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Running in the Dark

Monday, November 15, 2010

Most people get a little depressed or saddened when the Daylight Savings Time (DST) hits in the fall. I admit it seems weird going to work in the dark and returning home as its getting dark once again. I know there are also people who really get hit hard by the weather change. I just recently read an article on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). However this is the time of year I look forward to the most and I think I figured out why.

I have recently started getting back to running and most of the time I have to just take that run whenever the opportunity presents itself. Sometimes its in the evenings sometimes the mornings. Either way...whether its early morning or early evening, its going to be dark when I get out to take a run.

I happen to live in a very safe neighborhood where running in the dark is not much of a concern. That being said, here are my 3 top reasons why this is my favorite time of year to run:

1) Less People to Run Around

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I no longer find those couples out for a leisurely stroll, or parents pushing strollers or people riding their bikes on the sidewalk (teaching their little ones how to ride as well). Its just so much easier to run when there's no dodging around people, slowing down for others and figuring out which way to pass ....Its just me and the sidewalk free and clear to run.

2) No Sunglasses Needed (or Eye Contact)

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This is a two-part bonus. First, I have a problems keeping my sunglasses in place when I run. And its not due to perspiration either...I just can't wear them tight for running because they'll hurt my head, so I have to wear them as I do casually, but that results in me pushing them back every 10-15 steps. Secondly, I know it may sound a little rude, but I really do not want to make eye contact or say hello to people while I'm running. I don't know why this happens, I'm sure they are just being friendly, but the people in my town like to say more than the simple "Hi". Usually its "Hey, how's it going..." or something along that line. But I'm always like "huh...sorry? did you say something?" Cause when I'm running I've got my iPod jacked ALL THE WAY UP and I can't hear a single word. In the dark I can't see anyone's face, so I can't tell if they are talking to me or not. Problem solved. :)

3) Running Further

Ok - so this may be a little confusing, but for some reason when I cannot see the end of the road, I run further. I run blindly with no real desitnation in mind. I typically run a mile or so down the road and beging telling myself..Ok at the night corner I'll turn back, but since I can't see that corner, I'm still pumped to keep running. So I do. Then I tell myself I'll keep goign to the next corner, or light, etc... so on and so on... well you get the picture. Eventually I will turn around and head back. Later when I track my route, it turns out to be WAY further than I would have guessed or planned.

So there it is. That's why I find this time of year better for running. I could add that I also enjoy the cooler weather for the simple fact that I won't get over-heated, but lately we've been having warmer Fall days in the 50's and 60's. Its still nice and cool, but I really look forward to running in the lower temps.

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    emoticon . It make it easy to run at the same speed when you do not have to be social and cool temperature is big bonus. Enjoy the run.
    As for me I am scared of the dark, when fall comes I do all my walk at lunch time or in door. We have foxes and cayotes around and I have a very active imagination that they may jump at me. I only walk at night when I have a walking buddy.
    Keep running, it is makes the heart sing. emoticon
    3390 days ago
    emoticon I find when you love to run, you just find everything positive about it! I agree you run farther, have less obstacles, and run better in cooler weather. Keep up the great running program. It is nice to see someone who looks to the positive and does not make excuses to run....now as soon as the ice melts, I will run outside...it may take a few days until then it is jump rope time! emoticon
    3390 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7675529
    Love your positive attitude, but I would seriously wear your glasses and get a band to keep it on your head. Would hate for you to get hurt over not seeing something in your way! yikes

    Great blog... makes me wanna go running now!

    3390 days ago
    I agree with you in that I love the less busy times too. Here the bicyclists seem to ride on the sidewalks more than the streets and they are not kids or with kids.. I too, have sun issues (medicine makes me allergic in addition to being red hair and freckles sensitive) and like the freedom of not having to dress up from head to toe in long sleeves and pants and a big hat. I don't have anything stuck in my ears as that makes me deaf, so I like the peaceful night sounds like crickets and the swoop of bats, and cries of nighthawks.. Unfortunately, summer is long over so now its the howling winds and freezing temperatures to enjoy being outdoors with..Although the sparkle of snow is pretty under the city lights..
    Enjoy your peaceful runs!
    3390 days ago
    i also love this time of year and i'm considered the freak in my family for it. i happen to adjust to the time of year better than most people and i love it! i'm glad that you can enjoy your runs better in the fall.
    3390 days ago
  • VICIOUS421
    Sounds like you have a great plan for runing in the Dark!!!!! emoticon
    3390 days ago
    love it! yeah I run in the dark! IT'S SCARY! but worth it

    but all your points is correct!

    I have to get reflector! but I can only outside when baby still slp and hubby is still home.

    I just have to be extra alert

    also one spark mention an id bracelet for runner JUST in case
    b.c I run with no ID now
    3390 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8092638
    I am SO with you. 100%. I am not really affected much by the time change. And I find that I am actually MORE active in the winter. The heat just zaps all my energy and my workouts always take a dive in the summer and go up in the winter. The cooler air invigorates me. I also think I am more determined in the winter to get those endorphins.

    3390 days ago
    I think you're reasons are great and you live in the perfect place for it!! GET IT GIRL!!
    3390 days ago
  • no profile photo RAMJLM
    Great article...great attitude!
    3390 days ago
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