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Running at night!

Running at night is very popular and many joggers choose to enjoy their passion this way after work, because the days are so much shorter in winter and also to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures in summer. Go off the beaten track, free your mind and awaken your senses!


Why run at night?  

Often due to late working hours and to avoid the confinement of the gym, many runners choose to exercise by running at night. It has many benefits: the silence and solitude of nature, a chance to see the world in a new light, freedom and heightened senses...

Also, when you run at night, you perceive your environment and adapt to it in a totally different way to during the day. When you run at night, your vision will gradually adapt to the darkness. You will be able to determine the lay of the land and develop your awareness and balance.

Exercising at the end of the day increases aerobic capacity and improves physiological functions. Studies show that these functions (reaction time and co-ordination) are maximised between 4pm and 10pm.  


Where should I run?  

That's the big question! Choose busier areas for safer running at night. Why not run in a group? Organised nocturnal running groups allow joggers to train together and to gradually adapt to running in the dark.

Certain locations such as stadiums, gardens, parks and quaysides, which provide safety and comfort, are very popular with runners. They are accessible in the mornings and evenings and are well lit so you can run more comfortably. Urban pathways are mainly used by night time runners.

If you do not want to run circuits around a stadium and if you have had enough of tarmac, go off the beaten track with a head torch and run along paths you know very well.

When running at night, make sure you are prepared! Prepare before every run, check the weather conditions, bring your mobile and enough food and drink.


What equipment do I need?

At night, although the bogeyman won't get you, it is essential to invest in lighting equipment that is suitable for running, e.g. a head torch. You can use incandescent or LED lights, or even both, so you can see in the dark in all conditions.

If you want to see well, go for a second light that you can attach to your waist. 

Seeing is essential, but being seen is also fundamental for your safety, especially if part of your route includes roads. Wear bright or reflective warm clothing because temperatures can drop considerably at night.


Run in complete safety with Kalenji.

Happy running!