Running at Night
How was your weekend? I had a fabulous weekend filled with a couple meet ups with friends, a family run and attending a local play.
I met up with my long time blog friend, Angela of Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat and met Christina of The Athletarian and Danielle from Workit.Wearit.Eatit. We had a lot of fun swapping running stories, planning races and of course, enjoying the delicious menu at Thrive Juice Bar and David’s Tea.
It was a delicious weekend!
I finished off the night with dinner out with my family and attending a play.
My family has decided to all run a 5 KM race together when we are in Florida in February and we have settled on the Run or Dye race in Tampa. I am training them and we began our little series this weekend.
I will be including a special feature this winter on their training series and doing a behind-the-scenes look at a couch-to-5KM race from different perspectives. It has been fun to include my entire family on something that I enjoy!
As the winter wears on in Canada, it gets increasingly darker at night and an afternoon run can turn into a run in the dark! A few tips to help you if you are running outside after the best daylight hours:
1. Wear reflective gear and light colours. The last thing you need is to be invisible to a passing motorist!
2. Tell someone where you are going and let them know an approximate time of return.
3. Train on a well-lit route.
4. Leave your headphones at home!
5. Bring some ID!
If you are running trails at night, take a head lamp. Some runners like to combine a head lamp and flashlight for extra visibility.
It may seem like common sense to stay indoors as the lighting fades, but a few reasons to run at night are when you cannot include your training in daylight hours and if you are racing a trail, running it in the dark will help you to know the trail more by sense then sight which may help with muscle memory the day of the race.
I wanted to conclude this by saying that I don’t recommend running at night for a number of reasons. You are increasing your adrenaline and cortisol levels right before bedtime, which may prevent you from sleeping soundly. You are increasing your danger because of decreased lighting, fellow runners and visibility.
Do you run at night? Why or why not?