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Don’t be afraid of the dark

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You’ve finished work or college and it’s time to train. But winter is here and it’s already dark outside. Feeling demotivated? Don’t. Follow these tips, reject excuses and train safely in the dark this winter.

Run smart

There’s no feeling like the freedom of a night run, as long as you stay safe. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a park or country path nearby, so if you do need to take it to the streets, stay off the road, on the pavement and always run against the traffic.

Stay in your head

Music can make all the difference to your training. But in the dark, when you need to be extra aware of your surroundings, silence is the best sound. For your next night-time workout, leave your headphones at home and listen to your thoughts instead.

Make yourself visible

However and wherever you train, at night, it’s always important to stay visible. Neon yellow not your colour? Even just reflective stripes or logos are enough for a driver or cyclist to notice you. A head-light might seem drastic, but it could save your life.

Leave exploring to the day time

When it’s dark outside, it’s best to stick to what and where you know; getting lost in the dark is no fun for anyone.

Train with someone

Anyone who’s afraid of the dark knows it’s a lot less scary when you’re with someone. Find a partner to train with or even take your dog along; anything is better than going it alone.

Leave valuables at home

If you drop something in the dark, it’s going to be a lot harder to find it. When purchasing your sports gear, make sure your tights, shorts, jacket or even gloves have a zip pocket on them somewhere to store keys. This is one valuable you will have to take with you.

Let’s recap:

If you prepare yourself and have your wits about you, there’s no reason not to train in the dark.