I’ve discovered, running at night, is my favorite way to run. PSA – For safety, I never run with headphones in. I wear my reflective gear, LED blinky light is attached and I stick to the sidewalks – and I never run in an unfamiliar area. I always have a place at any point in my run, that I know I can go to if an emergency arises (friend, Church, establishment, etc).
It is on these night time runs, that I’ve come to realize that the combination of the darkness and the quiet, are very soothing. I also find, that running at night is easier – often I run longer, enjoying the privacy a little bit of darkness affords me. No one can see me pick a wedge. Fire off a snot rocket…or trip on absolutely nothing at all. While I run, one half of my brain is on the lookout for uneven pavement, stopping at intersections to check for traffic and noting my surroundings in general.
I mull over the events of the day, things that are on my mind or even just the little things I need to get done around the house. Sometimes I reminisce – how much I miss my loved ones who’ve passed away, when my kids were newborns or how far I’ve come from that terribly shy teenager I used to be, all those years ago.
Running at I find a bit of peace in a hectic day. Try it some time and let me know what you find. Just remember – stay safe.
Here’s a good Runner’s World Article on some gear for night time running: