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NIGHT RUNNING SAFETY TIPS (VIDEO)

NATHAN PRESENTS: NIGHT RUNNING SAFETY TIPS



Running at night can be fun, exciting, adventurous, and rewarding. However, it can also be dangerous, scary, and stressful. With 70% of pedestrian fatalities occurring between 6pm and 6am, taking precautions to be visible while running in the dark can literally be a matter of life or death.

It’s easy to create a safety and visibility plan for your next nighttime running adventure. Nathan Sports recommends the ideal combination of active lighting and passive reflectivity, plus tips, tools, and much more to keep you safe when on the roads and trails after dark:

  • – Wear reflective running gear, aiming to always have 360 degrees of visibility
  • – Cars should be able to see you from the front, back, and both sides
  • – Use multiple points of light so drivers perceive you as a runner
  • – Use a combination of passive and active lighting
  • – Passive lighting means reflective materials that react to car’s headlights, such as a Nathan reflective running vest, or a reflective running jacket
  • – Active lighting includes LEDs that project light, such as a Nathan running light, or a running headlamp
  • – Always run against traffic

Runners who use a combination of both passive and active lighting can be seen from up to 600% further away than those who use just reflective materials. Be seen and be safe!

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NEW BALANCE VONGO V2 (VIDEO)

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM VONGO V2


NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM VONGO V2


The Fresh Foam Vongo V2 from New Balance is here, promising runner’s a cushioned experience without all the needless bulk. New Balance is big on using data and athlete feedback to create shoes that consistently fit and perform to optimal standards. The Vongo V2 features a full-length Fresh Foam midsole inspired by runner’s data to create a soft and stable ride.

On the Vongo V2, between the runner and the ground, is a data-driven outsole channel comprised of dual compounds that work together for controlled stability. This segmented outsole is paired with a denser medial side to provide additional support when needed.

Moving to the top of the foot, the New Balance Vongo V2 boats an engineered mesh upper, strategically designed for a secure fit on every run. These elements combine beautifully to offer the support needed without carrying extra weight or stiffness. Quite simply, New Balance got rid of the bulk to create a smoother ride. The result is stability simplified.

 

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BEST WOMEN’S LEGGINGS FOR RUNNING IN COLD WEATHER

 

 

 

 

TOP 9 WOMEN'S RUNNING TIGHTS

ICYMI: Fall is here and winter is coming, which means it’s time to swap out those summer running shorts for some warmer winter threads. But with so many different tights and legging options, deciding what to wear can be exhausting before you even step outside.

We asked our expert team of lady runners what they wear to stay comfortable (and look good!) running in the winter. When the temperature dips, these options have you covered in the cold.
 

NIKE POWER EPIC LUX RUNNING TIGHTS ($95)

Nike Power Epic Lux Running Tights

Voted overall best running tights for women, this staff favorite features a wide elastic waistband that hits right below your natural waist for a flattering, functional fit. Compression feels super supportive and they don’t stretch out, even after washing multiple times. Pro tip: get a pair in every color, they will not disappoint!
 

NIKE POWER EPIC RUN FLASH RUNNING TIGHTS ($80)

Nike Power Epic Run Flash Running Tights

Reflective detailing in this full-length design keeps you covered but visible during colder, darker months. Plus, Nike Power fabric has just the right amount of stretch and support so these leggings won’t slide down during your run. #winning
 

SAUCONY BULLET CROP LEGGING ($72)

Saucony Bullet Crop Legging

Perfect for milder temps, these crop leggings hit right above the ankle and are super comfortable and supportive. The smooth PowerLuxe fabric fits like a second skin and there are even a few extra pockets to store your stuff on the run.
 

BROOKS GREENLIGHT TIGHT ($80)

Brooks Greenlight Tight

If you’re a distance runner looking for bottoms that will stay in place on long runs, these are perfect! They fit snug when you first put them on, but they mold to your body almost immediately. Warm enough for temps in the 20-40s, these tights are definitely a must-have for running in the winter.
 

2XU HYPNOTIK MID-RISE COMPRESSION TIGHT ($89.95)

2XU Hyoptik Mid-Rise Compression Tight

These wide waistband compression tights can be worn on their own or as a base layer for any activity or post exercise recovery to activate muscles faster pre-exercise, oxygenate the blood for faster recovery and reduced long-term overuse injuries. Not only are they great for running, but also to wear when traveling on planes, long car rides, days at the office – you name it! They come at a higher price point but are worth every penny!
 

ADIDAS ULTRA 7/8 TIGHT ($54.97 – ON SALE!)

Adidas Ultra 7/8 Tight

The breathable mesh panel behind the knee allows just enough ventilation to stay warm on long runs in the winter. Not to mention, #greyisthenewblack.
 

NIKE EPIC RUN LUX TIGHT ($76.98 ON SALE)

Nike Epic Run Lux Tight

This is another one of Nike’s “epic” running tight options with high spandex count to keep your muscles supported – excellent when you need the extra support for an intense training session or for recovery. 
 

NORTH FACE WINTER WARM TIGHT ($42.97 – ON SALE!)

North Face Winter Warm Tight

For all you badass women out there braving the frigid elements, these are the running tights (or snow pants!) for you. Voted warmest tights for winter running, the insulated, fleece-lined interior will keep you comfortable while the smooth exterior sheds snow – perfect for winter road running when it’s downright freezing.
 

ONZIE TRACK LEGGING ($38.98 – ON SALE!)

Onzie Track Legging

Onzie is a well-known yoga apparel brand, but these track leggings are great for everything from gym workouts to running around town. The color-blocked mesh creates slimming lines for a bright, bold and super fun athleisure look.
 

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SAFTEY FIRST, THEN TEAMWORK: HOW TO RUN IN THE DARK

NOT RUNNING IS NOT AN OPTION

Now that we’re officially in the pumpkin-spice-flavored fall season, daylight is in limited supply. If you typically log your miles before or after work, chances are you’ll be spending at least some of that time running in the dark. If that makes you uncomfortable, your options are to totally rearrange your work schedule so you only run when it’s light outside (probably not possible), stop running until spring (sounds dumb), only run on a treadmill (boring), or get smart about running in the dark (yes to this and keep reading).

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

As a writer, I believe it is important to expose any bias, or skewed perspective, I might have upfront. I must admit, as a big dude, my own personal safety is rarely a thought that crosses my mind. In a dark alleyway, I’m typically the person someone is scared of, rather than the other way around.

Acknowledging this vantage point, when conducting research for this article, I was pretty surprised to find a substantial batch of testimonials from runners who are fearful of running in the dark. Most of the fears surround being attacked by a person of ill-intent. While not the central focus of this particular article, allow me to summarize the primary recommendations to prevent a tragic scenario like this from occurring:

  • – Safety in numbers: Run with a partner or group in a public place
  • – Be accessible: Carry a phone and your ID
  • – Have a deterrent: Attackers typically prey on those they deem as easy targets, and as such, are not interested in a fight. Carry mace, make noise, and learn a few self-defense moves
  • – Stay aware of your surroundings: Don’t explore new routes in the dark and ditch the headphones (or wear one earbud and keep the volume low), so you’ll be able to hear trouble approaching

My intention in providing advice here, is to keep as many night-runners as safe as possible. Therefore, I wanted to use data and statistics to find – not what people are most afraid of but – what actually poses the greatest danger during a dimly-lit run: Being hit by a vehicle.

AMERICA’S MOST-PREVENTABLE TRAGEDIES

I almost killed a runner with my truck last week.

Eerily-timed, given that I would be writing an article about running safety this week. Coming back from the grocery store around 8pm, I was traveling down a 2-lane road at the posted speed limit, 45 MPH. There was no sidewalk on either side of the road. There was no one else in the vehicle and I was not distracted… no texting, no messing with the radio, no daydreaming. As another car, on the opposite side of the road, passed me, my vision was temporarily diminished by their hyper-white headlights searing into my retinas. As my eyes were readjusting, I noticed a faint glow in front of me that glinted with the pale luminosity of a firefly on a bad day.

At the absolute-last-second, I realized it was the reflective heel clip of someone running in front of me. Instinctively I swerved towards my left, across the center line. Only looking back, was I (briefly and vaguely) able to identify a human silhouette dressed in all dark colors.
Thank goodness an accident was avoided this time. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed due to auto accidents in 2016, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Furthermore, the National Safety Council states “the chances of being struck and killed as a pedestrian increase by 1,100% after dark,” with the most dangerous hours between 6 – 9 pm, the time after work when most runners take to the roads.

If we remove fatalities from the equation, the statistics become even more outrageous: According to a 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, “On average over a 2 year period, nearly 1 million runners, walkers and cyclists were hit by motorists.” Meanwhile, only 40% of runners make any attempt to be visible in the dark. The Federal Highway Administration succinctly summarizes the point, “Nighttime pedestrian accidents and deaths are America’s most preventable tragedies.”

SEE & BE SEEN

If you’ve read any of my articles or blogs before, you know that I like to focus on the solutions rather than dwell on the problem, so let’s shift to that. The Federal Highway Administration clearly recommends reflectorization, with studies proving that the risk of being hit by a motorist in the dark is 800% lower when wearing reflective running gear. In fact, among all the factors of running that go into running in the dark, what you wear is the element you are most in control of.

Depending on the weather, a reflective running vest or a reflective running jacket is a great place to start. As the temperature drops and you continue to bundle up, ensure your top layers aren’t covering up your reflective gear. Look for running tights, hats, and gloves with reflective elements.

It bears mentioning here that reflectivity only works if there are headlights on you. Therefore, our optimal solutions for safety need to include both reflective running gear and lights. If you don’t want to manually carry lights, a running headlamp is a great solution. If you want your head free and clear as well, clip-on lighting solutions exist that you can place on your shoes or just about anywhere.

To make things easier for you, our JackRabbit experts have compiled a collection of their favorite visibility accessories here. Whatever method of reflectivity and lighting you choose, remember being seen is being safe. By being visible during your night runs, my wish is that the only statistic you have to concern yourself with, is breaking personal records!


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