The headphone debate is nothing new. Those opposed to using headphones think you need to be aware of your surroundings, those for the use of headphones think there’s a middle ground between safety and music as a positive influence.
When I first started running I didn’t wear headphones. Instead, I listened to my lungs breathe and my feet hit the ground. Months later, as I became more comfortable with my body, I donned the headphones with one rule: I must always be able to hear my body and my surroundings.
With a few more weeks of “winter” left, we still have a deficit of sunlight to deal with. I live in the southeast and the quotes are there because winter has been exceptionally mild this year. Somewhat disappointing with regards to snowfall totals. But that’s not the point of this article! I’m here to report on the Petzl Myo RXP headlamp. In the interest of transparency, I purchased this headlamp with my own funds and am in no way affiliated with the manufacturer.
Petzl is a leading manufacturer of technical climbing equipment. From carabiners to crampons to headlamps, this company has everyone from the professional mountaineer to the avid trail/road runner covered. And without even talking about the Myo RXP, the company puts a high level of craftsmanship into everything it makes so that you can trust the gear not to let you down when you need it most.
I like the fresh air. I like the dynamic environment. I like to change up my routes. For this, I need to go outside—even when the moon is up. And if you’re a morning runner who beats the sun, an evening runner who got beat by the dark, or just someone who likes to run in the dead of night like I do then you need to be safe.
Some of you might say that running at night isn’t safe, and then go into a spiel about how I should just run on a treadmill or wait for the sun to come up. I disagree. If you dress appropriately and run sensibly your night runs will be just as safe and enjoyable as your day ones.