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Still Workin' On My Night Moves

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It's that time of the year... if I want to run before Hubby goes to work - it's dark. If I want to run after hubby gets home  - it's dark.  I thankfully have the option to run when my son is at preschool, but that isn't always a reality. I can also use the treadmill, but well.. we all know that the treadmill isn't called the dreadmill for no reason.

So, that leaves me working on my night moves. If you remember from last year (Workin' on my Night Moves - Fear Of The Dark)  I began running solo in the dark.



It is still a work in progress. I am not afraid to run in the dark with friends, but running alone in the dark still takes a pep talk to get me out the door.

But I have had several people ask me about my vest and my lights that I use when running the dark. 


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I use a Noxgear Tracer 360. It has been one of the best running purchases that I have ever made. There are numerous settings from various colors to flashing lights. Even the flashing lights have several settings. It's bright. The battery life is awesome, and I love the low battery indicator. I think so far I have only replaced the batteries once, and I've used it NUMEROUS times. Like I said, if you run (or cycle) or any outdoor exercise in low light or darkness, I highly recommend that you check out the *affiliate link Tracer360 Visibility Vest *affiliate link. I feel so much safer knowing that I can be seen. Also, where I live, we get a lot of fog, especially in the early mornings. The NoxGear vest gives me added security knowing that I'm more visible than without it. 


Now to light my path... I've never been able to wear a headlamp. I've tried several different ones, but they always gave me a headache. And then I discovered Knuckle Lights. These lights are great! I actually forget that I'm 'carrying' them. So for those of you who don't like to carry things in your hands while you run, I still encourage you to check these out. They've been great for me.

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One thing I have found is that you can use a lot of batteries. So I just remove the batteries after each run, then put them back in before I run again. It takes less than a minute and it's really made a difference (for me) with battery life.

So, there you have it... my go-to items for running in the dark.

Keep in mind, in addition to being seen, and able to see, use common sense and other safety measures when running in the dark. I don't wear headphones. I always wear a road-id. I always make sure that I am running against traffic, and make sure that someone knows my running route. There are also several apps now that have live tracking. In fact, I have live tracking with my Garmin that has worked great so far. And, I personally carry pepper spray.

Now get out there and work on your night moves!



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  1. What a cool idea for night running. I usually just use a headlamp but don't find its enough sometimes!

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  2. Wah to darker days! These look like great products, though! SO important to stay safe!

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    1. I hear ya... it's not easy to get out there in the cold and the dark

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  3. I used the knuckle lights at our Ragnar race both times and they were a life saver.

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    1. I've always wanted to do a ragnar race!

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  4. Be safe out there! I sometimes teach an early morning class and I worry sometimes about being in the dark.

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    1. Yeah, my biggest fear is a bear ha ..

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  5. I always remove the batteries from my Knuckle lights too. I am sure it makes them last longer.

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  6. These are great. I do run in the dark, usually alone, but I don't have lights. I should look into that.

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  7. Mad props to you for being an in-the-dark runner. I've only done it a handful of times. I've heard great things about those knuckle lights!

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    1. I have a little more flexibility this year, but usually my winter runs are in the dark!

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  8. Mine are more early morning moves...I'm a morning runner!

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    1. Well, I guess mine are morning moves too :)

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  9. Great tips for this time of year - I'm struggling with the fact that I want to run before work since it'll be "less dark" than when I come home from work! I need to check out that vest!

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  10. I'm still terrified of the dark...without running haha...but will definitely revisit this if I get over my fears

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  11. I love the knuckle lights but they totally do kill the batteries if you leave them in. I can't tell you how often I grab them after not using them for a while and find dead batteries. I just bought new batteries for mine today in fact LOL.

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    1. Yep, a running buddy told me about taking the batteries out. So I do that after every run. And I keep the batteries next to them in my drawer so when I get ready to use them I have the batteries right there.

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  12. I love to run in the dark as long as I'm not by myself.

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    1. Yep, I don't mind when I have a buddy :)

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  13. Great safety tips!! I will have to check out the knuckle lights. I love it when I can run in the afternoon while my kids are in school. I totally agree about not wearing headphones - its just not worth it.

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    1. I'm usually so tired to run in the afternoon, but I'm trying to mix it up and just run 'when I can'!

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  14. wow I need those knuckle lights! I hate headlamps too and actually wrap my headlamp around my wrist or hand lol so those knuckle lights are perfect, thanks for sharing!!

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  15. I use shoe lights + head lamp + reflective clothes :)

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  16. Definite must have for night running...and don't you love it...dark...no matter what time you want to run, unless it's midday. lol

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