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Nocturnal running πŸŒƒπŸŒŒ surreal, peaceful

Imc50
Imc50Graduate
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Swapping safety boots for trainers definitely a bonus πŸ‘. A Saturday night free from the clutches of paid employment, I'd promised myself a dark run and I stuck to my promise πŸ€—.

I ran the same route as I ran yesterday morning, it's a nice easy 5k loop allowing warm up/cool down walk,-jog. But how a run differs from day to night. We're locked down in my county already ( but further stricter measures are coming next week). It's isolated and very very silent. The removal of normal noises, road traffic the odd aeroplane the night's silence is deafening. My trainer noise is lost in the dark it's like the noise is simply sucked up and vanishes. It's definitely a peaceful experience this dark running. The beam of my petzl clearly cutting the night apart for me to simply slide through, running across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct is definitely a much altered experience at night. You are simply up there this little strip of towpath, suspended in the night. Love or hate heights it's a magical run experience!! Across the other side, I loop by the canal pub and down onto the opposite towpath, seemingly darker, with a canopy of trees. The acorns falling in into the dark canal were at times quite melodic with the briefest of echoes, I kept it slow, nearly staying in zone 3 all except the last slightly uphill 5 kilometer. This was the first time since Winter I'd had the running tights on and definitely glad of the extra layer complete with running beanieβœ….

5k dark running successfully completed, enjoying the slower pacing and keeping that V02 glued to 48 which I think is ok,?

Now where's my spaghetti bolognese I'm hungry πŸšΏπŸ™‚pasta 🍝 πŸ‘

Keep those runs healthy and safe folks remember the masks and hand washing βœ…

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nowster
nowsterGraduate

Wow! I'll be doing a few dawn runs soon, but it's unlikely I'll be running across the canal aqueduct near Llangollen! (Especially as travelling to Wales from Manchester is verboten at the moment.)

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to nowster

Apparently we're having a wall built around Wales.....to keep us in, or the others out 🀨

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to Imc50

Get Mexico to pay for it? 🀣

The big problem for me is that the rest of my family is in Gwynedd. The last times I saw them was January and July. 🀬 At least we do have free phone calls these days.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to nowster

Surely if the Mexicans pay, they could perhaps invoice Trumpy πŸ˜†

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to Imc50

Unless they get a better Offa. 🀣

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to nowster

Offa as In Dyke or as in offer?

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to Imc50

Pun intended.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to nowster

Very nimble the sure footed linguist βœ…

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to nowster

I can't escape that ruddy path it runs straight through my employers premises πŸšΆπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸšΆπŸ‘’πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate

Looks a bit remote and creepy for my liking lmc50, but I enjoyed reading your post, it was like the opening chapter of a good book πŸ“– maybe you’ve missed your vocation in life πŸ€” well done on completing your 5k, enjoy your spaghetti Bolognes πŸ‘

I’m originally from Wales myself, but now living in sunny Kent.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Couchphoenix

Creepy nooooooooo just don't look behind you head down keep running πŸ‘.....

But you're used to running with zombies so the dark canna be that scary 😱

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate in reply to Imc50

A zombie run there would definitely improve my PB 😱 πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Buzzbeebh
BuzzbeebhGraduate in reply to Couchphoenix

Yes I thought the same, looks too creepy for me to go running there at that time, but enjoyed the post from Imc50 πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌ

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Buzzbeebh

Nooooooooo be brave it's fine just make sure you're batteries are fully charged πŸ‘

Burkey46
Burkey46Graduate

Oooh I'm definitely loving your write up 😁 very eloquent indeed.

My favourite genre is goth horror so I was waiting for a vampire or some other kind of dark creature to magically appear πŸ§›β€β™€οΈ

But I digress, this is about running! Running I tell you!! Dark running no less!! Love it ❀️

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Burkey46

Thank you Ms Burkey46 πŸ™‚ goth horror yikes really I'd never sleep 😱 coz I definitely wouldn't turn theπŸ’‘off πŸ‘€.

I did dip my toes in a few James Herbert, even the odd Stephen King... But that was when I was younger and brave πŸ’ͺ.... Definitely more a fan of a magician called Harry nowadays πŸ˜†

Burkey46
Burkey46Graduate in reply to Imc50

You should read Brian Lumley - the Necroscope series, tamer than King or Herbert and actually very entertaining 😁

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Burkey46

WhaaaaaaaaT a necroscope is apparently someone who errrrrr communicates with the dead......... For the record working permanent nightshifts generally around very dark lanes and even darker farmyards do you think it's very apt reading material......... Crikey Mr Herbert only wrote about rats🐭

Burkey46
Burkey46Graduate in reply to Imc50

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Mr Lumley combines espionage with modern day vampires. Honestly it's not horror at all compared to King. Every time I read a King book I wonder wtf is going on in his head. Lumley is definitely tame in comparison but an awesome writer πŸ‘

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Burkey46

I'll admit to perusing my library website πŸ‘, merely out of curiosity for Brian Lumley books, sadly it seems they haven't uploaded any of his titles (phewπŸ˜†) but saying that I love a new author..... And may end up trying him out..... As for Mr.King what's inside his head, that's a mystery probably best left well alone....

Bogshuffler
BogshufflerGraduate in reply to Burkey46

The only thing that keeps King from being locked up is that he writes

Bogshuffler
BogshufflerGraduate in reply to Burkey46

The Rats triolgy or the Stand or Pet's Cememetry or Misery all hyper scary.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Bogshuffler

Makes you wanna run from rats when you see them on the farms 😬

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate

A great write-up, I felt I was with you. That would have been preferable to my evening run earlier this week. I forgot how nervous I get running at night. I've been enjoying running through all the parks, but had to change that plan since it was getting dark. Time to rethink my running routes. I'm impressed with how much your headlamp lit up the walkway. Maybe that is what I needπŸ€”

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thank you SaskAlliecat, fact! The dark and the quiet definitely heightens your senses, and when you hear that decreet, plip/plop of the falling acorns it's kinda natural to speed up a little πŸ˜†, I must of looked like a cyclist Minus the wheels, frame etc, as I had my little blinking red light on my jacket lit up πŸ˜†. Better to be safe though πŸ€“

Jell6
Jell6Graduate

Lovely Imc50 , I sensed the peace and tranquility.

Glad you had a good oneπŸŒšπŸŒ’πŸŽ‘

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Jell6

Thanks Jell6 and I went gentle on the knee πŸ™‚πŸ‘

Fantastic write up lmc. My gosh that sounds creepy though! I’ve never run in the dark before, so anything dusky is plenty risky enough for me! πŸ˜…

I’m impressed with your headlamp. Very effective - I suspect you’ll be making good use of it for a few months now.

Nice run, well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was a new run experience for me cheekychipmunks, it made a nice change from working in the dark πŸ‘. The peacefulness of it was quite intense, even in the daylight without music or chatter ( I prefer that stripped back running headphone free) you take in what's happening around you, but in the dark you are just concentrating on your run, where your feet are etcπŸ‘

Really good read and photos but looks scary so not sure I could run anywhere as lonely as that in the dark. Well done for doing it and for posting πŸ‘

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Killerblue

Thanks Killerblue I loved it, strange as it was I didn't feel I was alone, didn't look over my shoulder once honest 🀫

Killerblue
Killerblue in reply to Imc50

Lol yeah πŸ˜‚

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Killerblue

Nah it's only the darkπŸ˜† big, brave and sometimes masculine πŸ’ͺ there's nowt to be scared of.............. " Wwwwwwwwwhat was that noise, did I hear footsteps behind me............. Run faster

Scw787
Scw787Graduate

Wow beautiful photos too...well done & enjoy the solitude xx

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Scw787

Thank you Scw787 it's amazing how different the run was comparing it to the daylight run, a day earlier.....

How wonderful, the silence of the dark described so well, a good run and lovely photos

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate

That is just wonderful! I would be too scared and it puts my just before sunrise runs into perspective. Thanks for your post!

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Roxdog

Thanks Roxdog, but surely it's almost as dark, or nearly dark that early on?

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate in reply to Imc50

Yes, but I know it will get lighter, so by the time I get to the canal it's sunrise ad can be very beautiful.i remember running in early Feb on the canal in the morning and ran past the station, we're all the lights were on the platform with commuters huddled in the dark waiting for their train. That was a bit surreal.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Roxdog

Oooooh that sounds like bliss Roxdog, the frosty February canal and a train station, sadly most mornings about that time Im hopefully snuggled after the nightshift 😴

Imc50
Imc50Graduate

Thank you both I loved it

Week7
Week7Graduate

A fascinating and inspiring read _could be about your run or the opening chapter of your book!

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Week7

Lol best I look for the services of a decent literary agent πŸ‘

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate

Wonderful photos and a very atmospheric description that brought your run to life Imc. I can only imagine what running at height in complete darkness along the viaduct was like! You should run it again at Halloween πŸŽƒ πŸ‘»!

Imc50
Imc50Graduate

Hmmmmmmmmmm I think you're in cahoots with Burkey46 to scare the living daylight's out me πŸ‘€ luckily though I'm on shift that night so it'll be dark lanes and empty farmhouses for me that night 😬😳

MoliJ
MoliJGraduate

Looks an amazing run, but one that I would be too scared to do at night by myself. Where I run and cycle in Wales it is very isolated in places and I have to admit to feeling a bit apprehensive about doing those routes by myself. I cannot wait until local running groups and park runs start again so I can find some running friends.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to MoliJ

We seem to be back at the sharp end of the covid situation MoliJ, hopefully it'll all get sorted asap 🀞,I loved that new element of running, it's not going to be an every week thing though as work gets in the way grrrrrr

The thought of Pontcysyllte at night is amazing. A bit narrow to pass socially distanced in the day I think. A wonderful account - thank you.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to coggerjogger

I'm hoping coggerjogger they light it up as they did last year, along with the other attractions, but given Lock down and covid-19 etc we'll have to see..... πŸ˜• It could promote visiting if they do so we'll see. I'll run across it in the daylight if it's clear but frequently have to duck underneath and loop around, generally if there's people on it everyone operates a polite one way systemβœ…

That was a great description, you should write a book!

Well done.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate

Noooooo..... I'll leave it to the people who can really write πŸ˜†

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate

I read your post before I saw the photos and was definitely liking the idea of the night run, you made it sound so inviting! I even started to mentally plan for my first night run! I could run along the high riverbank, the moon would be reflected in the river .......

Then I saw the photos. NO WAY. πŸ‘»

Well done for the run πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Jools2020

Glad you enjoyed it Jools2020 but ok I was happy to run on my lonesome..... I have to say I would always ( without wishing to sound or appear sexist) be happier to see ladies running in pairs or greater numbers more so in the dark πŸ‘

Wow, looks amazing.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

Totally BTP a surreal run

Shar71
Shar71Graduate

Great positive post, sounds like a really enjoyable experience. Myself im a bit nervous about going out and running in the. Dark, even with my dog by my side.

Well done on your dark run 😊

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Shar71

Oh it was brilliant Shar71, so atmospheric

Hanzy
HanzyGraduate

I did a nocturnal run, well early this morning, had no light so was having to make sure my footing was good

Imc50
Imc50Graduate in reply to Hanzy

Definitely keeps you alert

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