Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lighting up the Night

I need to run in the dark. Not because of any huge desire to be out at night, but because as I work to increase my mileage for marathon training, I’m finding that the only time I have for long runs are at night or early morning.

As I spend more time running in the dark, I'm quickly finding out that I need something to illuminate the path in front of me. In a perfect world, I could rely on my night vision, but most of my running occurs on suburban streets with various lights and cars and so I need something more to help me see where I’m going. In addition, this light source will need to cut through the lights of oncoming cars; their headlights can be so blinding that I can't see anything without a light source.

I’m currently using a head lamp, but its beam shoots its light past my eyes, killing my night vision. I’m pondering picking up a GoMotion Sport Runner 100 sport belt, which seems like it would work given that its light would be closer to the road. However, I didn’t get a chance to try it in the dark, am unsure of how comfortable it would be on longer runs, and also don’t really know what else is available.

What do you use to light up your night runs? Do you have any gear that you swear by?

1 comment:

  1. What about a handheld flashlight in addition to your headlamp? It would actually be quite similar to carrying a water bottle, especially if you bought a carrying strap like this:

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