Hey guys.. I need your help.. So here’s the deal.. I want to start running in the morning (before school) so that I can go to the gym and focus on other stuff after school..
Seems easy enough, right? WRONG! See.. the thing is that I have to be to school most day by 8am.. (my late day is 10:40am, though we’ll still be there probably closer to 8:30am).. This means that if I want to run, I have to leave myself a good.. uh.. we let’s figure this out..
Monday & Friday: Need to be in by 8:10am.. Need to leave home by 7:40am.. Need to be out of the shower by 7:20.. Need to be in the shower by 7:10.. Need 30mins to run 3 miles (to be on the safe side).. Means I need to have my foot out of the door by 6:35am.
Tuesday & Thursday: Even worse. Need to be in by about 7:40am.. Leave by 7:20 (the earlier you’re on the road the less time it takes you to get anywhere.. oh Detroit..).. In shower by 6:50, 4 mile run.. means I need to be leaving my porch by 6am..
Alright.. so that seems a little crazy.. but I feel like I’ll love being up and about before everyone else.. ESPECIALLY when I set the delay on my coffee maker and get out of the shower to freshly brewed coffee!
OK. So I mentioned that I needed your help.. and I do.. because I know that a lot of you guys run in the A.M. I’m wondering what precautions I should take while running in the morning.. I mean, in the summer we could be up at 5am and have it sunny outside.. but the sunrise is getting later and later here in Michigan and I don’t want to have to worry about getting hit, not being seen, etc.
So I ask you this.. What are your ESSENTIALS when you head out in the morning on a dark run?
Headlamp? Reflection vest? Bright colors? Make sure to carry your phone? Run without headphones? Keep the loop close to home? Run fast?
I really have no idea guys! Please help me out!