NIKE+ RUN CLUB

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TIPS FOR
RUNNING
IN THE DARK

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WHAT TO WEAR, WHERE TO GO AND HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN YOU HIT THE ROAD AT NIGHT (OR EARLY IN THE MORNING)
As much as we'd like to plan our runs for whenever the weather and lighting conditions are best, sometimes our schedules get in the way. You stay at work late, meet friends for lunch or have an early-morning meeting and have no choice but to run in the dark that day... or not run at all. And we all know that's not really a choice, especially if you're training for an upcoming race. But if you're going to run when the sun isn't up, then you need to take a few extra steps to make sure you're doing it safely.

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01 CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE WISELY
Do your best to tread on well-lit streets without much traffic. But if streetlights are in short supply in your neighborhood, it's okay. Simply stick to the sidewalks and/or roads with wide shoulders, if possible. Respect the dark. Don't fear it!

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02 LIGHT YOUR OWN WAY
Running in the dark can make you hyperaware of your surroundings and super focused; however, you should still wear a small, comfortable headlamp that will help you better navigate your route. Even if there are streetlights, it can be difficult to spot all of the small obstacles in your way, and you'll be seriously surprised by how much power that tiny light on your forehead can hold.

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03 FIND SAFETY IN NUMBERS
Hop in on a local NRC training session or ask a friend to join you for your early-morning or evening run. He/she will help hold you accountable and make the miles fly by.

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04 SEE AND BE SEEN
Just as you want to be able to see where you're going in the dark, you also want drivers and cyclists to be able to see you. Wear lightweight reflective apparel that will both keep you warm and illuminate your presence out on the road, like the Nike Shield Pack—all with coloured reflective spots at your biggest points of movement (elbows, ankles, etc.) that flash when hit with headlights.

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MEET THE COACHES For more running inspiration, motivation and advice, follow these NRC coaches on Instagram.

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NRC LONDON COACH BECS GENTRY

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NRC BERLIN COACH JAN FITSCHEN

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NRC BARCELONA COACH NACHO CÁCERES

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NRC BARCELONA COACH NACHO CÁCERES

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RUN WINTER The days might be getting shorter but your runs don't have to. Get the weather-resistant gear you need to stay protected against the elements.