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10 tips to help you stay safe running in the dark


The season for running in the dark has arrived. Along with holiday candy comas and face-stuffing festivities, we endure the challenge of keeping up with fitness while battling shorter days and low-light conditions. Don’t fear the darkness! Get out there! But first…

Check out these 10 tips to help you stay safe and seen while running in the dark:

BE BRIGHT – We can all thank the running industry for continuing to offer head-to-toe options flashing back to the neon colors of the 80s. Thank goodness! Wearing the most illuminating colors on the run is the brightest move you can make. The science behind how our eyes react to color is fascinating. Bright yellow is best for dusk while neon green is a more visible color as eyes adjust to the darkness. Of course once it’s pitch black, those neon colors are ineffective and the retroreflective pieces take over. A car’s headlights pick up the mirror-like surfaces of the reflective material, making you shine like the star you are! (Want to geek out about the science of colors and how fluorescents work? Read this.)

Here I am wearing the Brooks Bolt Jacket and Bolt Hat.
Love these fun, reflective accessories like wrap bracelets and headbands too!
eat happy run healthy reflective running in the dark

Oh, and I just ordered one of these bad ass lighting/reflective vests to try — the Tracer360 from NOXGEAR. A fellow November Project member was wearing one at a workout, and the functionality looked awesome. I’ll report back.

GET LIT – Now that cars and cyclists can see you, let’s make sure you can see the road. Headlamps are


seattle’s best running routes

running maps in seattle

You know what makes me giddy like a schoolgirl? The fact that I’ve started receiving emails from some of you reading my blog! While it may seem like it’s no big deal, it’s kind of like receiving a Barbie Dreamhouse for Christmas when you’re 4.  I mean, maybe not AS cool, but what it says is A) you’re reading this crazy blog and B) it’s incredibly beneficial for me to hear your opinions, understand what inspires you, and know what you could stand to never read again. A sincere THANK YOU coming your way — you all rock!

Recently, I’ve had emails from folks asking me to share my favorite running places in Seattle. After cutting and pasting the email a few times, the thought crossed my mind to go ahead and share them with the rest of you. Total duh moment!

Seattle is loaded with trails, parks, and walking paths offering endless options to get your run on. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or setting your sites on becoming a Seattleite, these maps offer perfect starting lines for you lace up, head out, and explore some of the picturesque views this city has to offer. Here are 11 of Seattle’s BEST running routes delivered straight to you!

DOWNTOWN: Seattle waterfront with 180° of Puget Sound

 Alaskan Way Running Route Seattle

BALLARD: salty sea air and a hip ol‘ maritime town 

Ballard Running Route

FREMONT: home to Brooks Running and the troll

Brooks Running Fremont running loop6.4 MILE LAKE UNION LOOP
Lake Union Running Loop

GREEN LAKE: a total running hot spot

2.8 MILE GREEN LAKE INNER LOOPGreen Lake Inner Loop Seattle Running

10 things I wish I knew before I started running

Starting a running program isn’t a difficult process. Clothes on, shoes laced, and out the door we go. Easy, right? My first steps went something like that. I think I also ran for 30 seconds, breathing like an overheated dog and second-guessing my sanity. I’ve learned a lot since then. The good news is I lived through it, became a runner, and now I love sharing what I’ve learned along the way with others who are beginning their own running journeys!

Here’s my list of 10 things I wish I knew before I started running:

1. BUY GREAT SHOES: If you buy nothing else before beginning a new running program, invest in a great pair of running shoes. Take it from someone who worked in the running shoe industry for almost 15 years – it’s worth the investment. Think of them as your float equipment – your running life preserver. Shoes are designed to protect your body and make the run feel a little more cushy. You shouldn’t have to take out a second mortgage to buy them, but do expect to pay anywhere from $90-$150 for a good shoe. How will you know what to buy? Find your local running store and let them take you through a proper fit process. It’s the best way to meet your sole mate. Then, crown them your “running only” shoes. By giving them that special purpose, your body will feel fresh when you put them on, and they’ll last longer. In the words of Forrest Gump…