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A year ago I moved out of London to a smaller town and went from a strong runner (14miles were my long runs on a Sunday afternoon) who ran half marathons and 10ks... to a couch potato.
Moving out of London meant that when I would try and go running, I would usually stumble across national speed limit roads, roads with no lighting (so I'd be near breaking my ankles at night running along grass verges) or end up in dodgy parts of town. I gradually let my running slip and now it's a year later and I can barely manage 3 miles without stopping! I used to love exploring town, feeling safe and letting my feet guide the way. Now I just can't relax into runs and don't enjoy them.
I need advice on running in the dark: is it silly to wear a head torch? I'm worried about my safety too -my diary doesn't permit me to join running clubs because it changes so frequently so I'm worried about running alone through streets unknown..
Apart from getting a dog to keep me safe on my runs (which I am seriously considering!), does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone found that new places put them off running? I've done the obvious; planned routes around town which are lit -but not all parts of town are safe!