Except I missed 2011. And 2010 for that matter. Have I really been slacking that long? My waist says yes.
I thought I would go ahead and post this year because it appears that I will be using some of my equipment. Or at least, should be using my equipment.
Anyways, here is the gear that has a permanent place in my bag:
Headlamp/Flasher: This is the most important piece of equipment in my night running arsenal. It’s about seeing and being seen. The other day I posted myself in action. Here’s a breakdown of my see and be seen equipment:
Flasher: I picked this up from Road Runner sports a couple years ago.
I slap this onto the back strap of my headlamp. It is my attempt to not get run over from behind by some crazy cyclist (LOL). So far it seems to have worked.
Duravision Pro 180 Saftey Light, Road Runner Sports, $8.99
Headlamp: Okay. I went a little overboard with this. But, I do a lot of running where there aren’t streetlights. I also use this guy a lot when I get caught hiking after dark, or just in lieu of a flashlight at home.
This is a tremendous headlamp. It has variable strength LED and Halogen lamps. I can pretty much illuminate a trail like it’s daytime with this lamp. Or blind any cyclist or car coming at me.
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp, REI, $64.95
Here are the two in action:
Reflective vest: Unfortunately, most of the places I like to run (Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park) are closed or off-limits at night (as in get a ticket if caught), so sometimes I have to resort to the Back Bay or along trails that are frequented by cyclists and/or cars. For that, I wear a reflective vest. It’s all about being seen before I get run over:
Nathan Streak Vest, Road Runner Sports, $24.99
I approach night running as an exercise in safety. I slow down a little, turn the iPod volume down a notch, and tune in a little more to my surroundings.