Top 10 Reasons to run at night!

Top 10 Reasons to run at night!

When I talk to other runners I’m always a bit surprised that some of them still don’t run at night at all! So here are 10 reasons to run at night.
1. You see and hear loads of wildlife. I’d only ever seen a badger dead on the roadside until I started night running. I’ve now virtually tripped over one plus deer, owls and many more.
2. It’s often not that dark. Sometimes there’s moonlight but even if there’s not you’ll often see a silhouette of the landscape or lights in the distance. ‘Nautical Twilight’, where it’s too dark to see your feet but not too dark to see the horizon, continues for quite a while after ‘Civil Twilight’ ends. Running up a long steep hill recently on the bank of the River Dart we were rewarded with a fantastic view across to the bright lights of Torbay
3. If you want to try an ultra in the future do some night running. Many of them include running in the dark. Plus you need to get those winter miles in to get in shape for one.
4. It’s virtually free. You just need shoes and a head-torch. Definitely no expensive gym memberships required!
5. It’s a hell of a lot more fun than running on a treadmill!
6. It makes the best use of your time. In the winter it gets dark as early as 4.30pm and light as late as 8am. Running in the dark makes use of times of the day when otherwise you might be slumped in front of the telly or lying in bed waiting for the day to start.
7. It’s very quiet at night. I often do a night 10K run around the woodland and river paths of Dartington and never see a soul.
8. A night running race is an amazing sight. To see a long snake of lights stretching out across the Moor, the collective endeavour, the satisfaction as people cross the finishing line.
9. Simple food never tastes so good as after a night run. Expense can be spared. A bowl of cheesy chips tastes as good as a Michelin 2 star meal, a bowl of stew from our caterers, The Kitchen Table, tastes even better.
10. It’s sociable. Our Wild Running group meets up every Thursday evening whatever the weather for a run starting from a pub somewhere in South Devon. Afterwards we head to a local pub for a pint & some of the aforementioned chips.
Ben Tisdall

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