Night Run Cause and Effects

5 Nov

Tonight I was angry.

Some personal shit went down, and there was smoke seeping out of my body as I left work. I had to run to midtown and pick up tickets for a broadway show, and noticed I was speedwalking through the crowds at a furious pace. Bam tourists, out of my way! …

I decided a night run was in order. And continued my furious pace back down to the subway into Brooklyn. I got to my place around 7:00, it was already completely dark outside (sunset appeared to be at 5pm today.. wtf?), and prepped for go time. Then out the door at 7:30.

Immediate lesson (that I already knew and ignored): Do not wear ALL BLACK while running at night. Especially in Brooklyn. Especially when running in the street. With cars. We are breakable. The first loud honk scared me onto the sidewalk for the rest of the night.

Going up Bedford Ave was a breeze, and then when I hit the Williamsburg bridge I stopped and walked for a block. I didn’t interpret this as weakness, I just wanted to walk and think. I didn’t want to get back home so quickly and the movement was good for my head.

After the short walk, I turned and headed back home along the BQE. This is when the speed kicked in. My pace reminded me of a cruise workout like I used to do in high school (hitting race pace for a set period of time). My lungs were burning beautifully, and my breathing was heavy but consistent. My legs were strong and my pace stayed steady. All this even after taking some weeks off; I was amazed. I think this was a combo effect from hyped up adrenaline and fuel.

Another thing I learned (and already knew, but also ignored): Fueling properly before a run really DOES improve performance. I wasn’t planning on this run, but I had a package of cashews and an apple at work just before leaving, and I definitely felt stronger than usual. No dropoff in energy towards the second half, and no empty stomach. When I run in the morning it’s either an empty stomach or a piece of bread because I don’t have time to sit and digest. Not sure if I can eat more on morning weekdays, but at least I know.

Total distance was 3.6 miles. Inner fire down to a smolder. When I’m pissed off, I run well. I bet it’s true for a lot of runners. I like it, though I prefer to not be angry. But I think I found the silver lining.

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4 Responses to “Night Run Cause and Effects”

  1. Nicki November 5, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    The time change has left me and many other wondering how we are going to get runs in around work. I have no sidewalks and sometimes no shoulder on the road where I live. Great that you got out last night! I know how important a run is when the day has gone unexpectedly.

  2. Matt November 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve just started night-running too! But for me it’s been on trails with a group, and we all wear headlamps. But doing it in a big city sounds cool too!

    Eating so that your body has fuel to use during a run? Mel, you just might be onto something!

    • melruns November 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

      hahaha I know… what a ‘discovery’
      headlamps sound pretty hot. you should wear one even when you’re not running!

  3. Brian November 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    This sounds like my drunken pizza roll run over the summer. Only I was less angry and more…”crazy”, I guess is the word.

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