When the temperatures hit the triple digits, many Arizona runners decide to hit the road at night.
During the summertime in Arizona, the temperature can get as high as 120 degrees during the day. Running in such sweltering conditions can be both difficult and dangerous. Therefore, Arizona runners are faced with a dilemma in the summer months. Do they stay inside and run on the treadmill or do they run at night?
Many hardcore runners do not like to spend a lot of time on the treadmill. These runners like the sense of accomplishment they feel when they make it from Point A to Point B. Running in place on a treadmill and staring at a television in the local fitness center is just not the same.
Running at night is often the better option for many fitness enthusiasts. In the Phoenix area there are many well-lit areas that can provide a pleasing running experience. For example, many parks have nighttime softball games and there are often paths in these parks that runners can use. Just watch out for homeruns and foul balls.
Another option is mall parking lots. These parking lots are typically lit all night and most have some type of security surveillance for a little added peace of mind while running at night. Some of these malls even have music playing over their parking lot speakers.
Of course, there are also the street sidewalks. In Phoenix and its various surrounding cities, many streets are well illuminated with street lights. Before running down these streets at night, it is a good idea to make sure you know the area.
There are some precautions that runners should take no matter where they decide to run at night. It is a good idea to cover a route during the day before running it at night. This will enable the runner to get an idea of any potholes or other hazards that might be more difficult to see at night.
It is also highly recommended that runners wear light-colored clothing at night. A street may be well lit but it can still be difficult for drivers to see pedestrians dressed in dark clothing. Never assume that cars can see you and take extra care when running across a street at night. Running in lower traffic areas is often the best option.
Because a runner’s vision will be slightly impaired while running at night, it is not the time to impair any other senses. It is probably best to leave the headphones at home during night runs. Sometimes your ears can warn you of impending dangers down the road even if your eyes are cannot see them.
Watching a family member head out the door to go for a run at night can be a little unsettling. It is also a good idea to tell loved ones where you will be running and how long you expect to be gone. Going out for a run with a family member or friend may make everyone involved feel a bit more at ease.
Running at night can be a relaxing and satisfying experience. However, it is always important for nighttime runners to remember safety first. It is also important for these runners to remember to drink lots of water. It may be a tad cooler at night but it is still Arizona in the summertime.