Two Nights, One Village

Considering that I’m a trail-running tree-hugger at heart, I never thought that I could enjoy spending wintry evenings running on the roads.

The fact is that I simply wouldn’t feel safe on the trails in the darkness, especially because I often run on my own. I still haven’t been able to move myself to head to the gym and revisit the dreadmill, so this week, in a somewhat desperate move, I’ve simply stepped out my front door and ran around my village.

Inspired by the lovely smallislandrunner, I decided to make a game out of it, and over two evenings ran along every street in my little village. I’ve lived here for a few years, but this still helped me discover a few nooks and crannies I have never visited before.

What’s more, it’s been really good fun – I enjoyed the silence of the streets at night, watching my shadow dance in the street lamp light and listening to my footfall on the damp sidewalks.

Isn’t it funny how things that we dread can turn out to be so good for us?

Pittenweem Night

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7 thoughts on “Two Nights, One Village

  1. Trails and Ultras says:

    Its funny, I don’t like road running but there’s something surreal about running at night through silent streets that I quite enjoy. Plus I agree its not safe to go out trail running alone at night. Sigh. It’s the start of cabin fever season…

    • I couldn’t agree more! I’m running every Saturday and Sunday on the trails still, making the most of the daylight hours. However, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the winter as much as I can, it’s a different type of running and it’s not like it’s all bad. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to spring!

  2. I have been scared of running at night for so long — but I have had some of my BEST runs the past few weeks…in the dark. Something so peaceful about it.

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the comment – it’s nice to see that you feel the same way. I feel silly now that I was so convinced that I’d be miserable running in the dark, without even giving it a shot. It’s been good fun so far, and I’m now looking forward to my first few runs in the snow (having said that, I’ve had some awesome snow runs in the past!).

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