The Dark Forest
As fall begins it can only mean one thing
but I still get panicky so after freaking out yet again trying to run in the dark forest this morning I have come to the conclusion that I either A, need to find a non-bike path 8 mile run preferably well lit and safe or B, split my runs up so I can hit the path when it gets light out and avoid the freak out. This is what led to my first two a day since well probably ever. This morning I ran 6 and this evening I ran 2 for a total of (carry the one, divide by two, take the square root) oh yeah 8. That seemed to work okay. I mean going back out for a run in the evening after a long day of work and heels seemed like a cruel form of torture but I felt better after and I knocked'em out at an okay pace for me so they couldn't have been that bad. So perhaps a day or two a week I will resort to this method to cut down on early morning darkness/ cold runs and still fit in my miles.
And with winter comes darkness.
I am an early morning runner. I always have been. I like waking up and after a good fifteen minutes of staring into space/sipping coffee putting my shoes on and heading out the door. I like to knock my runs out first thing so inevitably when something comes up later in the day I don't have to wonder how I am going to fit my run in. Instead I can feel all smug that I knocked out 8 miles before most people are out of bed. That is right. Winning with the early morning runs. But I have recently run into a problem with my smug early morning runs;
The Dark Forest (aka the bike path I run on surrounded by early morning ominous trees.)
Running in the early morning hours increasingly means running in the dark. I have a super bright flash light I carry and a pretty hip neon yellow reflector waste band thing so I can be seen. But that does nothing to stop the weird panicky claustrophobic feeling I get running on the bike path in the dark surrounded by trees. This has happened a few times now. Get on path. Get all freaked out by darkness and weird sounds. Now I know the only thing in the trees are these
That is of course until I have my treadmill........I dream big.