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Where do you run when its dark? (Read 478 times)

    Other than all the safety stuff, I find that being familiar with the routes helps. Run them in the daytime before you try them at nght. My street has no streetlights and all the houses are set back out of sight. I get spooked, but knowing the route helps, a little.

      I admire the heck out of all you that can get out the door and run in the darkness, snow, ice and cold this time of year. I can't force myself to do it. So this is where I run when it's dark, or cold, or snowing/raining, or windy, or smokey, or anything else that's not to my liking outside:

       

       

       

      I admit it; I'm a complete 100% weather wimp, and I'm both spoiled and very lucky to have access to this wonderful indoor 200m track all year long. My annual membership fee is about the cost of 4 good pairs of running shoes, and it's one of the best investments I've ever made. When I first was a runner 30 years ago, I took the 4 months or so of winter off from running and biking every year because I despise the cold, snow and darkness. Now I run nearly every day all winter, and often do doubles, and it's always warm and well-lit, and the only traffic I have to deal with are the clue-less noobs who always walk out on the track without looking. No cars, no trucks, and no school buses. If I get tired of the track, there are over 120 treadmills and ellipticals, plus a big weight room with machines and free weights. And a pool, and a 65-person capacity hot-tub.

      bobruns


        I run at a park by my work.  It is the only one around that is lit.  I am a wimp and do not venture out on the roads in the dark.  I thought about getting knuckle lights but don't think it would get me out there.  I am always happy when it starts getting a little lighter and I can get out of that park.  It gets old.  It is exactly 1 mile and I know it by heart.


        Anomalous

          On the treadmill if I can't find someone to run with me outside. My safety is more important than running. Especially these days.

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          "Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious." - Rumi

          xor


            I will run pretty much anywhere in the dark... except for certain pieces of town that one does not want to be in at certain hours.  The thing is, those hours are usually more like 1a-4a.  "dark running" for me is more like 6p-midnight and 5a in winter. Seattle is weird though, you can have a reasonably safe section of the city... but there will be a two block square in the middle that's crack central.  I've tried to learn what's what.

             

            Situational awareness is key - no headphones at night.  And not just regarding bad guys.  Drivers do NOT look for pedestrians at night here.

             

            Some areas, I need lights.  Some I don't.  I usually carry one just in case.

             

            I will run in anything except ice.  And thunder, but it basically never thunders in Seattle (true story).  When I'm out on trails in the mountains, that's another story altogether.  Night running is super fun, but the weather can change fast, and unlike the daytime you can't always see it coming.  And mountain thunderstorms are bad ass nasty.  So I don't do that as much... and always with a group.

             

            Nakedbabytoes


            levitation specialist

              Lincoln has a pretty extensive trail system and often times it gets plowed before the side streets. It is lit in places but pitch black dark in others. I run lit up like a Christmas tree, so I have no issues running in pretty much anything.

              Now if dog walkers were only as concerned about their own/pets safety, that would be awesome! My biggest near misses come from nearly smacking into a person wearing a black coat with a black dog in a dark night.


              Ultra Cowboy

                Country roads in my "Neighborhood" with a headlamp and reflective vest.  Narrow, no shoulder, littered with eucalyptus branches after a windy winter storm.  Been spooked a couple times but I'm still game to get out there.  Lucky we don't have to deal with Ice but once or twice a year.

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                FreeSoul87


                Runs4Sanity

                  I switch up my routes as much as possible, and the times I run. I use one knuckle light, and my capris or tights have reflective things on them, and I also wear a florescent yellow wind jacket thingy to help as well if it is cold enough or bright colored shirt. The fact that I run alone right now makes me nervous, but I feel better that I don't run the same routes every run.

                  *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                  PRs

                  5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                  10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                  15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                  13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                   


                  Bad Ass

                    I always run around my neighborhood but when it's dark out (Winter), the temps go down 80F so it's better for me to venture outside the normal route to explore when the sun is down (I run at 6pm and I got through rush hour traffic).  I always stay on the sidewalks because there is better footing in the dark (I'm famous for twisting my ankles in the dark).  At 6am on Sundays, I do the opposite: I stay near the house until it is light out because of the drunk drivers and crazy people still out.

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                    MrNamtor


                    DON'T TREAD ON ME

                      I admire the heck out of all you that can get out the door and run in the darkness, snow, ice and cold this time of year. I can't force myself to do it. So this is where I run when it's dark, or cold, or snowing/raining, or windy, or smokey, or anything else that's not to my liking outside:

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      I admit it; I'm a complete 100% weather wimp, and I'm both spoiled and very lucky to have access to this wonderful indoor 200m track all year long. My annual membership fee is about the cost of 4 good pairs of running shoes, and it's one of the best investments I've ever made. When I first was a runner 30 years ago, I took the 4 months or so of winter off from running and biking every year because I despise the cold, snow and darkness. Now I run nearly every day all winter, and often do doubles, and it's always warm and well-lit, and the only traffic I have to deal with are the clue-less noobs who always walk out on the track without looking. No cars, no trucks, and no school buses. If I get tired of the track, there are over 120 treadmills and ellipticals, plus a big weight room with machines and free weights. And a pool, and a 65-person capacity hot-tub.

                      THAT IS FKING Gr8te!

                      MrNamtor


                      DON'T TREAD ON ME

                        Thanks, all. You've confirmed what I was already thinking. Time to grow a pair and hit the streets.

                         

                        Lol. I'm not sure anyone was thinking you needed to "grow a pair". Well, I was. But I don't think anyone else was thinking that.

                        FreeSoul87


                        Runs4Sanity

                          Actually, in the famous words of Betty White, grow a vagina.

                          *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                          PRs

                          5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                          10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                          15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                          13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                           

                          MrNamtor


                          DON'T TREAD ON ME

                            If I could, I'd grow a whole farm Big grin

                            FreeSoul87


                            Runs4Sanity

                              If I could, I'd grow a whole farm Big grin

                               

                              Wink haha..... you'd probably wear yourself out.

                              *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                              PRs

                              5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                              10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                              15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                              13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                               

                              MrNamtor


                              DON'T TREAD ON ME

                                I think we might have just closed this thread down Freesoul Cool

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