Winter training

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04/10/2002 at 09:09
Now that winter is upon us please tell me I'm not the only one who can't fit a running schedule around work , what with the dark nights / mornings etc ?
WildWill    pirate
04/10/2002 at 11:14
Autumn / winter runs can be marvellous – getting out there in the dark crisp nights can be as productive as any summer sessions

You need to adapt you running and stick to well lit paths and roads and it’s the perfect time of year to work on things such as hill reps etc – because its dark no one cane see you running back and forth and think you’re a bit of a nutter

Learn to enjoy the dark BUT also try to get at least one run in during day light hours (normally at the weekend)

The winter is not an excuse to let your training suffer – embrace it

Will
04/10/2002 at 11:29
See my main problem is that when I run I wear my prescription sunglasses , they're lighter than my other specs and stay on my nose. If I take them off I can't see much. If I dont wear them when its dark .....
WildWill    pirate
04/10/2002 at 11:32
I keep my normal specs on with a bit of elastic – this is for cycling as I don’t bother wearing them for running – but same problem
04/10/2002 at 12:17
I'll have to change my route to one with street lamps
04/10/2002 at 13:25
Hi Mercury,

I'm with WW on this one - I LOVE my early morning autumn/winter runs. I leave the house in the dark and as I shamble my way round my route the sky changes colour, the birds start to sing (I'm nowhere exotic - just Woking!) and by the time I get back home I feel FAB (don't look too good though!).

Re: the glasses thing - how about daily (or monthly - my choice) disposable contact lenses? You can also get those "sport" strap thingies that fit onto your specs and are adjustable at the back of your head - basically a shop bought version of WW's elastic!

Let us know how you get on.

Happy Shambler!
05/10/2002 at 00:52
I can't comment about the glasses, but the dark doesn't need to stop you running. I live in a three street lamp village, so I run with caving torch, flashing arm band and reflective gear.

Like WW, it really does help you to appreciate the weekend daylight off road run
05/10/2002 at 02:45
Yup, I reckon you just have to adapt your routes to dark friendly streets\roads and go for it. How do folks feel running in the dark, I think it can be kind of exciting, I always feel like I'm running faster (even though I'm not) when it's dark.

Crisp cold morning runs when the mist is still down can be beautiful too, and they really make you appreciate the hot shower afterwards!!

Wahey - winter is on the way. (sorry for that...)
05/10/2002 at 09:03
Johnny - do you mean one of those lamps you wear on a head strap or just a hand held torch? I've often wondered about a head-torch, but wasn't sure how comfortable they are.
05/10/2002 at 13:44
I cant face running in the cold and dark mornings of winter,so i ve just bought a treadmill.I do about 40 a week on it and its the best thing i ever bought.Cos of work i have to run at about five in the morning,so its ideal.
05/10/2002 at 18:24
Being a female dark nights do not really appeal. However I don't let it stop me training, but I try to get out before it gets too dark unless I'm running with others. I also stick to well populated, well lit streets.

While I love training in the summer, I don't really enjoy racing in the heat. I much prefer the winter for racing, but not for training.
06/10/2002 at 19:24
I agree with Hilly. Being female is a bit of a problem and running in the dark. I live in a village and usually run along the lanes but I can't say that it appeals in the winter for mainly safety reasons. I might try the going out early as it gets light but I think I might try joining a club for the winter, other than that it's the treadmill during the week and out at the weekend.
06/10/2002 at 22:55
Jo,
Sorry about the delay.

Yes, I use one of those torches you wear on the head. My children disown me, but its light and comfortable. Adjusting it over my winter wooly hat (dayglo yellow of course) takes a bit of time before setting out, but once thats done you can more or less forget that its there.

One caution - if you do encounter oncoming traffic, don't look straight at the driver - the night time runner's equivalent of not dipping your headlights!

Village Runner - yes, running with a club is a good way of ensuring a couple of safe nightime runs in company.
07/10/2002 at 10:29
One other tip, when running in the dark & just using normal night vision, if confronted by a car etc with headlights on, close your good eye until it passes & you will retain a lot more of your night vision. Very handy for avoiding trees & other hard obstacles ( voice of experience)
08/10/2002 at 08:17
Oh, almost forgot to say, winter time is when having a considerate employer really helps. I am soooo very lucky in having an employer that lets me work flexible hours AND has showers on site, so going out for a run at lunchtime for me is easy (I realise how lucky I am).
It's only when the dark nights of winter appear that I fully appreciate being able to take off for 6 miles at lunchtime. Honestly, from now on I will always ask prospective employers about showering facilities on site, and not just for prospective bike commutes.
On another note, if I have had a bad\stressfull morning I find after a lunchtime run, I can work much better in the afternoon than if I had just eaten some sandwiches at my desk. Anyone else find their daily run to be a really good sress reliever\revitaliser? Maybe we should market this to employers?
08/10/2002 at 09:40
To follow on from Nick M., I wear a baseball cap and the peak works really well to keep on coming car headlamps from blinding you. It's also great in the rain as the peak keeps the rain out of your face/eyes.

Happy Winter Shambler!

08/10/2002 at 09:56
Our club's Tuesday runs are in the forest during the summer, but on the roads in the town during the winter. The winter road runs start today, unfortunately. I find though that running alone in the dark focusses my thoughts on my tiredness, my aches and pains and how far I still have to go because there's no scenery! Running with other people is better because I forget all those things and just get on with it. As for rain - it always looks worse from the warmth of the living room, so I force myself to get out and get wet. But despite all those positive thoughts I really don't like the winter at all! It's just a case of grin and bear it.
08/10/2002 at 11:34
I guess I am lucky that I work offshore so when I am at home I can still go out during daylight, I still love going out early though and there is something special about being out on a cold, crisp winter morning that really makes it worth while.
When I am aork I use a treadmill too, I find it boring but it does help my concentration a lot.
15/10/2002 at 13:23
Andy

I usually run at lunchtimes, but wimped out today. My excuse is that my clothes hadn't dried enough out from the cycle in for me to go running in the rain!

As well as showers I'll ask for somewhere to hang wet training/cycling kit when I go for any other jobs.

I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses so I use a baseball cap when it's raining and wear my normal glasses, but I've just splashed out and ordered some adidas gazelles with prescription clip-ins, I'll let you all know how I get on with them.
15/10/2002 at 13:57
I live in a village and within 4 mins each direction I am out of street lights. I have started to run at lunchtimes but if I can't get out it has to be in the dark. I wear a run-a-brite bib and carry a lightweight torch. Most of the time I have it turned off as your eyes get used to the dark but when I see a car coming, even if I am on a path, I switch the torch on and point it at the path in front of me. I find that this stops the blindness that you get from the dazzle after the car passes and then you can switch the torch off again umtil next time. Again I will switch it on if I hear a car coming from behind me. I live in a really quiet area so there aren't too many cars. Being a female does make you more wary about going out in the dark and I am very concious of any noises around me. I do limit the night runs to about 30 - 40 mins and try to get a longer one in during the weekend. I don't feel happy going anu further away from the village than about 1.1/2 miles before turning to come back. Roll on next March.
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