Safety Tips for Running Before the Sun is Up - FITS®

February 23, 2019

Starting your morning with a run can set the tone for a great day, but is it safe to lace up your sneakers and hit the road in the dark? The answer is yes — but only with some precautions.

Here are seven safety tips for running in the predawn light: 

Bring a buddy

When possible, aim to run with a buddy. Having a training partner is one of the best defense mechanisms against safety hazards, so it’s easily our number one tip.

Tell someone where you’re going

If you can’t find a buddy to run with you, at least make sure someone knows when and where you’ll be running.

Take a familiar route

Early in the morning when it’s dark is not the ideal time to try a new route. Save your adventurous runs for the daylight hours and stick to a familiar trek for sun-less runs. 

Be visible

This is especially important if you’ll be running on roads where you want to make sure cars can see you. Some runners wear reflective clothing or even headlamps to increase their visibility, but aim for bright colors at bare minimum.

Avoid music

We know, we know — running with music is super motivating and there’s a reason we all love our running playlists. But the last thing you want when running in the dark is to be distracted. Keep your senses fully engaged so you can be aware of other runners, cars or potential threats.

Take your phone

As tempting as it can be to leave your phone at home and run unencumbered, having your phone on you is important in case you hurt yourself or need help fast. 

Wear the right gear

What you wear on your run can have a big impact on how your body performs. Investing in high quality, well-fitting running gear to keep you warm — or cool, depending on the season — will make your early morning runs go that much more smoothly. 

Taking precautions when running in the dark isn’t paranoid — it’s smart. And you deserve to have a safer, happier run.

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Sock Sizing
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The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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