5 CONVINCING REASONS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE RUNNING AT NIGHT
Running can easily bring a person to nirvana on its own, but adding the practice to your nighttime routine can be even more rewarding. There’s something invigorating about running under the moonlight while most people are at home unwinding from a long day that makes you feel empowered, energized, and like you’ve discovered a secret that no one else has caught onto—yet.
Running at night doesn’t always get the best reputation, but if you have the right gear for running in the dark and practice caution, it’s a great way to end your day.
If you’re curious about logging mileage after dark, you’re not alone. There are many reasons to lace up your shoes after sunset, from scheduling complications to feeling an excited flutter in your chest.
Below, we broke down the top 5 benefits of running at night just for you. Try it yourself and reap the rewards.
Even the most well-intentioned morning runs get ruined by the snooze button. When it comes to night running, you're already awake. Think of a night run as your one opportunity to silence distractions and take time for yourself.
You'll be able to consistently run without interruptions.
Don’t even bother with the tedious distractions of chest, head, and hand-held lamps and flashlights. Night Tech Gear’s Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights seamlessly clip onto your favorite running shoes and don’t budge.
By prioritizing your evening runs as uninterrupted “me” time, you'll adopt a more consistent routine that won't be sabotaged by the snooze button.
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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT NIGHT TECH GEAR?
"Wish I found these years ago! I absolutely love my Night Runner Shoe Lights. They are perfect. I’ve done a ton of different options plastic lights that fall off your waist band LED us that are nice but once the sun comes up you don’t really need them anymore but then you’re wearing an extra item. You don’t even notice these lights are on your shoes and I think the best feature is the red tail light."
2. INCREASED SPEED
Oftentimes, early morning grogginess is a recipe for disaster on a run.
You try to push the pace and lock into a faster gear, but you’re breathing hard and your legs are heavy. It helps to be completely awake to perform the best on a run.
In a London University study, a group of marathon runners consistently ran at least a minute faster over a 10-km course at night than during the day—without trying any harder.
According to one participant, “the evening run seemed easier, even though I was going faster.”
JOHN STANTON, FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE RUNNING ROOM
“When you run at night, you’re also less distracted and more tuned in to your body’s rhythm and timing. Come spring, when it’s marathon time, the runners who have been training in the dark are always delighted by how much faster their times are.”
3. SHARPER SENSES AND REFLEXES
Instead of relying on your vision like you do when you run in the daylight, running at night forces you to rely more on your lower-level proprioceptive skills (where you feel your feet hitting the ground) at night.
This allows your body to go into a more reactive, automatic state with sharper senses and reflexes. When you run more on autopilot this way—rather than consciously trying to control your every movement — your runs are more effective and you become much sharper.
Don’t worry — you don’t need to rely on your body in complete darkness. The Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights provide 360 degree visibility with 150 lumens + 2 ultra light LEDs.
The lights have a forward-facing lightbeam of up to 30 feet and two back-facing red lights to define obstacles, alert motorists, and provide optimal visual acuity in front and around you on the road or trails.
Don't fuss with chest, knuckle, or hand lights, armbands, ankle or head lamps - simply clip on to the laces of your shoes or cleats, and go.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT NIGHT TECH GEAR?
"Best night running gear ever! I have had these for 3 years and they are amazing. Five people in my running group bought them too. I won’t leave home without them on a late night or early morning run."
4. SOCIAL EVENT
No matter what you're doing, it's hard to make friends—and even harder to make plans with friends—at 6am.
Scheduling your runs at night increases your chances of turning a simple, solitary run into a social event for you and your friends. By combining your workout regime with your social life, you'll gain accountability buddies and a new reason to look forward to your upcoming runs.
Not sure where to find partners in crime for your after hours running adventures? Do a quick search on Meetup for running groups, and call your local running store to find out about community events.
You can even find friends through a common interest in Night Tech Gear shoe lights.
"Totally changed my work out!! I was finally able to walk after work in the evening darkness without any issues. Met lots of other walkers struggling in the dark and they immediately wanted to know where I got my shoe lights !!!"
"5 people in my running group bought them too."
5. IMPROVED FUELING
Properly fueling for morning runs can be an issue, especially when you're waking up super early and skipping breakfast to rush out the door.
Reserving your runs for the evening can give you more time to focus on proper nutrition, and gives your body more time to stretch and warm up.
Additionally, according to one study, your muscular function and strength peaks in the evening hours along with your oxygen uptake and anaerobic capacity, making the case for night running even stronger.
DITCH YOUR FANTASY OF BECOMING A MORNING PERSON WITH NIGHT TECH GEAR
Start embracing your night owl status.
Not only will you run off frustrations from the day, work out harder and sleep better, but you'll enjoy the freeing feeling that can only come from exercising at night.
Gear up with Night Runner Shoe Lights, and get ready to own the streets during your next night run.
The Night Runner 270s provide safety, comfort, and flexibility for all nighttime runs.
When night falls — we rise.
The Night Tech Gear journey began in 2013 completely by accident. Cofounder Doug Storer was training for his fifth marathon one dark, early morning and tripped on a pothole and took a dive.
He hobbled home with an injury and a new idea. That’s how the Night Runner Shoe Lights were born!
Soon after, Doug and Renata Storer pitched their product on ABC's hit show SHARK TANK.
ROBUST & WEATHERPROOF
Built tough with long-lasting quality at the forefront, allowing you to focus on your training in all conditions. Tried and tested by athletes, for athletes. Put yourself and your training to the test, because Night Tech Gear has got you covered.
THE PATENTED ORIGINAL
As seen and loved on Shark Tank, the Night Runner 270 shoe lights are the first of their kind, and the original hands-free lighting solution for runners.
360 DEGREE VISIBILITY
Light up your path with 150 lumens + 2 ultra light LEDs with a rechargeable battery which produce 360 degrees of lighted visibility. A forward-facing lightbeam of up to 30 feet and two back facing red lights defines obstacles, alerts motorists, and provides optimal visual acuity in front and around you on the road or trails. Don't fuss with chest, knuckle, or hand lights, armbands, ankle or head lamps - simply clip on to the laces of your shoes or cleats, and go.
THE NITTY GRITTY
Long-lasting lithium ion batteries are fast charging via small micro USB, retaining light for your activities for 2.5 hours when using the high setting, or up to 5 hours with the standard setting.