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Running in the dark!

RainbowC
RainbowCGraduate

As I got in from work, tea was nearly ready - I couldn't really upset the 12-year-old daughter who'd helpfully got it ready, and leave it while I went for a run. But for once, instead of writing off the evening, I resolved to go out later. So I did.

Running in the pitch dark is definitely a different experience. I have my LED shoelaces and an LED armband, so can definitely be seen clearly, but there was one cul-de-sac that k decided I'm not going round when it's this dark. I definitely felt vulnerable, so decided discretion is definitely the better part of safety - or something like that! ;)

To add to the challenge, I decided I wasn't going to try and work out a route that meant the inclines were while I was walking, but would just start by heading down to the bottom of the village, and see how it worked out from there. Fortunately, the warm-up walk got me down to the bottom and back up to the level (it's a Very Small Village!) before I had to start running. Time to run, said Laura, so I did - round the first cul-de-sac, then round the second one - then, phew, time to walk. That went remarkably quickly for eight minutes!

The walk seemed to last too long - for all that I was very out of breath at the end of the first run, I felt as though I'd have been ready to run again sooner - but didn't! Off we go again, second eight mins. Down to the bottom, turn round, back up the steepest bit (which takes all of a minute to run up, and is just me being wimpy!), relief getting back onto the level, and ooh, either it flattens properly or perhaps even slopes down a bit, gosh that suddenly felt easier! Keep on going up to the further road, half way round that and yay, finished running!

It's very odd, not being able to see clearly - I hadn't realised how much I apparently rely on visual cues to pace myself; having to go purely by how it felt seemed very alien! But I did it, and it felt GOOD!

Run 3 next time... :/

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mooning
mooningGraduate

It is certainly an interesting experience, but one that is quite peaceful I find. You feel quite alone, even when there are others walking etc.

I've found I run quicker in the dark but I'm not sure why 😀

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to OldPossum

You sense the things that we are told, don't exist, when we are children.... and run like the wind :)

That's brilliant, always good to do something different like night running with winter determined to close in on us all. I manage to get out on lunchtimes so haven't done night running yet. Well done would you go again in the dark?

RainbowC
RainbowCGraduate in reply to emskihammer

Definitely! I think I'll have to, otherwise I face a winter of not running. I was wondering why it was never such a problem before, but have realised I was working part time until this spring, so could go after work before it got dark. But yes, I did enjoy it. There's something lovely about it, for sure :)

emskihammer
emskihammer in reply to RainbowC

Where did you get your night lights for running from thinking I'm going to have to invest for the winter

RainbowC
RainbowCGraduate in reply to emskihammer

I have LED shoelaces from Amazon, and two green LED arm bands from 7dayshop (7dayshop.com/catalogsearch/...

My daughters can't believe I'm still using the light-up shoelaces which I bought for the Glow in the Park run a few weeks ago - but I claim they're an important safety feature :D

I don't use a headtorch as the one I have isn't great, and I can just imagine faffing with it the whole way as it trid to fall off. I quite like the look of the chest torch which was posted on another thread here, so might have to add that to my Christmas list... ;)

* Other suppliers are also available :)

emskihammer
emskihammer in reply to RainbowC

That's brilliant thank you and yes a subtle nut important safety feature :)

RainbowC
RainbowCGraduate in reply to emskihammer

Not exactly subtle, with bright blue, red, pink, green and white lights on my feet! :D I love them though, and am sure they make me run better!

JoolieB1
JoolieB1Graduate

Just bought a headtorch a few weeks ago and it only cost twenty pounds. The main beam is really bright and it has other settings. I have been able to go for early morning runs (feels much safer then) in complete darkness at times and I can see the ground so no trip hazards. It is rechargeable too. How about wearing a personal alarm?

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Very well done, on all levels, I have this wonderful image of you with your glowing bits!!!

RainbowC
RainbowCGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

If I could run wearing fairy lights, I so would!!! :D

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to RainbowC

Oh yes totally...:)

If you people must run in the dark., try to find a route on pavements, not on narrow lanes. I stopped a jogger the other day. Black track suite, no pavement, no lights no arm bands. I said "Please at least give motorists a chance." I do not think he realised how vulnerable he was up to then.

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