Key Essentials For Running In The Dark

When running in the dark make sure you have the right running essentials to keep yourself safe.

Whether you run in the early morning or evening when it's dark, be sure to take some key essential items with you to stay safe and seen. #runner #running #runninginthedark #blackgirlsgun

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary GoVivo reflective vest and running belt for the purposes of this review and giveaway.  As always, all opinions are my very own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Depending on the time of year you may find yourself running in the dark.  Whether it be early morning or evening, be sure to keep these running essentials on hand to stay safe.

I enjoy running but the only time I really have time to run outdoors is early in the morning before the sun rises in the dark.

I have been running in the dark for years without the right equipment which isn’t safe so let me share some key essentials everyone needs for running in the dark.

Don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made.  It could cost you your life.

Run with friends

I wouldn’t recommend running in the dark alone outside.  It’s a safety issue in particular for women.

Not just from being mugged or worse, but if you fall out or start having health trouble it is smart to have someone with you who can assist you.

Also there’s safety in numbers.

Be seen running

Drivers are out all throughout the morning, day and night.  When drivers are driving in the dark, even with headlights runners can be difficult to see.

Especially if wearing dark colored running clothes.  To solve this issue be sure to run with reflectors on or with lights.

I’ve personally used knuckle lights and the GoVivo Reflective Vest.  It’s excellent because when the car’s headlights hit on the vest the driver can easily see the person ahead of him/her walking or running and can avoid them.

GoVivo Reflective Vest

Protect yourself running

Run with mace or some other self defense mechanism to ward off any possible attacks.

I have mace which I carry with me and have not had to use it ever but better safe than sorry.  The GoVivo Running Belt is excellent to hold your mace, keys and phone comfortably.

At least that is what I run with and it has enough space to hold all of those items.

GoVivo Running Belt

I demonstrate how to put on the GoVivo Reflective Vest and Running Belt.  Check it out.

Where To Buy:

You can purchase your own Reflective Vest and Running Belt on

What other tips would you offer up to anyone planning to run outdoors in the dark?

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36 Replies to "Key Essentials For Running In The Dark"

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    Maryann D. March 8, 2016 (1:43 pm)

    I would prefer to run or walk in the morning.

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    Candace Galan-Calderon
    March 8, 2016 (1:44 pm)

    I prefer running in the morning!

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    Darlene Cruz
    March 8, 2016 (1:55 pm)

    I prefer early morning when it’s still dark and have to be attentive either the traffic, bikes, or joggers.

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    laurie damrose March 8, 2016 (1:55 pm)

    I like to go out as early as possible!I walk to the bus stop furthest from my home.

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    Nicole DiCicco March 8, 2016 (1:58 pm)

    Early morning runs/walks are the best because it feels like you have the whole world to yourself!

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    Natalie March 8, 2016 (2:22 pm)

    I definitely prefer morning runs! I like to start my day with a good run.

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    Robin Hillyer-Miles March 8, 2016 (2:24 pm)

    I love early morning walk/jogs but my son’s school now starts at 7 a.m. so we cut it close getting everything done with just getting out of bed at 5! I’m hoping when time changes I’ll keep getting up at 5, which will be 4, which will give me an extra hour to work out!

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    Tracy Heyer March 8, 2016 (2:27 pm)

    I prefer to run during the evening time.

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    sandra March 8, 2016 (3:05 pm)

    late afternoon when it’s starting to cool off but not dark

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    steph March 8, 2016 (3:46 pm)

    I much prefer mornings!

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    laura g March 8, 2016 (3:52 pm)

    I like to run in the morning when everything is nice and fresh

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    Heidi Spittler March 8, 2016 (5:00 pm)

    I prefer to run in the morning, it’s the time of day I have the most energy !

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    Richard Brandt March 8, 2016 (10:34 pm)

    I prefer to run in the morning before it gets too warm.

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    Aaron March 9, 2016 (12:31 am)

    I prefer running at night.

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    Carly Williams March 9, 2016 (9:10 am)

    I prefer to run in the morning!

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    Laura P March 9, 2016 (10:07 am)

    If I had my choice, my ideal running time would be like 8am lol. Since that doesn’t always work out I’m usually a 5am runner with my friends. We wear headlamps and reflective gear so I’m usually not too worried. I should carry mace though, i always forget it.

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    Nicole Sender March 10, 2016 (1:37 am)

    I prefer to run in the afternoon except during the summer and then I run in the morning.

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    Cynthia Sizemore March 10, 2016 (6:40 am)

    I prefer running in the early morning before the streets are busy but I do run at night sometimes.

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    Vera K March 10, 2016 (7:43 am)

    Early in the AM works best for me.

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    Ken C March 14, 2016 (4:55 pm)

    In the mornings or sometimes near sunset

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    DJ March 14, 2016 (9:38 pm)

    I prefer in the morning.

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    March 16, 2016 (10:13 am)

    I run in the early morning mostly – but if I miss, possibly in the afternoon!

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    Marty C March 16, 2016 (2:07 pm)

    Evening — not so much by choice, as that the only time I have to run is after the kids are tucked in and my husband’s home to watch them.

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    March 16, 2016 (4:22 pm)

    Early morning before my hubs and the kids are up is my best time for running! Either that, or I’m out with the double jogger later that day 🙂

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    Andrea Darst
    March 16, 2016 (7:49 pm)

    I prefer afternoons, hopefully still in time to enjoy nice weather and see sunset!

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    liz l March 16, 2016 (10:55 pm)

    Early morning for me- 5ish

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    Jen March 18, 2016 (10:11 am)

    I’m a nighttime runner! I hate mornings almost as much as I hate the heat! In the winter times, I usually am a mid-day runner.

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    Sonya Sanderson March 19, 2016 (1:29 am)

    I prefer the morning.

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    Ruy M. March 22, 2016 (10:15 pm)

    I like to go for a jog in the morning.

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    Brenda G. March 23, 2016 (9:51 am)

    Evening right before the sun goes down so I can see the sunset.

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    beth March 23, 2016 (11:06 am)

    I like running late afternoon/early evening.

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    Christy March 23, 2016 (2:13 pm)

    I usually run early evening but early morning for my long run. Often my family will go out and run together after dark!

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    aaron reck March 23, 2016 (2:29 pm)

    It doesn’t really matter to me. I guess I’ll run super early morning or very late at night when it is the coolest. Thanks so much. Need this.

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    Paol Trenny March 23, 2016 (5:54 pm)

    I like to run in the morning and a long walk in the evening.

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    Shay March 23, 2016 (8:54 pm)

    Early morning is my favorite.

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    Tamra H March 24, 2016 (3:15 pm)

    I like going in the morning before it gets too warm in the summer time.