As the evenings are (unfortunately) getting shorter, it leaves less time for me to run during daylight hours – except at the weekends. This evening I took to one of my regular routes just as the sun went down (c 6.30pm) all in prep for The 2015 London Marathon next April.
I found it quite the novelty, running in the dark. Thankfully I used my headband with a light which I received upon running The Paris Marathon earlier this year. I hadn’t used it since then. It provided so much light and I didn’t feel it on my head at all. I passed a few runners who had no light at all which I think is very dangerous, as some parts of the route are pitch black (mainly on the way from Hammersmith Bridge to Putney Bridge, along the Barnes banks). Probably something that should be put in – lights along the banks, as otherwise it’s not very safe for anyone to be over there.
Here’s a quick snap of what the route looked like in the dark (you’ll excuse the poor image quality!)
If you’ve not yet tried running in the dark, I’d recommend you give it a go – but be sure to light up, so you can see where you’re going and to be seen by others!