While running at nighttime, it is best to make use of all your senses, not just your vision. In the dark your sense of sight is actually adversely affected, which means you want to use your sense of hearing as much as you can to enable you to remain alert for the duration of your night time runs and headphones can sidetrack you.
Make sure you therefore withstand the temptation of wearing earphones to enjoy your music on the cellphone while running outdoors. Blocking off your sense of hearing leaves you at a disadvantage. You are unable to listen to oncoming motor vehicles, cyclists yelling at you to move, dogs barking, or almost every other possible threat.
However, If you cant resist the need to tune in to your music then make sure you only use just one earbud and keep the sound level at a minimum so that the second ear can still hear what’s taking place around you e.g. oncoming motor vehicles, trains and even people.
As outlined by research from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, accidents concerning pedestrians wearing earbuds who were subsequently struck by motor vehicles and trains have grown threefold in the last six years. The most terrible part is that in 70 percent of those occurrences, the runner or pedestrian was killed.
Night running is often about feeling primal, to be one with nature, and listening to your body’s movements. Make the most out of your experience by keeping aware, vigilant, and calm.