9. Stay Hydrated
After 7–8 hours of sleep, your body will be partially dehydrated. It is a big mistake if you start running without replenishing your fluids. You certainly don’t want water sloshing around in your stomach but if you give it a few minutes to settle, 6–8 cups of water won’t usually cause you any discomfort.
You should also bring with you an electrolyte-rich sports drink to sip along the route. The general rule of the thumb is to drink 3–6 fluid ounces for each mile you run.
Although it is perfectly okay to start your morning run with a cup of coffee, remember that it is a diuretic. Therefore, when planning your morning route, you also need to pinpoint restrooms along the way so that you aren’t forced to run home with a bursting bladder.
10. Wear Reflective Clothing
It is necessary to remain safe while running, especially during daylight savings time as the sun is rising late. To make sure you are fully seen in traffic, wear reflective clothing, including jackets, vests, hats, and even running shoes, to catch the headlights of approaching vehicles.
The best products have bold neon colors glowing in the dark. There are even some with flashing lights that you can switch on and switch off. Moreover, when running along, never leave without your cell phone and always carry some sort of identification with you, such as an ID bracelet and a health insurance card.
You can even download an emergency app, like Kitestring, which contacts all of your emergency numbers at once and provides them with your GPS location. For safety’s sake, it is better to run with others if it is dark outside. If you do run alone, keep to the busier, well-lit public streets until the sun is fully up and other runners are around you.