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The joy and benefits of night running

Hi, and welcome back to the Mohsin Salya blog.

As the nights draw in, many of us find it harder and harder to find the time to get out for our regular run. The amount of daylight available after getting in from work is fast diminishing – and as it gets colder as well it gets easier to decide to put off your run until the weekend. If that sounds like you, then you’re not alone.

There is, however, another way. Night Running is becoming increasingly popular – especially during the winter months – and it really does have some advantages. There are a few things to bear in mind however – so here my top tips.

  1. Be safe

An obvious one, perhaps, but it is essential that you make yourself as visible as possible if you’re heading out for a run at night. A hi-vis top is a must have, and there are a huge range of reflectors and even flashing lights you can wear – don’t be afraid to go overboard. Also leave your headphones at home – at night you need to be even more aware of your surroundings that during the day.

  1. Stay close to home

Do loops of a shorter route close to home rather than heading out into the wilds in the dead of night. That way if you do need to get home quickly, you can. Make sure you tell people where you’re going too.

  1. Eat in the afternoon.

You’re going to miss your regular evening meal, so be prepared and eat early.

So, do I recommend night running? Absolutely – and now is the perfect time of the year to give it a go. It’s a completely different experience – and one that can really get the heart pumping and the adrenalin flowing. One of the wonders of running in the dark is how much more heightened your senses are – you’ll see sights you’ve never seen before – and you’ll get a fresh perspective on a familiar world.

Until the next time,

Mohsin Salya.

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