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Don't be afraid of the dark

 

I hate turning my clock back for daylight savings. The first few weeks afterward I’m starving for dinner by 5 p.m. and nodding off on the couch at 10. And the early dusk has another unfortunate side effect: It makes after-work walks and runs more dangerous. If you now find yourself exercising in the dark, follow these safety tips. Have one to add? Please tell me about it!

 

  •  At dawn or dusk, wear clothing that has reflective details or stick a few Firefly High-Viz Stickpak strips to your clothes.
  • If you head outdoors in complete darkness, clip a light to your collar or waistband so drivers will easily spot you. Check out the Brooks Nightlife Magnetic LED light ($15; brooksrunning.com).
  • Always carry an I.D. (a friend of mine sticks one of her business cards in the pocket of her running shorts—smart idea!)
  • Tell someone where you’re going—jot down the time you leave, where you plan on going, and when you think you’ll be back, and leave it by your phone, computer monitor, or on your fridge. 

 

 

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