ORN: 7 miles total, 5 x 1 mile intervals, average 8:15/mile
Another gorgeous fall Saturday on which to run. Sunshine, 53 degrees, no wind...I'll need to remember this during February.
The schedule called for mile repeats, a workout I am coming to enjoy. Times were solid; 8:16, 8:12, 8:21, 8:16 and 8:08. Technique felt smooth.
But that's not what I wanted to write about.
I left work on Thursday a bit after 6:00pm. The sun goes down just a little after 5pm these days, so it was fully dark by the time I was driving home. My favorite running trail crosses the street along the way. As I drove, my mind still on a couple of vexing issues from the work day, I suddently saw a runner, in the street, crossing right in front of me. I hit the brakes and nothing happened. But it was way too close; I was truly rattled.
Why didn't I see the runner? It was dark. And when I finally saw the runner, all I saw was dark shorts, dark shirt and a pony tail. She was virtually invisible. Nothing to reflect my headlights.
Don't do this. Be responsible for your own safety. During the long winter, many of us do most of our running during dark hours before or after work. Here's some simple ways to be reflective.
- Wear a reflective belt. ( more choices )The simplest of solutions...this is why the Army uses it.
- Get a reflective vest. Even more visible
- Best style: Brooks' Night Lite windbreakers, for men; for women
- Cheapest option? Buy some reflective tape and slap it on.
- Use a small blinky light to even add more visibility.
Pass this on to other runners or your local running clubs.
Please be safe as you persevere.