It's that time of year again folks. When the cold weather and the pull of another box set on the sofa can wreak havock with our training.
But more than that, it's often the dark mornings AND dark evenings that put us off lacing up our trainers and heading out.
6 Tips for Running in the Dark
If you refuse to let daylight saving ruin your training goals then use these 6 easy tips to stay safe when you're running in the dark.
1. Wear Reflective Clothing
Probably the most important thing you can do when running in the dark is make sure you're seen.
Make sure you're wearing brightly coloured, reflective clothing and trainers which will pick up any light around you and help road users spot you.
You could even try and headlight to make sure you can see where you're going.
2. Carry ID
Normally we try to go out with as little stuff in our pockets as possible - not in the dark.
Having some basic ID on you will make it easier for your family and friends get you if did get hurt.
If you don't fancy taking your driving licence or passport out there are lots of products such as the Road iD wristband that make it easy and comfortable.
3. Run Against the Traffic
This one comes straight from The Highway Code which always recommends pedestrians walk against oncoming traffic.
It makes it easier for you to spot vehicles and react to possible danger.
Bare in mind if you are running on roads in the dark you may need to slow your pace - put your safety first and save the PB for the daylight.
4. Bring Your Team
If you're training for Tough Mudder you'll hopefully be training with your team. As the saying goes there's safety in numbers and running with other people means everyone is looking out for eachother.
Can't convince them to join your for an early morning jog? Let someone know your route and when to expect you home.
5. Ditch the Headphones
We know that playlist full of motivational bangers is key to boosting your performance but you may want to leave it at home on those early morning and evening jogs.
In the dark it's best to have all of your senses available and little distraction so that you can keep an ear out for vehicles.
6. Stick to What You Know
Rain, fog and even snow can be an unfortunate side effect of living in the UK and they can reduce visibility even further.
If you think conditions are safe enough for you to run in, then follow a route you know. Familiarity means you're less likely to get lost or tire yourself out, plus someone will know where you are if something goes wrong.
Training in difficult conditions like the dark and cold of winter can be an awesome part of Tough Mudder training (hello mental toughness) but remember that your safety is always more important.