So a few weeks ago I mentioned in a post that I was really struggling to get up early and run before work. I’d set my alarm then hit snooze. Then hit snooze again. And again…and again…until it was time for me really to get up and shower to go to work.
A lot of people commented that being accountable to another person was a key motivator in getting them out of bed, and while I don’t have anyone to meet for a morning run, Kellie graciously offered her “accountability by text” services which I took her up on!
Thursday morning, bright and early (or not so bright as you’ll see…), Kellie sent me a fun (and of course Disney themed!) wake up call to try to rise my lazy butt out of bed to go for a run:
So until last Thursday morning at 5:45am, I’m not quite sure I fully appreciated the lack of street lights where I live now!
When I lived on Long Island, I regularly got up and headed out to run before the sun was up, but I lived on a well lit street, right off the main road through town which had even more street lights and a full (safe!) sidewalk. I really never thought about needing a headlamp or reflective clothing there.
And speaking of headlamps and reflective vests, I am now the proud owner of both ever since it started getting dark out for our run club runs…
…I’ve gotten used to our night time group runs in the dark, but there’s something about going out alone (even with a headlamp and vest!) that still freaks me out!
And you know what freaks me out the most??
Not getting hit by a car, or crossing paths with “bad people” – it’s the damn turkeys!
Seriously, the way I see it the headlamps aren’t really bright enough for me to see them too far ahead and apparently they are attracted to shiny stuff, so here I come running down the street lit up like a Christmas tree, I’m pretty much turkey bait! (You can read all about my healthy fear of wild turkeys – aka The Scariest Thing On Cape Cod – HERE if you missed it and no joke, a girl in my run club had to mace a turkey that was chasing her on a run!)
And aside from turkeys, I’m scared of hurting myself.
Honestly, I’ve fallen flat on my face running more than I care to admit (like during THIS race), so imagine how I’d fare in the dark!? Seriously, I’m just asking for a broken leg.
So, in an effort to get over this fear of a solo morning run in the dark, I reached out on Twitter and in my Weekly Training Recap for some advice on running in the dark – here’s what I got:
So, obviously reflective clothing and lights are a must and can definitely be found at your local running store (here’s part of the selection at the store near me):
Colleen from Being Your Change also said she always checks in with someone else at home to let them know what time to expect her back and opts for audio books over music when running in the dark so she can hear surrounding noises better which are both GREAT tips!
I also recently came across this great post from RoadID about running safely in the dark and urge you all to check it out:
So, I have a Kellie wake up call scheduled for this Thursday morning again and we’re going to give it another shot!
Here’s to hoping if I mind my own business the turkeys will too!