Night Moves

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?

Best apparel advice?

 

 

 

12 Comments on “Night Moves

  1. I have that same hat! And thank goodness for its reflective strips, my other running hat is just black and useless in the dark.

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  2. Hahah I liked that you celebrated when those boys catcalled you. Way to be positive! I’m not a morning person so I typically do night runs. Along with brighter clothes, I also do carry pepper spray on me while I run. Just as a precaution because you never know. I hope you enjoy your next set of night runs!

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  3. I’ve done it all. I have white lights for my pack so cars can see me from behind. I prefer white because red looks like taillights. I use a headlamp to see ahead of me and keep my hands free. Outside of that i wear comfortable clothes and just try to be really aware of my surroundings.

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    • Oh, that’s a good point about red lights. I have one white one and one red one. I think I want to but another one though. I can’t decide how I feel about a headlamp but I like the idea of having my hands free.

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  4. I run in the dark and have reflective tape on my clothing or vest. I also use Night Runner lights on my shoes and sometimes a headlight. I WANT to be seen.

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