This question was answered by Carol Gilpin of Fleet Feet Sports Vacaville and Fred Joslyn of Fleet Feet Sports Mechanicsburg.
Being safe and seen is of utmost importance when running in the dark. It isn't a bad thing to be a little scared of running after sunset, as it will make you more aware of your surroundings. We speak to our training programs about the "It could never happen to me" attitude because the reality is that anyone is at risk of being attacked while running. Still, you can take several precautions to not only run safely at night but have a fun time doing it.
Wear bright and reflective clothing, and a headlamp when running in the dark. The more, the better. Wear a reflective vest and light on your front and back—the more surface area that’s visible, the better. If you have exposed skin, try safety skin reflective skin spread; it can be applied directly to your skin. (Check out this post for our top 5 tips for staying visible.)