GFGL FIT BLOG: Running in the Dark

Daylight savings time always feels weird to me. It’s great that it’s getting warmer and lighter out, but it also means that it’s darker out in the morning when a lot of people run. I don’t run in the dark too often, but I guess running in darkness can make you feel faster- if not actually be faster. Apparently it’s because you can’t see where your going or how far you have left. You also end up with heightened and intensified senses. Every time I’ve run at night I get that really intense fight or flight feeling, like an adrenaline rush where you feel like someone might be chasing you. If your into that, keep these tips in mind the next time you have to reset your clocks.

1. Be Alert. Assume drivers don’t see you. Be especially cautious around cars with snow or frost on their windshields.

2. Light Your Way. Stay near streets and trails with street lamps or try wearing a headlamp and pretending your in a mine.

3. Be Seen. Reflectors are inexpensive and bright running clothes are the norm these day. My day to day life doesn’t involve a lot of bright colors- more like shades of gray, but when it comes to running gear, I’ve been pretty into neon as of late.

4. Surfaces. Choose routes with even terrain to avoid accidents.

As the weather gets hot, running at night can also be a cooler alternative- plus no one can see you getting all sweaty and gross. Until then, I will probably stick to the treadmills later at night, but it’s always good to know if you can’t find a good horror movie to rent that you can always pretend to be in one by yourself on the trails. Over the weekend I did 8 miles and 13 miles- Wisconsin has been unseasonably warm these past few days and I’m taking full advantage on the trails and getting extra bounce in my step by jumping puddles and dog poos.

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