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I'm giving serious consideration to dumping my gym membership in favor of running outside all of the time. But, that means I will need to run in the pre-dawn hours. I will definitely need some kind of reflective gear.
Do you recommend a reflective vest or reflective running clothes or both? It'll be in a neighborhood, but I want to make sure that I don't get hit.
A reflective vest and blinkies. I wear one on the front and one on the back. Also a headlamp comes in pretty handy if the streets where you run are not lit. http://illuminite.com/[/URL" target="_blank"> I have the visi-bib and I even have the bandanna for my dog to wear.
Amphipod makes a vest-like reflector thing they call a xinglet. Basically it is all of the reflective parts without the mesh. You see it on their website (http://www.amphipod.com/overview/overview.html).
I'm also partial to clipping a blinking light somewhere on my back and a headlamp in the front. The blinking lights can be purchased for a few dollars at any running store.
Your local running store should have a good selection, but personally I wear some reflective straps on my ankles (made by Brooks). I don't like the vests, but some people run with them without bother, and they work very well. I also run with a small blinking LED light. A reflective cap would also be something I'd consider.
I know you didn't ask for opinions on this, but I think even the most die-hard runner hops on the treadmill every once in awhile. Also, consider what you will do if (god forbid) you get injured and need to cross-train. Just something to keep in the back of your mind while thinking about canceling your gym membership. Of course, if you really aren't going to use the gym it may be cheaper over the long-haul to avoid paying the monthly fees and if you need to use it for a short period, buy a short-term membership.
The more the better! I run with a reflective vest and reflective straps around my ankles and around my elbows. That, combined with any reflective parts of my shoes, pants, and jacket, makes me pretty visible.
I had one lady get out of her car in her driveway one morning and thank me for being so visible. She said I looked like a running Christmas tree.
Originally posted by rochey:
I know you didn't ask for opinions on this, but I think even the most die-hard runner hops on the treadmill every once in awhile.
Only when in a hotel in a strange city where there is no place to run outside. But even that is rare. Once, while in Orlando, I ran briefly on the hotel treadmill one day. The next day I had a 10 miler scheduled and choose to run laps around the hotel through the parking lots. I think it ended up being something over 20 laps, but it was still better than the treadmill.
My gym membership ran out. I think I'm going to try to run exclusively outside and alternate w/ yoga for strength training. I have to workout before 5:30am... and the only gym that opens at 4:30am is a 15-20 min ride. If this doesn't work out, I think I may buy a treadmill. We shall see.
RoadID has some stuff. I bought the Supernova blinking light and it works well. I also use a couple of reflective armbands.
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Even with reflective gear, you need to watch for cars. I find that some drivers are ATTRACTED to lights/reflective stuff and will steer towards it. Run facing traffic and be ready to jump off the road.
Illuminite gear is very good for running in the dark. You can find it at Revel Sports online. I have the jacket and pants, and a winter hat. The clothes are very visible in the dark when headlights shine on you, from pretty far away also. The clothes are well made and comfortable also. I would highly recommend it. I use the headlamp, vest and a blinking light on the back of my hat if I am not wearing the illuminite gear.
Please wear reflective gear higher than just your ankles. I mention this bcz the other day i was driving and some guy was running in the road (no sidewalk at this pt.) I saw him when he was maybe 5 ft. away bcz he only had the reflectors on his shoes. It just was not in my line of sight. Now he was on the opposite side of me so no big deal for me, but near the ankle just was not good enough.
I also recommend a blinking light of some sort as well bcz reflectors are not always enough. Again, I was driving, was stopped at a light about to make a right hand turn when this runner comes running by my car (he turned, did not go straight in front of me) and I thought "dumbazz should have a reflector vest or something on since it is dark." Turns out, he did. I could clearly see it as he got to the side of my car, but could not see it bcz the lights on my car did not hit him at a good angle. Again in this case no big deal bcz I would ahve had to stop anyway bcz I was at a red light (and if it were a green light it would be his fault if he ran into my car...still would suck, but still not my fault.) But again, reflective vest on its own just not enough.
Yep, I own a reflective vest and a blinking Cateye taillight (for my bicycle too) that I attach to the strap of my visor on the back of my head. The more the better!!
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Road ID has some great stuff. I have the blue LED blinking light. I have had people yell that they thought I was the "blue light special" at K-mart. I still have not connected with ET. Nick