The cold doesn’t bother me. You just put more layers on. People may think I’m crazy, but I run outside until it’s close to zero degrees. I have tights that have a wind layer. I have mittens that are too warm until it is under 20 degrees and even then if it’s a long run I switch to my lighter gloves 6 or so miles in. I have more cold weather running tops than I care to admit. I know how to layer. I have been doing it my whole life. It’s no different than staying warm while out snowboarding all day. The cold, not a problem.
The no daylight. This is a problem. I seemed to have developed a fear of running in the dark. I have no idea where this game from. I have been running in the dark for years. My fear isn’t there when I run with Sara or a group. It is there when I am supposed to run alone. Monday night I was planning on running outside after work. It was 43 degrees so I figured even after the sun went down it wouldn’t be cold. Instead of changing into my running clothes at work and driving to the park I turned left and went to the gym. I HATE the treadmill. Why on earth did I choose running on the treadmill.
And then Tuesday morning I am able to get out of bed at 5:00am, put on my layers, and pound out our 5.5 mile run. I have Sara with me on that loop. I would never ever run that part of the trail in the dark by myself. Maybe it was the years living in a bigger city, maybe it is the years living in the country, who knows? But really, I need to not be afraid of the dark. I can’t run with Sara for every run. I ran by myself last winter. What happened? There was no bad experience that happened between last winter and now. I just became a wuss. I don’t run with headphones outside in general and would never ever do it at night. I started that years ago. I have a headlamp. I have a reflective vest.
Do you run outside in the dark? How do you make yourself feel comfortable? Any advice to help me get over my completely irrational fear? I can’t take a whole winter of running on the treadmill or sitting on my ass.
Help save me from myself.