love my early morning runs. The miles quickly fly by and it gets my day off to a great start. But at the same time, I don’t always feel safe being a lone female runner on the dark streets of San Francisco.

Here are some my favorite tips to follow when running in the dark:

Be aware of your surroundings – I often get startled by my shadow or sounds from nearby bushes but I am constantly looking for any potential danger to be aware of. Whether I am avoiding tripping over a crack in the sidewalk or a crazy person in the middle of the street, I keep an eye out for all of it. It also provides a good distraction from my run!

Ditch the tunes – To my point above, I choose to ditch my earbuds when I run in the dark. It allows me to be more aware of my surroundings like hearing an oncoming car or bike. I still love to listen to music and podcasts during my runs but I save it for when the sun is out.


Invest in a reflective vest – You may be able to see a car but it is even more important that they can see you. There are many inexpensive options out there and you will barely notice it when you are running.

Lights, lights, lights! – I would advise to run where there is at least some light for you to see, even if you have a flashlight. It’s not worth falling and getting injured because you couldn’t see something on the ground. I also like to run on streets with more street lights because I feel a little safer.

Bring a friend – This one might be a little harder if you are trying to convince a friend to run with you at 5:00 AM but it is worth a try. Running with friends is not only safer but also, a lot more fun!

Kelli Hashimoto

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