5 ways to stay safe while running in the dark

Safety comes first.

Written by Georgia Chappell

January 17, 2021

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It’s safe to say that running in the dark with your fave music can make you feel like the main character. But we can’t forget just how dangerous it can be. It’s important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and ensure your safety. Because why should you have to stop doing what you love? So, whip out your fave gym wear, create a playlist of your fave songs and get running late at night. We have 5 ways to stay safe while running to ensure your safety.

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What to wear when running at night?

This is simple. Wrap up warm in a puffer jacket, leggings, a gym top and your fave trainers. Don’t forget to wear something that’s high res to ensure traffic can see you.

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notify your friends of your location

Wherever you plan on running too, make sure that you inform your friends and family of your location at all times. You can utilise apps such as Find My Friends, so your loved ones can rest safe knowing they have an eye on you while you complete your run.

how to stay safe while running in the dark

Don’t listen to your music too loud

We know. Listening to loud music while running at night time can really make you feel like the main character. But, it just isn’t safe. Turning your music down so you can at least focus on your surroundings, can really help you to notice what is going on around you and decreases the risk level of running in the darkness.

how to stay safe while running in the dark


Alright, we get it. This kind of ruins the whole ‘running in the dark’ idea. But, we argue that running with spotlights above you will really add to your world tour scenario you play out in your head while running. It’s a win-win really.

how to stay safe while running in the dark

Wear high res clothing

If you are planning your jog at night, whatever you do, don’t wear all black. You might think that it’s a good thing to be invisible. But you need to make sure oncoming vehicles can see you, or it could cause a serious accident. Check out some of our bright and reflective clothing at Missguided to save the day while you’re running in the dark.

how to stay safe while running in the dark

carry an alarm + pepper spray

Just in case of an emergency, it’s always a good idea to have a personal alarm and pepper spray on hand while running in the dark. There are loads of websites that sell cute and discrete pairs. Check out this inexpensive pair here. There is nothing wrong with ensuring your safety; that’s all that matters.

how to stay safe while running in the dark

We move – new activewear at msgd

Treat yourself to some new activewear to start 2021 off right. Nothing motivates more than a new outfit. Go for gym leggings, sports bras, leotards and remember to wrap up warm in a puffer jacket. Check out our top faves from the collection below click the button above to shop the full collection for running in the dark.

If you are in desperate need of some winter accessories, check out our article on winter accessories you need this lockdown to spice up the colder season.