The verrryyyyy early blackout nights here in Toronto right now can easily get a little depressing. Through the years I have always noticed the "November no-show" effect in my classes. But just because it is dark out does not mean life around us has to come to a halt.
I was totally inspired this week by a New York running club - the Orchard Street Runners. Their whole motto is based around running just at night. They are a New York City run club that meets up every Tuesday night and together they run the city. Last year they hosted their first midnight half marathon. There is something very cool about the idea of a race in the middle of the night.
This video actually made me want to wait to run at night! The thing that I've found about a late night workout is that 9/10 I really don't want to go at all. I'll get home, maybe have dinner and just want to chill out on the couch until bedtime. The thing that always gets me is just how amazing I feel after a late day workout. I leave feeling totally energized and satisfied. As much as I totally dread it right before the evenings just feel better after I've had a workout!
Remember safety first! Bring a cellphone, keep a careful eye and reflective clothing is critical. If you're a female running alone at night it is also a good idea to mix up your route, patterns make you a way easier target!
I'll admit running at night can be a little bit on the scary side ... but that's part of the thrill of it. Call me crazy but the feeling that you just might be chased at any moment is motivating! It's quiet. I usually run fast (or it feels faster at least!). And the city has a totally different energy. I like to stick to main streets - it's nice to not have to dodge many pedestrians! It is also a lot more fun to night run with a friend or run group.
If you have never gone on a night run before I highly recommend them. And now is the perfect time of year to try it out!