https://instatbt.com/Place/narrow-neck-blue-mountains/850812654Narrow Neck, Blue MountainsWell, tonight was interesting! 😜😉. After only just realising I was registered for the 20km Narrowneck Night Run, a couple of days before, it is fair to say I didn't exactly train for it 😜. But what the hell - just another trainingrun, right? So off I went with my new friend Melissa, into the pouring rain, fog and impending nightfall 😉. No more than 2km into the trail and that ominous lower tummy gurgle started... the one that says "I don't like this idea of running at a weird time so I'm going to ditch my contents now". I was running well and otherwise feeling good so I held it at bay using every mind trick in the book. But then night was quickly falling, the trail grew dark and I was into my first ever race by headtorch. Having never trained in these conditions I was thrown by the way the torch reflected back off the fog making it near impossible to see where I was going. The worse this got the more anxious I became trying to find a solution and the worse my tummy reacted to the stress. Until a particularly bad patch after the turn around caused a final stand in the form of an urgent dash and crouch into the bushes. That out of the way, to my great relief, I turned my attention back to the headlamp problem, trying to avoid running off a cliff and trying to claw back the positions I had lost to other runners that came past me during my diversion. I caught up a few but the race wasn't long enough to make up for the lost time and I'd had to slow down considerably due to the lack of visibility anyway. I'd had a nice run generally, had run well and wasn't really phased by not finishing at the pointy end. But then someone said to me..."The way to deal with the fog is to take the headlamp off and carry it lower down in your hand or whatever. You can't have been able to see a thing leaving it on your head". That is correct. It was a magical mystery tour 😉 Lesson learned!!! Lol 😜😎
LackiLacki2017-11-17If you keep on searching you still can find untouched snow 😜 splitmoskimoheadtorchortovoxrossignolxavierdeleruehttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/23668317_373135479811345_8217199810881519616_n.jpg2017-11-17
RunuaryRunuary2017-11-17Pretty skies of Amberley this morning ✨ Up at six wearing head torches 🔦😄 fuelled by funny stories and before we knew it, 5k done ✅ rosiesimmons1425 🌟 🌟 Woop ✨✨ https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/23595748_1611619832236521_7783828995010723840_n.jpg2017-11-17
Bree CorbettBree Corbett2017-11-16My night eyes have arrived! I'm all ready for the Narrowneck Night Run tomorrow in the Blue Mountains. A 20km course it will be my last big run for the year. I'll be taking this one nice and easy and enjoying the scenery with my running buddy 🏃🏽♀️🔦⛰ runtrailrunningheadtorchnightimeadventureayup_lightingsystemshttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/23507793_960044410813647_4207477476445650944_n.jpg2017-11-16
GabyGaby2017-11-16My top tips for running in the dark....
1️⃣ Wear your hi vis - even if you feel like an idiot, don’t be an actual idiot by not wearing one. besafebeseen .
2️⃣Get yourself a decent head torch. After martha_runs recommended the “DIALL T4-3” head torch (currently on offer in screwfix_uk for £7.49!) I decided to give it a go as my old one was feeling a bit uncomfortable. I’m so glad I did as this one is MUCH better and a bargain 💰
3️⃣Get some good tunes on and pretend it’s the summer 🎧🏃🏼♀️
4️⃣ When fear starts to creep in (I have an irrational fear that I’m being chased in the dark!!) channel that fear into your legs and run faster. You’ll be super pleased when you get a good mile time in 👍🏻😁
Still getting used to this night running malarkey but sometimes running in the dark is better than the other option - which is not running!!