One foot at a time, my new Brooks running shoe hits the pavement. The headlights from the passing cars light my path much better than the street lights above. I concentrate on the pavement with each stomp, making sure I’m running on a flat surface.
It’s my first “night time” run since last years leap into the air with an immediate face plant. It was not pretty. It was one of the moments, had it been caught on tape, would have gone viral on youtube. Luckily for me, nobody was around. Lucky for me it was too dark to record. Unlucky for me it was too dark to see the uneven asphalt. But if you enjoy hearing about other peoples mishaps you can read all about it here.
As I run down the sidewalk I find myself having to settle my brain to avoid panic. The ground looks like its moving, no doubt to try and trip me again. But it’s actually the growing shadows as the cars pass by. This run was shy of three miles and uneventful. I made it through without another crash and burn on the sidewalk.
This time of year is the worst for running. Try and get up early – you are running in the dark. Try and run after work – its dark again. The only good time to run is during a lunch break, but there is no gym at my office. No gym. No shower. I’m sure my cubicle mates would frown upon coming back to work after a long run – without showering first.
If I’m going to commit to running I guess I need to invest in some reflective wear. Do people run with the head lights strapped to their foreheads?