Most triathletes don't have the opportunity to train when
there is daylight. Winter makes outdoor training all the
more difficult, as there are fewer hours of daylight available.
Since we typically spend our daylight hours working indoors,
then we usually have to run in darkness. Here are a few
tips to help you run at night.
1. Run defensively. Never assume a driver can see you just
because you can see their car.
2. If you have to run on the streets, run facing oncoming
traffic when you are on the roads. This is safer than running
with traffic because you can see oncoming cars and react
to them, and drivers can see you better.
3. Wear a baseball cap. This is not only to retain body
heat, but you can also pull the cap down over your eyes
to avoid being blinded by oncoming car lights.
4. Wear reflectors. Place them on shoes and tights or wear
a reflective vest.
5. Carry a light with you. You can see hazards better and
be more visible.
6. Slow down. This helps you to avoid hazards such as potholes
and sidewalk cracks. Wintertime is also a time to back off
your training and to have fun with friends.