Dark and Stormy Miles

Yesterday I had five miles on the schedule after work and of course it decided to completely downpour just about the moment I hit 1.5 miles. I ended up running about three miles in the rain and wind before it cleared up, but that was honestly not too bad.

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When I started the run it was 88*F/31*C with a feels like temp of 96*F/35*C.  Hot and muggy is NOT a good combination so I actually welcomed the rain even though I really hate soggy running shoes!

Since there was no sun and I had to run 5 miles at my easy pace, by the time I was ready to run my last mile it was dark out. I run a four mile loop at the beach, so I ran by my car and picked up my Glow Guard running vest for the final mile.

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Mike from 3 Rivers Trading Company reached out to me a couple of weeks ago about trying out this awesome reflective vest. In exchange for a review he kindly made a donation to my Team PAWS fundraiser for the Chicago Marathon.

I’ve never had a reflective running vest before and I don’t know what I was thinking. Part of my beach loop has a short stretch with low lighting. I always see other runners with reflective gear on but I guess I wanted to be a rebel. Not anymore!

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There are a lot of cool things about this particular vest including:

  • Adjustable height and width straps to accommodate all body types
  • A small mesh pocket to carry keys, GU or other light items
  • SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT – I honestly couldn’t even feel it on
  • Lots of reflective areas to ensure that you’re seen

Best of all? It’s currently on sale on Amazon (with prime shipping) for only $14.95!

If you run in the dark and don’t have any reflective gear I highly recommend this vest and not just because Mike is a cool cat dad who donated to Team PAWS on my behalf. It’s honestly such a great piece of running gear and you’ll be amazed at how lightweight it is!

Speaking of paws, I’m currently babysitting a two-year-old and he kept me up all night.

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I’m not sure if you know this or not but Cecil is a spoiled only child. (You may have picked up on this somehow along the way.)

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Well at 3am Cecil decided he had enough of my mom’s cat Georgie and it was time for him to go. The meowing and running around the ensued was just insane. They’ve been around each other a lot before and know each other well but Cecil is a spoiled brat who doesn’t want anyone else playing with his toys, laying on his bed (aka our bed), using his scratch pads or sniffing his cat nip.

Hopefully C got it out of his system yesterday and he’ll let us sleep tonight ?  . Pray for me.

How’s your week going?
Do you use any special running gear when heading out in the dark?



  1. June 8, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Luckily I havent been running in the dark lately because the sun rises at like 5 am! But i wore my reflective vest every day last winter- it definitely makes me feel safer when running in the dark!

    • Kristina
      June 9, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      It’s so funny, when the time first changes in the fall I hate running in the dark. But then when the time changes in spring I miss it. I guess it all just comes down to what we get used to. I’m glad I have the vest now – and I know it’ll come even more in handy when summer is over!

  2. June 8, 2016 / 6:58 am

    I am still shocked at how much Georgie and Jelly look alike!!

    Every time I read a post about reflective gear, I think to myself “I need to start wearing my reflective gear.” But I don’t. 🙁

    • Kristina
      June 9, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      I know what you mean. I have a lighted wristband that I have worn in the dark a few times, but I hardly ever wear it because it’s just another thing to add to my wrist (Garmin, heart rate monitor, etc.). I even stopped wearing my heart rate monitor because my wrists just want to be FREE! This particular vest is great though because it doesn’t get in the way at all and it’s so light it’s like you’re not wearing anything!

  3. June 8, 2016 / 8:22 am

    I have a headlamp for running in the dark, but I really should pick up a vest or something so I can be seen from all angles.

  4. June 8, 2016 / 8:34 am

    There is nothing worse than an unhappy animal in the middle of the night!!! My dog is a super diva and is guilty of this big time. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  5. June 8, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    The orange cat is very pretty, but I am sure he is driving Cecil crazy lol I know it can get loud, sometimes mine will have snarling matches that could wake the neighbors when they get on each others nerves.
    The vest is nice. I like things that I can’t feel when I put them on lol
    Wet shoes are the worst. I always go through sprinklers, but I do hate my feet getting wet.

  6. June 8, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    These days I would welcome the rain as well.

    I use my headlamp and have lights for my pack so cars can see me as they approach. I tried to stay away from red lights as they could be seen as tail lights. I’ll have to do a post about them. It could help others.

    Yes scorching hot out here lol

  7. June 8, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    That vest is so cool! Although I am afraid to run in the dark because I’m afraid of bad people… But if I can get over that I totally need a vest like that!

  8. June 8, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I have a headlamp that I pull out when it’s dark and I try to make sure to wear bright clothing. I also keep the route close to home too.

  9. June 9, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Even in the daylight I always try to wear bright clothing because a lot of the roads I run on have no sidewalks so it makes me feel safer if I feel I can be seen better. One of my favorite things is also running in the rain in the summer.

  10. June 9, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Luckily we can’t hear the foster kittens at night, but my cat, who is just a little over a year old, insists on waking me up every single night just to show her where her food is. So rude! Good luck on the multiple kitty co-habitation!

  11. June 9, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Love the vest! I have been meaning to get one but do run with flashing lights on my belt, got some on sale a while ago but feel like sometimes it is not enough in certain dark areas.

    Definitely checking out that vest!

  12. Susan
    June 10, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I love that vest! Since I run before the sun comes up I wear a head lamp and a jacket that has reflective material and also lights along the ribbing. It’s awesome. I gotta find a solution for summer because I ditch that jacket. Vest would be great.