I know I’m not always the smartest runner. For instance monday weight training I did a high rep, medium weigh deadlift workout. That is itself is not bad, but yesterday met fiends for a 6 mile run. My back was getting a little still 2 miles in. I was able to make it through, but could not push it as i wanted to.
But that is not the point of this post. I am a morning runner. I prefer to be on the road at 5 AM; less traffic and less people out at that time. I find it a nice way to wake up get my thoughts together for the day. This time of year it is still rather dark while i am running. I run the same area every day, changing the course up a little depending on distance i want to go. It is in a local city park, and for the most part it is lit by streetlights. I always make sure that I wear a reflective vest, while i don’t see many cars while I am out. I would rather be more visible in the dark. However, one thing that I don’t use in my morning runs are flashlights.
I know there are numerous types; ones in hats, gloves, even ones that attache to the body. I just don’t like them; Compared to other runners I see in the morning I fee that I am in the minority in this. Of the Regular runners and walkers I see in the morning there is only one other person that does not seem to use some type of flashlight. Personally I feel that they impair my vision more that they help me see the road. While I can see the road directly ahead of me a little better, that is about the only place they help. Anything outside the beam seems to be darker and I feel like I only focus on the area where it is brighter. Similar to being in a theatre, you focus on the stage and do not notice the audience as much. From a safety standpoint I would rather be more aware of my surroundings than have a little better vision of the road in front of me.
I know I run in the city, mostly under streetlights on paved roads at that hour. My opinion on this may be a little different if I did not have the streetlights, but I have never had an issue running at 5 AM without a flashlight. For those of you that run in the morning, or even after sundown, what is your opinion on this.