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Running in the Dark

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The mornings here have just been too dark to run. I can’t see in the dark (I literally have no might vision) and the last time I did an early morning run, I nearly ate asphalt. Not pleasant. Really not pleasant.
A friend of mine runs at 4am all the time, so I asked her how she runs in the dark, and she replied,  “Headlamp.” Seriously?  “Like the geek gadget my husband has?” “Yep,” she said.
So, I ordered a headlamp.
I bought a Petzl Tikkina 2 Headlamp (available on backcountry.com) for two reasons. First, it had great reviews (yes, I read reviews, I don’t just write them). It has an adjustable headband,  is supposed to be light weight, and have long burn times.  Second, it came in a pretty “French Rose” color. I don’t want my geek gadget mixed up with my husband’s geek gadget. LOL.

petzl headlamp

Isn’t that such a pretty color?  If I have to be a geek, I want to be a cute geek.  LOL.

This morning was my first time using the headlamp (it arrived yesterday). It was an awesome thing to be able to see while running in the dark.running in the dark
I did 4.77 miles in 53:14 minutes,  which isn’t bad considering it was my first real run since I had shin splints.
I need to work on running more and walking less, though.
After running this morning, I do think I need to get some reflective stripes or something on my jacket.
How did you spend your morning?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

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    Mary Schuh
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    This is seriously cool. The only time I can work out is in the mornings, but the sun is usually up by the time I’m ready. Glad you found this! I’m going to mention this to my running enthusiast friend!

  2. 2

    wow your pace is fast. i’m like 16 minutes per mile LOL but i keep moving, so that works right?

    i LOVE the pink. we have a bunch of headlamps in the house but none are pink
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    That is super cool! I take nightly power walks and could also benefit from this product.
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    That is great. My Hubby likes to jog late and I always worry about him. This would really help.

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    Helene Cohen Bludman
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    I would love to get this for my husband. He runs way before sunrise and I worry that he’ll run into something.

  6. 6

    Ok this is seriously too cute! I wish I thought of something like this. So perfect and safe for the those early morning runs1
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  7. 7

    Great idea! I’m glad you found this so you could keep up your running routine!
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    That is just so cool! I love your go get em attitude.. and that you are looking for more ways conquer your goals than to make excuses. YOU ROCK!
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    This is really cool! It is too dark here in the early mornings too, so I have been avoiding going for bike rides until it was more light outside. Might have to look into this!
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    My husband has the same lamp and he really loves it! Really like the french rose colour.
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    Definitely thinking about getting this for my friend for Christmas who is a runner!! Thanks for the heads up!!
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    I see this as being something that those who work outside of the home could really use. My other half gets up at 4 in the morning to get ready for work and no matter what time of the year it is, it is always dark. Great review!
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    Very cool product. It is so dangerous to run in the dark and not be seen!
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    You are looking super cool with your headlamp! Love it!
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    That’s a great idea for running in the dark! I can’t imagine getting up when it’s still dark to run..Good Job!!
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    My husband uses a headlamp when he runs at night. I know it makes me feel safer that he’s doing it.
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    This is such a cool little gadget.
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    You know what? I might stick one of those in my daughter’s stocking. She’s a runner and with the whole getting dark so early thing…this could be really good for her!!! Thanks!
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    Thanks pretty cool… With the time change and it being dark till 7:30 I has stopped early morning runs. I may need to purchase one of these.
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    Running in the dark has to be hard. I think a headlamp is really important for your safety though.
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  21. 21

    This is a great idea. I don’t run in the dark, but we often have to walk our dog in the dark (considering where we live it’s dark by 5 in the winter). My husband insists I wear a headlamp, which is helpful for keeping hands free. He also has a light up collar for the dog.

  22. 22

    I faced a similar problem few weeks ago when the electricity fail in our neighborhood and I was left in the dark for few hours. Luckily my iPhone has 50% battery and I managed to do my limited task with it. A device like the one you presented would have been really useful.
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