Working on my night moves
In the winter time
in the dark winter time
Like my rewrite? Sing it with me!
You guys, I ran at night!!!! Which if we’re keeping track is only the second time ever! I braved the dark, the cold and the potential mountain lions and went for a run. It was only 2 miles but it was a start right?
I packed my gym bag on Monday but I really wasn’t feeling it. I had only found 1 blinky light and while I had checked my flashlight and while it worked, I had checked it in the daylight. I didn’t really know how much light it put out. Work ran late, I was exhausted and I was telling myself I still didn’t feel well even after a week off. I used the restroom before leaving work, went to grab my gym bag…and stared at it. It’s not like it was getting darker right? So, after a lightning fast change, I headed towards home.
The whole drive home, I wondered if I would chicken out. Running in the dark is not my thing. But I really hate the treadmill. I parked at a local business directly under a light and headed for what I think is the best street. Which is funny as it has like 4 street lights. 😛😛 I had a blinking light on my belt, a flashing band on my arm, reflective hat and my flashlight. I didn’t feel like it was enough. Bonus, my flashlight was dying. Slacker fail.
I stuck to the sidewalk. I kept it nice and slow. Can’t worry about pace when you can barely see right? My eyes adjusted quicker than I thought they would. It was colder than I thought it would be. It was in the high 50’s and I probably would have loved that during the day. At night, I wanted more layers.
A group of teenage boys drove by and catcalled me and I celebrated. They could see me!!! My lights were working! I did a little jig. A short, slow 2 miles later and I was back at my car. I did it!
All excitement aside, I will be more prepared the next time. I found my second blinky light. I need new batteries for my flashlight. I need to buy a reflective vest. That should be it for now. No need to get crazy. Let’s make sure I do this more than once a year this time. 😛
Do you run in the dark? Night or morning?
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