Well it's winter. Still. And that means that I am still running mostly in the dark. Running in the dark offers several challenges, but one of the biggest is that it is less safe for runners due to lowered viability. And I don't just mean what you can see, but also the ability of others (drivers, bikers, other runners) to see you.
There are several safety options out there for dark-thirty runners. Some use blinky lights that clip onto your gear, some use safety vests and others use clip on or wearable reflectors. I've used all these in the past, but have had issues both with bulk, weight and things simply falling off - seriously, I have lost more than a few blinky lights out there. But perhaps my favorite way of being seen out there are Brilliant Reflective Strips.
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Brilliant Reflective Strips are pre-cut sticky reflective strips that you can either stick on or iron on to your clothing and/or gear. They are made with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material and really light up when the light hits them.
You can get the strips in either iron-on or stick-on. Either as super easy to apply. For the stick on (recommended for non-cloth items, but can also be used on cloth) simply peel off the backing of each strip, apply onto a flat, dry surface and press down firmly. That's it! Easy-peasy. The whole process takes literal seconds. (Note: depending on your individual situation, you may have to also add an extra step - remove cat from application area).
For the iron-on, there are just a few more steps, but equally as easy (and this from a girl who is practically allergic to using an iron). Here's what to do:
|4) Place paper towel between iron and strip & iron, 5) Please off plastic, 6) Enjoy new shininess!|
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