Wednesday, July 9, 2008

In The Dark

Well friends, I had my FIRST night run. What a rush! Several of us met along one portion of the Creek Turnpike Trail @ about 10:45 PM & got in a good 14 miles. It was very surreal for me at first. Headlamps bobbing up & down, darkness on either side with "things" lurking just outside the lit path. It sort of gets the ole' adrenaline going. One good thing about running in the dark is that since you only see what is in the scope of your headlamp, you cannot see any of the hills looming ahead & do not end up anticipating anything.

The run was great & the cooler night brought out intense scents of honeysuckle. It was almost overwhelming at times. None-the-less, the run was great. Seeing as the Mother Road will have plenty of time "in the dark", it was good to get one in. Now if I can only get in a few more.

There is a 60 miler planned for sometime in August which will be an ideal opportunity to really get the feel of running through the night.

Tomorrow I get to go to the other extreme. We have a Coffee Run @ 6 AM. Although it will still be dark, I can have the anticipation of a nice Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks afterwards.

For now, let us press on through the night & onwards to the coffee.

1 comment:

T Z said...

Nice write-up, Ken. Night running is awesome especially in the summer months.

Next weekend, I'm going to Arkansas to do a night 50K. Then on July 25, a bunch of us are gonna run off and on all night on Turkey Mountain. The LOOOONG run on the Riverpath/Turnpike trail to NSU and back has been moved up one week to August 16th. I may do it statring Friday night, or maybe Saturday night. Kinda depends on how it works out with most peoples schedule. I am leaning towards Saturday night since I have the RunnersWorld Saturday long run to deal with.

I'll keep you in the loop.


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