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My first run after dark - it was good!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I had to stay up late in the past few days, and I sacrificed my Monday run to get more sleep.
Today I'm on a business trip and chose sleep over exercise again in the morning.
I knew I would stay in the hotel next to the lake with the lovely trail around it, and the more I thought about running in the evening, the better the idea seemed.

I got to the hotel after 7 pm, changed into running clothes and off I went.
It was -2 oC / 28 oF, starry night, no wind at all - pleasant and mild compared to my Sunday run in -7oC and strong wind.
The trail was covered in packed snow and ice, so I put on my YakTrax - first time this winter.
There were only a few street lamps, but I could see the white snow-covered trail very well, and needed my flashlight only at the darkest places.
The starry sky and the frozen lake were beautiful. There was very little open water left, all the ducks gathered there and quacked quietly.
I ran 3 laps around the lake, a bit less than 3 miles, at 10,5 min/mile. I didn't want to push, I wanted to stay safe and I have a scheduled run tomorrow morning.
There was only one fellow runner on the trail, he wore a proper headlamp, unlike myself.

It was refreshing and totally cheered me up after the long working day.
A nice surprise, I always thought I would be too tired to run after work, and that darkness would be depressing. Maybe the beauty of the lake did the trick.
Anyway, this evening run was just as enjoyable as any of my morning runs.
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HAKAPES 12/15/2012 2:48PM

    I also love the runs after the long working days!
Now I want to experiment to do exercise in the morning.
And congrats for choosing the good nights sleep!

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KICKINGKILOS 12/13/2012 1:32AM

    Wow, sounds nice.:)
I HAVE to ask--what do you wear? I do treadmill at home and I have to push so hard to do it in this weather(I dont put the heater on)
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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2012 12:48AM

    How great! You went for it despite the dark and found out it was really special. Good for you!! Bet you won't hesitate to run again whenever you have the time.

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MOBYCARP 12/11/2012 9:37PM

    I'd always prefer to run with daylight, but running in the dark is much better than not running at all. When that's what fits in the schedule, it can be beautiful. As you have now seen.

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CHRISTINA791 12/11/2012 6:03PM

    I enjoy it. It takes a while to get used to it, especially when you have a sudden shift to darkness (I run right after work at 5:00, so the time change literally sent me into darkness from one day to the next), but it can be quite pretty. One of my routes is very calm and peaceful with lights reflecting on the water. The other is more of a public plaza and has some amazing lightscaping.

Once you get over that mental hump of going outside when it's cold and dark, it's totally worth it.

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MYLOVELYCURVES 12/11/2012 5:24PM

    Sounds beautiful! Good for you for sticking with your routine even while away on business!

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RG_DFW 12/11/2012 4:50PM

    Be proud of yourself for keeping to the workout!

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ROXYZMOM 12/11/2012 4:47PM

    That sounds really pretty. What exactly do you wear so you don't freeze to death?

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