Daylight savings time is finally here so we get to enjoy one more hour of sleep! Although this is great news for most people, daylight savings can complicate things for afternoon runners. Instead of our usual post-work sunlit runs, we’ll end up running in the dark! These 8 tips will help night owls and early birds stay safe during their runs.
8 Tips On How To Stay Safe When Running At Night
Dress in bright colors
Wear reflective gear
Ditch the headphones
Always bring essential items
Know where others are running
Run with a friend
Be aware of surroundings
Consider joining a running club
Tip #1 – Dress up in Bright Neon Colors!
Dressing in bright and neon colors will make you more visible! This is important because during the night, you want cars to be able to see you or anything that might be moving towards you. Avoid wearing dark colors like black and grey.
Tip #2 – Use Reflective Gear
If neon clothing isn’t your thing, do not worry. Instead, you can wear reflective gear. We just released our brand new and revamped FitleticGlo Vest. Our Vest is made of lightweight and ultra-soft fabric, and provides visibility at a distance of 600 ft. This is totally worth it if you’re a runner or biker in the early morning/nighttime. It will allow you to enjoy your workout while keeping you safe!
Tip #3 – Do not use headphones!
This is one of the hardest tips to follow. Who doesn’t love running with music? It just makes your run 1000 times better. Unfortunately, running in the dark requires your full attention. You need to be aware of your surroundings and constantly doing 360 degree turns during your runs. Music can completely distract you from that!
Tip #4 – Always bring your cell phone, ID and pepper spray
Just in case of an emergency, it is always smart to be prepared with your cellphone and ID. You can instantly call anyone if needed, and bringing your ID is always a good idea. Carrying pepper spray is another great safety measure to take to feel more secure. Fitletic’s Hydra 16 Hydration Beltis perfect for those night runs since it has reflective accents for high visibility. You can place your pepper spray on the gel clips and it’s roomy enough to carry all of your other belongings.
Tip #5 – Know where you are running
It is best not to explore new routes at night or dark hours of the day to avoid getting lost. Make sure the path you are running is safe, and always stay in populated areas where there is a lot of light and people outside.
Tip #6 – Partner up or let someone know when & where you are going
Some of the best advice we can give you about running in the dark is to go with a partner. Running with someone is not only safer, but it can also be more fun! Not everyone can count on a running partner, especially at night, so letting someone know when and where you are running if you are running alone is best. That way they can check up on you and make sure you are OK!
Tip #7 – Be Aware of your Surroundings & Change Your Route
When we run, our minds escape reality and we forget about everything happening around us. Although this is one of the greatest things running does for us, it is unfortunately not convenient when running at night. We need to be aware of our surroundings, so changing your route every week can help keep you alert. Making this a habit can keep you safer by providing you a change of scenery.
Tip #8 – Join a running club!
Joining a running club is such a great idea! It will keep you motivated, you will meet a lot of people who share the same hobby as you, and it’s a much safer way to run!
I hope you find these tips helpful! Your safety, comfort, and happiness always comes first to us. Hope you all have an amazing and safe running season, and we would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Make sure to leave them in the comments down below!
As a long-distance runner, you’re no stranger to the struggle of staying hydrated throughout your workout. Although certain climates and temperatures certainly put you at a higher risk of suffering from dehydration, it doesn’t matter where you’re training or what the weather is like—it’s not safe or enjoyable to try and go an entire run without drinking water. Perhaps you’ve recently moved to a rural area with fewer public water fountains along your running route, or maybe you’re simply sick of lugging your heavy water bottle on your runs and are seeking a better solution. No matter the reason behind your search for higher hydration, Fitletic’s hydration belt is the ultimate training tool to take you from base runs to race day.
It’s no secret that carrying anything on a run is a huge pain. From car keys and cash to cell phones and credit cards, you need a belt that can hold more than just energy gels without slowing you down (although our belts have those, too!). That’s why Fitletic’s running belts are specifically designed with you in mind. After years on the market, our hydration belts have evolved to adjust to runners’ needs.
Why YOU Should Choose a Fitletic Hydration Belt
Fits your large smartphone and more
Quick-draw water bottle holsters
Reflective accents for safety
A Large Pouch for Your Smartphone and More
For example, cell phones have increased in size, so have the dimensions of our pouches. Accounting for their cases, each Fitletic hydration belt can accommodate the iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and other similar-sized phones. We believe that every runner should feel safe knowing that their phone is close by in case of an emergency—having access to music, podcasts, and audiobooks doesn’t hurt either!
Quick-Draw Bottle Holsters
The most important element to a hydration belt is undoubtedly its water bottles. No one wants to deal with leakage or lose their containers because they aren’t properly secured. That’s why our water bottles and holsters completely eliminate leaking and are guaranteed to remain tightly fastened throughout your run, no matter the speed or distance. Fitletic hydration belts feature two eight-ounce water bottles with quick-flow race caps for single-handed use. BPA-free and dishwasher friendly, our water bottles are safe to use and easy to clean. Our quick-draw holsters sit on the side of the belt and include bungee cords that loop around the necks of the bottles for added stability.
Made of neoprene fabric—a synthetic rubber most commonly used to make scuba suits—Fitletic’s hydration belts are designed to keep your valuables safe from sweat and light rain. Push yourself during your workout in the humidity or an afternoon rain shower without the fear of causing water damage to your cell phone and credit cards.
Reflective Accents for Added Safety
We know that your commitment to training means you’re willing to put in miles at all hours of the day. Whether you’re hitting the pavement before dawn to ensure that you get a full workout in before heading into the office or trying to fit in a run before you call it a night, running in the dark can be a major safety hazard. The reflective accents on Fitletic’s hydration belts protect you when sharing the road with sleepy drivers and cyclists at odd hours.
What Makes Fitletic’s Hydration Belt Superior?
Integrated bib toggles
Soft dual-adjust waist
With all the hydration belts on the market, it’s hard to decide which features are crucial and which designs will work best for you. But what if we told you it’s possible to have all the essential elements that make up an incredible hydration belt, plus more? Fitletic has taken countless runners’ recommendations and spent years perfecting its current model. Long gone are the days of running belts worn around the waist—our cutting-edge design fastens around the hip bones in a way that eliminates bouncing altogether. In fact, Fitletic was the first company to release a hip-hugging hydration belt, ever. And no other running company packs all of the same features into one belt like we do. Still not convinced? Read on to discover Fitletic’s unique hydration belt elements that set us apart from the competition.
You know those silicone strips around the ankles of your favorite pair of running leggings that are there so they don’t slide up when you’re moving? Imagine those silicone grippers lining your running belt so it doesn’t bounce around while you’re on your run. Now pinch yourself, because you’re not dreaming—Fitletic has incorporated this simple, yet brilliant design into all of its hydration belts so you can run far and wide, completely bounce free.
Integrated Bib Toggles
You’ve heard it time and time again—you’re going to race like you train, so you better train like you race. We recognize that our hydration belt isn’t just for the days leading up to your competition, it’s a big part of your race day too! That’s why we added easy-to-use bib toggles to attach your number tag. Just loop the cords through your bib holes and secure tightly—goodbye, fussy safety pins!
Ultra Soft Dual-Adjust Waist
We believe your running gear should never be working against you. That’s why our Ultra Soft Dual-Adjust Waist is made of a material that stretches with you as you move. Unlike other companies that use synthetic webbing in their belts, Fitletic was the first to come up with a hydration belt strap that is made of elastic webbing. Our belts are available in S/M and L/XL sizes with two regulators that allow you to adjust the belt further into a bigger or smaller size so it fits you just right.
Exclusive Dura-Comfort Technology
Thanks to our materials, shape, and construction, we can’t even think of how to improve our hydration belt to fit better. Fitletic’s belt design is the ultimate way to carry water, which adds a lot of weight, especially when the bottles are full. Dura-Comfort technology means we’ve found a way to make our belts both durable and comfortable—it’s simply the best way to wear hydration available today!
Grab Your Fitletic Hydration Belt and Get Running!
Whether you’re looking to increase your hydration during your runs or simply find a better running belt for your training needs, Fitletic’s hydration belts have everything you need when training for your next big race.
Hydra 16 Hydration Belt
Our Hydra 16 Hydration Belt takes the traditional style of a water-bottle-equipped running belt and elevates it with advanced features that distinguish Fitletic’s products. With an eight-ounce bottle and exterior energy gel loop on either hip, just strap on the Hydra 16 and you’ll be ready to go for miles—literally! If you’re looking for something with a little less weight, the Hydra 12 Hydration Belt holds two six-ounce bottles. “During the last few miles of a race it’s so critical to have hydration with me every step of the way. I’ve bonked on a race before and it’s the worst feeling ever. Thanks to Fitletic, I had some extra gels packed in my hydration belt that saved me so I could finish another race!” – Nathan Maxwell
Fully Loaded Water and Gel Belt
We get it, carrying water on your run isn’t always your top priority. Sometimes carrying other items—like energy gels—is more important. If replenishing your carbohydrate stores is a higher priority during your mileage, consider Fitletic’s Fully Loaded Water and Gel Belt. With a twelve-ounce water bottle on one side and four exterior energy gel loops on the other, this belt is perfect for those who need the gear to support their fuel intake. “Some ultraruns are easier than others. Having all my nutrition and hydration at my center of gravity allows my arms to help balance over precarious terrain. Knowing I have that extra gel or electrolyte easily accessible gives me peace of mind so I can concentrate on the task at hand.” – Rob Marens So, what are you waiting for? Grab one of Fitletic’s state-of-the-art hydration belts today!
August is officially around the corner and you’re doing your best to stay cool, we totally get it and we’re with you! We’ve put together a few bullet points that will keep you motivated to drink as much water as possible this Summer:
Reasons to Drink Water:
Regulates body temperature
Transports food throughout the body
Assists in delivering glucose to the muscles
Helps remove toxins and waste from the body
Maintains blood volume and blood pressure
Cushions and lubricates joints
Keeps blood thin and circulating
Drinking Water Results In:
Peak muscle function
More comfort during exertion
This is why Fitletic is so dedicated to developing superior hydration packs. Staying hydrated during exertion, especially in the heat, doesn’t just improve performance and comfort, it is critical for safety and health. We want to meet all your hydration needs and let you go totally hands-free while you do it! Ideally, you should be made up of a certain percentage of water, just like body fat percentage and muscle mass. It comes down to the numbers, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50%-75%. To get really technical, bodybuilding.com states that water makes up nearly 85% of your brain, about 80% of your blood and about 70% of your lean muscle. The thing about water is that you can’t replace it with something else. In fact, many of the beverages we drink do the opposite and actually steal water from the body instead of increase the amount. If all of the positives such as the reasons to drink water and what drinking water results in doesn’t motivate you, let’s flip the coin and look at the other side. Being dehydrated is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue, a 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty with basic math, and difficulty completing basic tasks. Without the proper amount of water, your body’s circulation can even falter. If you’re dehydrated, odds are your body is not even burning as much fat as it’s able to if hydrated correctly. If you’re into taking care of yourself and part of the self-love craze, look no further. One of the biggest and best beauty tips from models to actresses to everyday people is to drink water, water, water. Not only does it leave your skin dewy and smooth, it can leave your body odor smelling fresh, your breath better, and your hair and nails stronger. Water does just about everything you want that we pay oodles of dollars for in powders, creams and serums. Invest in becoming aware of your water intake and be prepared to see greater results. This quick fix is no joke! Fitletic is here to assist in your quest for proper hydration. Just check out our products today and you’ll be amazed at the variety of options both in function and aesthetics. Happy Summer shopping, athletes!
If you’re not following National Geographic on Instagram, now’s a good time to start. They offer up many visual examples of how humans are hurting the planet. They bring awareness and education directly to those unaware of how their personal products and habits are effecting our planet. Not all are guilty, many are simply uneducated about what it means to be green. If we can create conversation about the problem, we can become mindful about our actions and together make the choice to keep our planet happy and healthy. It wasn’t the first time it hit me, but it was the first time I felt overwhelmingly frustrated about the state of my own habits… National Geographic had posted a picture of a baby seahorse grasping to a cotton swab. The size of the cotton swab is way bigger than the seahorse and they are co-existing as one entity in the ocean. It was a huge wake-up call. Even my cotton swabs were harmful. What else was I missing and were there solutions? As an avid runner, I’ve always felt the sport is environmentally-friendly. After all, it’s you, your sneakers, and the ground beneath you, right? Well, sort of. There’s a huge difference between running on your own 3-5 times a week and being a participant in a marathon event. Marathons have come a long way from being harmful to our planet. However, they were not always so eco-conscious. It’s the plastic cups from water stations that are problematic. According to The New York Daily News, at the New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners association uses 21,600 bottles of water for the Marathon Eve Dinner. As for race day beverages, there are 1.6 million cups of water used on the course. Enter Fitletic Hydration Accessories. We have created solutions for this very serious environmental problem. Of course everyone needs to be and stay hydrated during a marathon. How you hydrate and what you use to hydrate, however, is a larger issue – and one that can be solved. Fitletic has created Hydration Gear made by runners, for runners. Tried and true gear with a genuinely loyal customer base, Fitletic gives runners the opportunity to do their part in being green on race day. Not only do our accessories allow runners to lessen the amount of cups used, Fitletic also gives runners the choice of when to drink water and not to waste excess water. First, the Fitletic Hydration Belt comes in two sizes, the first holds two 6 oz bottles and the second holds two 8 oz bottles. The bottles are BPA free and they’re dishwasher safe. The dynamically designed waist belt doesn’t ride up or bounce and unlike most other belts, it will stay in place while you’re running a marathon. In addition to solving the harmful water cups issue, it also includes storage for your essentials, smartphone, and gel loops – plus it even has integrated toggles. The large pouch fits iPhone8 +, Samsung Galaxy S8 and other similar sized phones – with a thin case. The Ultra soft Dual-Adjust waist bet also has an interior pocket to securely hold ID and Credit Cards. Our second option for runners participating in marathons is the Fully Loaded Water and Gel Belt. This is a gel carrier and water bottle belt in one. The Fully Loaded carries a high-capacity BPA-free water flask with an easy-flow spout. The belt fits the same sized phones as the Hydration Belt. This brings us to our third accessory: The Hydration Hand Holders may be just what you’re looking for. The first option is the Hydrapalm Bottle Hand Holder that is a palm-held water bottle that dual functions as a smartphone holder. It contains a water-resistant neoprene pouch that fits the same iPhones as the previously mentioned accessories. It also has dual zippers that allow for easy access to phone and essentials in addition to the true touch window that’s audio friendly. The second option is the Hydra Pocket Hydration Band. Along with having the same features as the Hydrapalm, the Hydra Pocket has a lightweight mesh pouch that holds small essentials like your ID or CCs. Now that we’re all totally aware of the stats, the problem and the obvious solutions, don’t just go for the gold on race day, go green as well. Sometimes we need to see something for ourselves or understand how something we do that’s small (like drinking water from plastic cups) when added up, can create a huge problem for the environment. Do you remember your first experience seeing something or reading about an issue that had to do with the environment that really hit a nerve for you? The cups situation at marathons luckily has a solution, find a Fitletic hydration belt or Hydra Hand Held today that speaks to you and go for the gold while being green!