I love running at night. Especially in the suburbs where there is enough light to see where you are going, but it is dark enough to feel like everything is flying past. for some reason I always feel faster as night. Im not sure why that is, but it energizes me and some of my best training runs have taken place at night.
There is something about clearing my mind at the end of a long work day that an evening run also accomplishes. Running at night certainly has it own set of challenges. Let’s just say I have stubbed my toe and fallen of my face from a crack in the concrete I didn’t see n the limited light more than once, ouch. That one hurt.
When I was in college, my roommates and I had a 1 mile beer challenge. It was stupid, but it was also one of my favorite night time races. We would sneak onto the university track. The race was the first person to finish 4 laps, but there was a catch. After the first lap you had to drink a beer, after the 2nd lap a beer, and after the 3rd lap another beer. So the true race was 4 laps and 3 beers. I don’t know who came up with this idea, or why we did it more than once, but it was fun. It was also a race I never won. Something about downing a beer and running that my body seemed to reject.