Running in the dark

Friday, September 18 – 4.11 mile run, 11:06 average pace

I headed out to a local park not too far from my house for a change of scenery. It’s been quite a few months since I’ve been there and in the past there were always park lights on after dark. Well, I arrived just at dusk and figured maybe the lights were just taking a little bit to kick on. But no, the lights never turned on that night. Luckily there was enough ambient light that I could still see where I was going. It was a little scary running by myself in the dark, but I had pepper spray with me and the park is right next to a Costco so there’s a decent amount of traffic that goes by.

Part of the reason I picked the park is because it seemed like a good place to do some less structured intervals. One loop around the park is about .59 miles so I did intervals of about .44 miles at a faster pace and then .15 miles of recovery. The lap feature on my Garmin was acting a bit funky so I won’t post all my times on the intervals. But my best interval was .44 miles at a 9:34 pace. I wasn’t trying to run all out, just a little faster than usual, so that’s a pretty good time for me. Of course, I did plan my course strategically so I ran the downhill portion and saved the uphill for my recovery.

Sunday, September 20 – 3 mile run, 11:29 average pace (Saucony)

  • Mile 1 – 12:05
  • Mile 2 – 11:34
  • Mile 3 – 10:48

My tummy was feeling upset so the last mile I was basically just in a rush to get back to my car and head home.

Monday, September 21 – 1 mile warm-up, 2x800s, 2x400s, 1 mile cool-down (Saucony)

Back to the track for a more structured speedwork section. My training plan called for 400s, but I decided to switch it up and try a couple 800s instead. The 800s weren’t as bad as I remember them being. But I guess that probably means I wasn’t working hard enough.

  • 1st 800 – 4:33
  • 2nd 800 – 4:42
  • 1st 400 – 2:06
  • 2nd 400 – 2:07

I’m happy that we’re getting cooler weather here in Phoenix, but it sucks that the sun is also setting sooner. I was surprised I didn’t get kicked off the track on Monday since I basically did my last cool-down mile in the dark. If the park doesn’t start turning on the lights, I’m going to be stuck running laps around the neighborhood for the next few months.

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3 thoughts on “Running in the dark”

  1. I bet the city is saving money by not lighting the park. There are some sections of the canal that are lit – maybe you’re near one of them? I know I have one section that is lit, but I have the feeling it’s because it’s in “Scottsdale” where things have to be fancy.

  2. I am not a fan of shorter daylight in the evening either. I am too chicken to run in the dark so I will probably be bonding with the treadmill a LOT here soon. Nice job sticking out the intervals in the dark and glad all was safe!

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