11/13/07

Who's afraid of the dark?

Not me! Lately I've had a problem with running outdoors. 6a.m. is too dark and by the time the sun comes up around 7 or so, I have to start getting my arse ready for work. Boourns. Then by the time I waddle out of my office, the sun has long since set and I'm stumbling home in darkness, confronted by headlights and streetlights as I make my way along the downtown core. Well, katieo's post yesterday had me all jealous. She was running and I was sitting in my office chair. That blew. So I went straight home at 5p.m., put on my run clothes and headed right back out into the night. A little darkness wasn't going to stop me! Granted, running alone at night is NOT the safest thing for a woman to do, but I live in a pretty damn busy area. Another safety downside was I own next to nothing in terms of reflective gear and I found that the only pieces I do own are black. Oh how funny. But running in the dark is still human bowling at its finest. It's actually better :P And it was. 30 minutes of glorious contempt for slow people who hog sidewalks, yelling excuse me over heavy metal tracks blaring in my ear, ploughing into people who saw me coming for blocks ahead but have to walk three across on narrow construction obstructed sidewalks (I never understand that), puddle jumping (this I LOVE!) and red light running (because laws are only suggestions :P). Round two tonight, me thinks :)

10 comments:

Jen said...

*laughs* I think you just invented a new extreme sport!!!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Good for you--but yikes, be careful! There are some dumb ass drivers out there. Maybe one of those dorky glow-in-the dark vests or something might be worth looking into? Or a crash helmet?

We don't want to hear of any smoooshed mice!

Trish said...

Well first off, I hope you get more reflective gear. Secondly, human bowling is fun...tell me when you get your first split :)

Angie All The Way said...

Be careful girl. Find someone who can keep up with you if you can. Although I do hate relying on other people's schedules to coordinate stuff. If I've got the mind to go and do it, I don't know how long it's going to last so I want to be out the door.

marie said...

am I the only one that finds it funny that we're concerned about me running at 6p.m.?

Seriously - 6p.m.

katieo said...

hahaha!

I LOVE puddle jumping too!!
Glad you got out the door.

(Is 6am that much darker than 6 pm?)

Sara said...

I never run in the dark - me being the clutz I am and with my history with broken or sprained limbs it is just not smart!! I only run on Saturdays now and when I don't have basketball will run some lunches.

Hope you get to go tonight!

Candace said...

So jealous. I had a hankering to go out walking (will try jogging again another day - you're an inspiration) and didn't. Not because of the dark, but the cold dark wasn't the most appealing. Instead I did some messed up yoga video - I think I'll walk tonight.

soap box girl said...

OK- more of the same from me: BE CAREFUL! Go get reflective gear pronto. (and it wouldn't hurt to wait another half hour until the traffic has died down a bit). Lecture over. :)

eurydice said...

i'm into the running at night too. and just think... if anything bad happens or you feel nervous in the dark... you *are* running... just run away. haha.

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