When I run at night I must admit it's hard to see. I have to map out my route in my head that I'm going to take before I leave so that I know I'll be around the street lights that will help with my dreadful night vision. Sadly, I still usually trip once or twice every night time run I have. Thank goodness I've been lucky enough not to face plant on concrete yet.
I refuse to take my shuffle with me on my night runs. This is mainly because I want to be able to hear if someone would be coming up on me or if a car would screech to a halt for someone to nab me. I miss my music but I feel safer being a little more alert.
Even though I don't like to, I have been wearing a fanny pack during my runs at night. Yes, those dumb things you might have worn when you were a kid. My mom insists that I wear it. I put my cell phone, band aids, flash light, etc. in there for my runs. I guess she thinks one of these items might save my life if something bad were to happen. She is probably right...
This isn't necessarily a con of night time running... I actually appreciate this about it. When I run at night I'm freakishly alert! I'm constantly in fight or flight mode. I'm keenly aware of my surroundings at all times. Because of this I can run 2.5 miles in 20 minutes when it would usually take me 20 minutes to run 2 miles. I'm always in high gear on these runs because once I'm done I can get in my house safe and sound.
So really... there are way more cons that go along with running at night than there are pros... but will this still be something I do regularly? Probably... at least until this hot streak moves out and I can run comfortably during the day.
Happy night time running... stay safe!!!