Night Running Tips (AKA my first attempt at a blog "link-up")

While I have been blogging since 2011, I recently moved my DC Dana world to this new website and have yet to pull all my old content here, so it's sort of like I'm new to blogging. 

And since I haven't had time to visit a ton of other blogs lately because my life is Tom-Cruise-jumping-on-the-couch levels of crazy right now, it's sort of understandable that I don't fully understand all the bloggy things about blogging, right? Like the fact that:

I don't actually understand how a "link-up" works.

There, I said it. But darn it, I'ma try it anyway because I found this today:

"This week's writing prompt: Tips for Night Races.  If you don't have anything to share about Night Racing, feel free to post any running related blog post.  Link-up with PattyErika, and Marcia!"

and I DO have things to share about night racing because I've now done about four of them (Ragnar Relay, Run Now Relay (a one-time insane thing I did that is described in my book), the Electric Run and the Glow in the Dark 5K Dance Party ). 

So I'm going to attempt to do this link up thing, but I'm probably doing it wrong and I think I'm supposed to put this on here

Because that's what the other bloggers who are linking-up are doing, but then again maybe I'm not supposed to put that and I've just violated copyright infringement and my whole blog may be taken down momentarily. Only time will tell. (Feel free to de-link me [un-link me? dis-link me?] if I'm totally screwing this up, PattyErika, and Marcia).

In the meantime: Here are my tips!

1. Wear reflective things- even if you have to steal them from the emergency responder stash at the school you work for:

Which is what my Ragnar DC 2012 teammates did. But hey - it worked. I also once clipped a bike reflector onto the back of my vest to add another piece of blinking "flair" -- do whatever it takes to make sure you're seen!

Which is what my Ragnar DC 2012 teammates did. But hey - it worked. I also once clipped a bike reflector onto the back of my vest to add another piece of blinking "flair" -- do whatever it takes to make sure you're seen!

2. Buy a headlamp, and then be prepared for a little bit of a learning curve using it because the light bounces around a bit and only illuminates the spot right in front of you, unless you turn your head, then you can no longer see what's in front of you and you've probably blinded someone else by shooting a beam of light straight into their face.

Giving the "We are still alive!" sign after a head-lamped night run around the outskirts of New York City during the Run Now Relay. 

Giving the "We are still alive!" sign after a head-lamped night run around the outskirts of New York City during the Run Now Relay. 

3. Find night races that encourage silliness:

I may or may not be in the photo above. And I may or may not be wearing wings and a tu tu...

Bonus points if you find a race that includes a g-rated rave afterwards.

Bonus points if you find a race that includes a g-rated rave afterwards.

4. Commence silliness

Pro Tip: TU TUs CAN ALSO BE REFLECTIVE! What a wonderful world we live in..

Pro Tip: TU TUs CAN ALSO BE REFLECTIVE! What a wonderful world we live in..

5. Lastly, in all seriousness, be safe. Have a buddy or download an app that allows you to share your route or that sends for help if you stop moving. They exist and they are worth it. Carry a phone, watch for cars, don some day-glow paint and then go have fun.