If you are a trail runner, this question will always be in your mind. How can do trail running in the dark?
Well below is the answer for your and one of the most often asked question.
How can do trail running in the dark?
While we may be longing for the clocks to go forward, many of us with nine to five jobs may still have to face runs in the dark.
It’s a particular challenge if you run off-road. Running coach and mountain-lover Rachel Sheldrake offers these tips: “Equip yourself with a headlamps; being hands free will make opening gates, climbing stiles and reading the map a whole lot easier.
Buy the best headtorch you can afford, taking into consideration the terrain you are likely to be running on and the length of time you might be out.
As a rule, the harder the terrain you will be running on, the brighter the light you will need”. Rachel also suggests choosing easier terrain and wider trails until you become more confident in the dark.
“Start with a route you know well; familiar terrain underfoot and knowing where the path junctions are will allow you to focus on your running,” she adds. “When you feel ready to try a new route, recessing it in the daytime beforehand can help.
“Also, be prepared to concentrate more than you need to do on a daylight outing. From lifting your feet over obstacles to spotting that footpath sign. Everything takes a little more effort when done in darkness.”
The other idea Rachel suggests, when you’re more confident, is to try switching off your headtorch and use your night vision. “It’s amazing how quickly your eyes will adapt when all man-made light is out of sight, and you’ll be able to see more than you might expect.”
If you are buying a headtorch for the commute, look for at-desk USB charging compatibility rather than relying on carrying spare batteries.