before the ragnar, i had never run in the dark. at dusk? sure. at dawn? ha! you know me better than that! not a chance.
i was nervous about the nighttime run. if we all ran on schedule, i would be running at about 3:00. in. the. morning. it's fine to stay up until then, but run at that time? i wasn't sure how that was going to go.
i probably should have practiced running at night. after all, there was the reflective vest to maneuver, the blinking light to figure out, the headlamp to get adjusted to. but i didn't. because... well, i have no reason for why i procrastinated.
i ended up running at 2am. the nighttime run ended up being my favorite part of the ragnar! although i had my ipod with me, i never once turned it on. i listened to the crickets.the river.a passing train.my heartbeat.the wind in the grass.the runner's footfalls behind me.the silence that wasn't silent. everything had a surreal quality to it. it was absolutely amazing.
what is your experience with nighttime running? do you incorporate into your running schedule or avoid it?