I'm all about getting outdoors even during the winter. There are only so many hours I can do on my rollers before I start to get cabin fever! But with so few hours of daylight and so many things to do its becomes difficult to fit it all in before sunset! What’s a girl to do? Well.....buy a decent head torch and get involved!
It’s LIFE CHANGING. No more clock watching and count downs, you can literally go when you please and really is an awesome experience and if you're a little intimidated to start with then get involved in a local event to wet you whistle.
My ride leader Mike & I headed down to Dash in the Dark held at Llandegla forest and what a treat. 50 or so other nutters turned up in the pitch black freezing cold on a Friday night #ROCKSTARS to take on a really challenging run course of 6km through the mountain bike trails of the forest, There is something quite special about knowing that you're the only ones out there and you don’t get to run the bike trails during daylight so its like a back stage pass. We both really enjoyed and in fact will be heading down to the next one on Friday 15th Jan. Details here
Since this event I've been out a few times for runs & rides and its a great way to switch up the training a little.
You have to focus - You cant see more than a few meters ahead, no busy roads, or lovely views to distract you so you actually become very focused and self aware. It’s a good opportunity to observe yourself, your breathing, your running technique, cadence, foot fall and really tune in to yourself
It’s a thrill - It definitely gets the adrenalin pumping and gets the senses heightened
It frees up your schedule - You can get all the stuff you need to get done that day and then go enjoy yourself without the worry of all the things you haven’t done yet
Get a good head torch - I went for the Black Diamond Storm. Mid range, no big bulky rechargeable battery units, just AA, So far so good on battery life......and the range is incredible!
Go on trails you know and be careful - The risk of injury is slightly elevated in these circumstances so only go on trails you're familiar with already and watch you footing. It takes a while to get you Head torch adjusted right so keep adjusting until its firmly in place and follows your eyes
Don’t do this alone! It’s more fun to do it with others for a start but again, safety in numbers and just let people know where you're going to be
Pretty obvious ones but just use common sense & go have fun in the dark! Anyone local across the North West and would like to join us on a trip then get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
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