If your after-work schedule is as hectic as your daily work schedule, running in the morning may be the best time of the day to do your weekly runs. Depending on the time of year these early morning runs are often done while it is still dark outside which poses some dangerous running situations that can be corrected with some simple techniques.
One such strategy is to wear a runner’s light. These lights can be laced into your shoelaces or fixed to your head with an adjustable band. Even on well-lit streets the street lamp does not illuminate the entire path. A head lamp can project a light about five feet in front of the runner and depending on the way it is positioned on the head it can light up the next five to six steps you take. The light on the shoe does not provide as much illumination, but both lights let other early morning runners and walkers see you coming and provide a caution sign for drivers when you run through intersections.
When looking for a good headlight, check out the website http://www.princetontec.com/. When I first visited to this site, I thought, “Sure does not look like a runner’s website,” but check out the Outdoor section of the Products page. There are four different types of outdoor headlights to choose from. For Christmas I received the Fuel headlamp from my mother who worries about me running in the dark. This headlamp has a soft head strap that at first I thought would rub, fall or simply bother me as I ran; however, quite the opposite is true. During the winter months I wear a head wrap and when I place the headlamp on the wrap I barely notice it’s there.
The lamp requires 3 AAA batteries that come with it when purchased. The lamp has a burn time of 146 hours and features 4 Ultrabright LEDs. The large button on top makes it easy to turn the lamp on and off even with gloves on. The cost of the Fuel headlamp is $26.99. The Remix headlamp features a longer burn time, but with a higher price tag of $44.99. The Byte headlamp is also an excellent choice. It is cheaper at $19.99, but smaller than the Fuel and Remix. Why did I get the Fuel? It was middle of the road in cost and features – and it’s what my mother bought!
On my early morning runs with my running partner we typically see the same people at about the same place at the same time every morning. The first morning I wore my headlamp the walker that we regularly meet said, “Nice light. I saw you coming!” My mother was thrilled!