Secret Ingredients: Seasonal Running Changes

Fall is here, one of our favorite running seasons, but it also means; running in the dark and wearing layers. As a morning runner, I love layering up, heading outside, and inhaling the crisp morning air. I am not a morning person whatsoever, so my daily morning run is very important in helping start my day, you could almost say it is more important than my coffee.

I tend to run around 6:00 a.m. which gives me enough time to wake up (open my eyes and throw my hair in a pony), make a cup of coffee, meditate, and down a bottle of water.  But at 6:00 a.m. in the fall and winter, it is pitch black outside which can pose a serious runner’s problem. My coordination is not always great, and I’ve been known to trip and even draw a little blood on a run due to my inability to put one foot in front of the other consistently.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been struggling with figuring out where to place my run in my morning workout routine. Do I brave the darkness? Maybe get a headlamp? Do I just move my run to the afternoon where I can see? Do I sleep in, and start my day later? 

Can someone say runner’s problems? 

What am I going to do? I have no idea. I’ve been trying several different options, and nothing feels ideal. I could just suck it up, and run on the treadmill, but that is my worst case scenario. I need you, our trusty bRUNch tribe, to help me answer the question...how do you change your running schedule when the season changes?