Please give me a minute to finish pounding a last nail or two into these top boards: I need to be sure my homemade soapbox can support my full weight as I’m going to stand on it and preach for a few minutes, ladies.
Okay, that should do it.
Here I go, I’m stepping up on it now. Can everyone hear me? Alright, here goes:
“YOU HAVE GOT TO WEAR A LIGHT WHEN YOU RUN IN THE DARK!!!”
Why, yes, I AM SHOUTING at you because this message is important, ladies! It’s right up there with strapping your tot into a car seat or not drinking and driving. Whether on the road or sidewalk, you need to be able to see where you’re going—and to be seen. The past few weeks, I’ve had to almost physically restrain myself from telling black-clothed, light-less runners (and cyclists) to “LIGHT UP, MY FRIEND; LIGHT UP!!” (Of course, living in Oregon, that message can be construed a few different ways…)
At risk of sounding like an airline security video, safety is our top priority at Another Mother Runner. And if you’re going to run before the sun comes up or after it goes down—or even on low-light rainy or foggy days—you need to be visible to motorists from a distance. Wearing light-colored clothing or a reflective vest is fine, but they are far from enough: Runners need to light up the dark.
My bright solution for the past year: Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights ($59.95), innovative lights that, you guessed it, clip to your running shoes. These lightweight LED lights attach to your laces and shine a bright white light (150 total lumens, if you want to get granular) in front of and on the side of you, while rear-racing red tail lights allow motorists approaching from behind to spot you. One feature I especially love about these clever lights: The batteries in them are rechargeable with a micro-USB charging port—no batteries to replace (or unexpectedly burn out mid-run—ARGH!).
I love being well lit without having to carry anything or wear something on my head. But what I love best is how visible I am: Countless times, motorists, other runners, and even cyclists have yelled out how much they love my lights—and how they could see me coming from blocks away! And I can see what’s in front of me, whether the lights are shining on a pothole, an uneven sidewalk, or #foundchange.
Hear me as I say: You need a pair of Night Runner 270s. And before I step off my soapbox, I’m gonna tell you how. In the Comments section below this post on our website, tell us: What do you do to stay visible and safe running during the early morning or after dark? Two lucky ladies will win.
The details: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 11/23/16 and ends on 11/29/16. We will announce two random winners on our Facebook page on 12/1/16, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $59.95. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.