Running after dark

Guys. I ran up the big hill at the tail end of my run today. Like all the way up. Without stopping for a walk break. Ran up the hill! 

This was totally unexpected for me today. I’ve been pretty tired most of the day, since I got home after my usual bedtime because of an event that I hosted last night for the local chapter of an investment society (which, by the way, was pretty freakin’ cool!). 

Knowing that I was pretty tired at the end of the day today, I went out on my run tonight with zero expectations. I was just going out to get my body moving and see the beautiful sunset.

By the way, who decided it was ok for the sun to start going down at THREE O’CLOCK in the afternoon?! It was beautiful, but I was hoping the time of year where I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark was a little further away. Oh well, at least my office has lots of windows.

By the time I got home, the sun was down most of the way. So, I hurried as fast as I could and got out the door to enjoy the last few minutes of sunshine. 

Since I run after work most days, I do the majority of my running in the dark. As a result, I’ve accumulated a plethora of reflective and light up running gear – including an extremely attractive yellow reflective vest (thank you, Ragnar!).

My favorite reflective items are my two magnetic smiley face reflectors that I’ve attached to my running pouch (who am I kidding, it’s a sleek fanny pack, haha), and these really cool light up arm bands that glow in multiple colors. 

What’s your favorite safety gear?

I’m pretty lucky to live in a pretty well lit neighborhood, but I still don’t want to take the chance that someone (e.g. A driver) might not see me while I’m out running. So, I don all of my reflective gear, run against traffic, and make sure to have enough space to be able to jump out of the way if necessary. I have had a couple close calls where cars didn’t see me right away, but running prepared made it a non-issue.

I’m happy with the results of my no expectations run this evening, and am now ready to tackle the mountain of studying I have to do. 

Happy Friday eve every body!

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