I don't know why I'm surprised when it gets so dark; you'd think this was my first year running and not my fourth. I did buy two reflective flashing lights a couple of months ago - they are magnetic and can be clipped anywhere. I usually have one on the front and back hem of my shirt. They work, but I'd like to be a little more visible - I don't particularly need a headlamp to see, I just want drivers to see me.
My reflective flashing lights - I bought some for Jeff, too, but his are boring old yellow triangles.
I do all the standard safety things when running on the road - namely, I run facing traffic, and I stick to less-traveled areas. But the fact remains that a driver is not expecting to see a pedestrian in the road, even on the side...and especially in the dark, so it's up to me to make myself known. My inaction about this (based mainly on the cost, but also on the thought that we only run in the winter-dark months for a short time) ends this year - and I'll be getting something to make Jeff more visible as well. I feel like we've played the runner's version of Russian Roulette long enough and it's time to act like responsible adults when it comes to safety and visibility. Besides, if my (adult) kids were running in the dark, I'd be harassing them to wear this stuff...so why aren't we?
Here are some options I'm considering:
This reflective strappy thing - I like the idea because I could wear it over any of my tops, and it seems less bothersome than a full vest:
Details here - only con I can think of is that if I wore it over a jacket and got hot, I'd have to stop, take it off, take the jacket off and tie it around my waist, and put this back on.
Both of my running jackets are fairly dark - one is dark purple and the other is turquoise. Neither have any reflective bits on them. I could buy this new Nike Shield jacket:
But at $350 it's not an option. And seriously, Nike...who is your market for this? I know a lot of runners, but not one of them would spend that much money on a running jacket!
Another option, and slightly more affordable, is the Brooks Nightlife series - my neon yellow running shoes are part of that series, and while they are reflective, they're pretty low to the ground when it comes to visibility to drivers. I like both their jacket and half zip tops, and I think they'd work well in low light, but I'm not entirely convinced they'd be seen in the dark:
The bonus would be that the neon yellow would match my running shoes...
I'm considering Knuckle Lights, too:
They're sold in pairs and the cheapskate in me wonders if Jeff could wear one while I wear the other?
Any other ideas? I'm going to buy some of this gear in the next week, so please speak up if you think I've missed something - thanks!