100 lb. Club - Turns out, I am a Night Runner.




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Goddess Jessica
02-03-2009, 03:34 PM
Recently I have decided to get over my uncomfortable-ness with running by... well, running!

This plan has been thwarted since I can't seem to get up early enough to get out the door. Last night I decided to run at night.

My entire perspective has changed. Running at night hides all the things that I have felt self-conscious about during the day. I get very red-faced when I run and I am always thinking about that but at night no one can see me. There are less people out - I can pant without worrying that I sound like my dog! And it's actually quite beautiful -- the moon, the stars, the lights of the city.

I think I'm a night runner! And I would have never guessed it could be so different so I thought I would share.


nelie
02-03-2009, 03:43 PM
I've run at night a few times. Only issue is my usual running path gets a bit eerie as its on a quiet road where no houses really face the road. To kind of solve that issue, I've run with my husband but he is faster than me so I would give myself a 5 minute head start.

Eves
02-03-2009, 04:42 PM
*shakes fist at people who can run outside because it's not 11 degrees where they live*

That's great that you can run at night. The couple of times that I schedule night runs I get a .25 average since it's easy to give myself excuses later in the day (I'm tired, been a long day, etc.). Good luck!


Kae
02-03-2009, 04:45 PM
I don't run... but I do enjoy walking or biking at night. It is very pretty and peaceful.

FB
02-03-2009, 04:46 PM
Whenever I get the odd desire to run, it's inevitably at night! I find it to be peaceful. I always wonder if I look like a crazy burglar bad girl because we live in a downtown without a lot of evening runners.

It is beautiful. Now if it would just warm up.... 11 degrees here too Eves. Bah!

cfmama
02-03-2009, 05:01 PM
That sounds awesome! That is so cool that you have found a way to do something that you love and adapt it just for you.

WatertonGirl
02-03-2009, 05:35 PM
I LOVE to run at night, seriously, especially in the summer. The heat is so bad during the day that I can't get through my runs. But if I wait and do it an 2 hours before bed it's perfect - it's nice and cool out, there is not really anyone around, I grab my pooch and my hubby follows on his bicycle and get er done! :)

valpal23
02-03-2009, 08:10 PM
Jess do you run on pavement? I'd like to start running once the snow melts but 1. I'm concerned about my knees and 2. know my form will suck. How'd you not injure yourself? (why does injure look like a funny word right now?)

WatertonGirl
02-03-2009, 08:19 PM
Val if you have a running room in your town (or even if you don't you can take this online) I HIGHLY recommend the "Learn to Run" course. It's like $50 or $60 and it is a 10 week course that shows you the proper way to run to minimize injuries. If you do the course in the store then you also get a built in group of people to run with once a week! It's so awesome, it takes you from pretty much no running at all to being able to run 10 minutes and then walk 1 minute in just 10 weeks!. The trainers are awesome and they are right there with you every single step of the way!!

I took the course last summer and LOVED it!

JulieJ08
02-03-2009, 08:20 PM
Sounds delightful to me. I usually run around 5:15, so it's dark then too. I love the quiet at that time, but I think I would like downtown scenery after dark in the evening too.

MariaMaria
02-03-2009, 08:39 PM
Run safe, y'all.

http://www.brightideasusa.biz/reflectivegear.html
http://www.amazon.com/s.html?ie=UTF8&node=3375301&brand=Jog%20A%20Lite
http://www.niteize.com/productdetail.php?category_id=31&product_id=38

FWIW I'm a long-time night runner, and I like a reflective sash for general use, and I add blinking armbands when I'm in a location where pedestrians, runners, and bikes in the road would be a surprise rather than totally expected and watched for.

moon safari
02-03-2009, 08:46 PM
Night running is so much fun! It's my favorite thing in the summer because it's a lot cooler. Plus there's no cars in my area which is great.

TraceyElaine
02-03-2009, 09:02 PM
Sounds amazing!

valpal23
02-03-2009, 09:10 PM
Val if you have a running room in your town (or even if you don't you can take this online) I HIGHLY recommend the "Learn to Run" course. It's like $50 or $60 and it is a 10 week course that shows you the proper way to run to minimize injuries. If you do the course in the store then you also get a built in group of people to run with once a week! It's so awesome, it takes you from pretty much no running at all to being able to run 10 minutes and then walk 1 minute in just 10 weeks!. The trainers are awesome and they are right there with you every single step of the way!!

I took the course last summer and LOVED it!


Thanks for the idea :) I actually live near the arctic circle in a very remote Canadian town so I'm pretty sure I wont be able to take the course in any store within a 500 mile radius. I guess I could cough up money to take an online course though.

lalique
02-03-2009, 09:46 PM
Someday when I can run, I think I'll probably be a night runner too. :)

Goddess Jessica
02-08-2009, 02:25 AM
First of all, it never even crossed my mind that there are people that live in places where running at night right now is IMPOSSIBLE. Shows you that I've really have become acclimated to living in southern california. My mother (the michigander) would be soooo disappointed. :)

Val - Dear god, I can't imagine how you can live near the arctic circle! Yes, I am running on pavement. It would be smarter if I ran on blacktop but I live in the city so running in the road is just a little outside my comfort zone. Of course I worry about repetitive stress injuries (like my knees) but I'm listening to my body right now and nothing hurts. I am also wearing good shoes. I'm not sure about form. I just run. I try to relax because I tend to clench up my chest and back when I get tired and that reallllly makes my back sore so I try to be aware of that. That's about it.

MariaMaria - At least I don't run in the street so you don't have to worry about me TOO much.

slimmingsi
02-08-2009, 08:40 AM
over here in the uk i preferre to jog in the dark because its colder. i find it more comfortable to jog at night than during the day as its easier to keep my body temp in check. very hard to get heat stroke in the uk in winter :D

jamsk8r
02-08-2009, 02:48 PM
Val, check out the Couch to 5K program on coolrunning(dotcom). Free beginner's running program. It doesn't cover safety, just gets you running. Crossfit(dotcom) has some streaming videos on their site about running form, though. From the main page, look on the left menu for "exercises and demos" then click on "running" from that page to see what vids they have. Maybe that will help?

rodeogirl
02-08-2009, 03:22 PM
All this talk about running form reminds me of the Friends episode where Rachel won't run with Phoebe because Phoebe's running "form" is well.. unique!

-RG
Providing Friends' references whenever possible.

MariaMaria
02-08-2009, 04:43 PM
Running form just kind of is. It's individual and in general it's not something to worry about.

Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOT0z1fiuk0) is footage of a woman named Paula Radcliffe. Look how upright she runs, her arms are all over the place (not so obvious in this clip) and her head bobs like a working girl when the rent is due--all of which is technical for "and she runs like a dork."

Paula Radcliffe has run four of the fastest women's marathon times ever, and she's the greatest distance runner of her generation.

slimmingsi
02-09-2009, 06:39 AM
in her defence she only bobs her head and flails her arms like that when she is really working hard, if you watch her cruising its actually very clean form

GirlyGirlSebas
02-09-2009, 07:57 AM
Jessica - I'm so glad you found a good running time for yourself. I hope you fall in love with the best exercise around! IMO. :D

When I was a runner, I loved to run at night. There was less traffic, less people who wanted me to stop and chat and less mugginess in Florida.