I am in the office today, which generally means no running (unless I go after work... and normally after work I just feel like vegging), but this morning I decided to run before work. This meant getting up at 4am, but I wanted to try it. I got a fast 5.5 miles in. The best part was running in the dark - I always feel faster running in the dark. Do you? And it's so peaceful and quiet - just you and your breath and your footfalls. You concentrate on where you're going and where your feet are landing instead of how far you've gone. It was cool and humid-less this morning, which made me extra happy, too. It felt just a little bit like fall. I'm already planning ahead to my long run this weekend - I'm thinking of getting up really early again, so that at least half my run can be in the dark.
However, when I'm running before the sun comes up I always run in safe areas with streetlights. My route tends to be around a nursing home/assisted living complex. Sometimes there are old people out walking, or security guys doing rounds in golf carts. While it's not busy, I know if something would happen to me I could get help easily. When it starts getting light I'll venture out into more remote areas, but when it's dark I always try to run in "safe" places.
Do you like to run in the dark? Do you think about run safety or do just run wherever?