Daylight savings time creates a number of issues we didn't have to think about during the summer; such as driving in the dark and navigating that nighttime run. A few weeks ago, you could enjoy your post-work 5K in the light; but now, it's completely dark by 6 p.m. What's a runner to do?

The best tip for nighttime runs is to run with a partner -- human or furry. That way someone is with you in the event of an emergency!

If that's not possible, you can still enjoy your evening run. Just keep the following tips in mind:

1. Ditch the headphones
We enjoy iTunes as much as anyone, but  when it's dark, you need to be on high alert. It's essential you can hear cars, pedestrians and animals -- because you can't always see them (and they can't always see you). So, ditch the headphones and enjoy a quiet, peaceful run.

2. Wear reflective gear
You want to be seen -- so pick the right gear! Wear clothing with reflective strips, a running vest -- even a headlamp! Don't worry about making a fashion statement; worry about being safe.

3. Bring your phone
This way, you can call someone in an emergency -- or simply if it starts raining in the middle of your run.

4. Stick to main roads
Save your trail run for the weekend. When you're running at night, you need to run in areas where you can be seen and heard.

5. Be smart about social media
Don't post your running plans until after you've finished. Posting your run plans ahead of time or a screenshot of a run route afterwards that includes street names is a welcome invitation for anyone to join you… in the dark. However, it's a good idea to tell your partner, family or friend about your running plans -- just don't share it with all your contacts on the Internet!

Daylight Savings Time doesn't mean you have to stop your regular workouts -- it just means you need to be a little more cautious and prepared.

Source: Road Runners Club of America, General Running Safety Tips.

Photo Credit: Sarah M.
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