What it looks like when I run...Photo courtesy of Amy
The danger in the dark that I refer to is actually just that-the dark-and the fear of things that can happen when you run in the dark. Like getting hit by a car, tripping on something hidden in a huge pile of leaves, or tripping over the curb while trying to dodge those fallen branches and leaves. And let me tell you...our neighborhood has tons of trees and that makes for tons of leaves covering the sidewalk and street. Like I could probably jump anywhere and land softly and safely into the leaves. I'm not talking a pile that someone has raked up, I'm talking about any random place in the neighborhood. There is also the possibility of twisting my ankle by landing in a leaf-covered grate on the street. The dangers are endless, especially if you are clumsy like me.
It's dark during morning and evening runs, both, so the only daylight running I get is on the weekend. I run on the road, as opposed to the sidewalk, because it's better on my achy knees. And I try to be really cautious and watch for cars and stuff that has gathered up against the curb, but sometimes stuff happens, you know? I've yet to get hit by a car (knock on wood), but I do stumble quite a bit. To make the matters worse, because it's fall and all the leaves have fallen, I sometimes avoid them all together and run on the visible ground, which pretty much puts me in the middle of the road. In the dark. Yeeeeaaaah...that's not too safe.
I usually wear this jacket:Which, as you can see, reflects light pretty well on the front, but I'm not sure it's enough. So my question to you is: Do you have a jacket that does a great job of alerting drivers of a runner up ahead?
What's the alternative? A neon jacket or flashing lights? Please! I have to maintain my cool factor. I have an image to uphold, you know.My other issue (which has to do with Fall and not darkness) is these:
I don't know what they're really called...I've always called them gumballs. And these gumballs get stuck in my shoes. I guess nothing can really be done about this problem...I just felt like venting. So there. (I'd also like to take this time to bitch and vent about my camera that sucks and can't focus.)
In closing, please recommend a jacket for me to wear in the dark before something tragic happens and the ghost of April starts haunting YOU.