Despite the inclusive and supportive culture of the running community, there are still a few hot button issues that divide us. First, there’s strong opinions on whether or not listening to music on the go is a good idea. Then, there’s the debate over whether a forefoot or midfoot strike is best (even though experts say it doesn’t really matter). And finally, there’s the divide between those who wake up early to log their miles before the day begins, and the night runners who cap their busy schedules with a mind-clearing workout.
While there’s no right or wrong time to run, running in the dark gets a bad rap. Critics cite a lack of visibility and increased chances of dangers lurking beyond the shadows as reasons to avoid lacing up at night, but there are many reasons to hit the road after sunset. That’s why it’s important to settle an important debate for all runners, once and for all: Night running isn’t bad!
Not only is it the only time some runners can find for their daily workout, but for others, running at night is their prerogative. There are countless benefits to running at night, and there’s something incredibly liberating about running in the dark. If you just give it a chance, it could become your new normal.
Below, we’ve outlined everything you need to know about night running so that next time you hit the dimly lit road, you’ll be prepared and psyched.
The Top 10 Benefits of Nighttime Running
Running at night doesn’t always get the best reputation, but if you have the right gear for running in the dark, it’s a great way to end your day. There are many reasons to lace up your shoes after sunset, from scheduling complications to feeling a flutter in your chest just thinking about dodging potholes and racing through noiseless streets like a superhero on a mission.
Below, we broke down the top 10 benefits of running at night.