It’s not a secret that I’m scared of the dark.  (And if it was a secret, it’s not anymore.) In the winter months in New York, there is just SO MUCH DARK. According to the iPhone weather app, the sun rose at 7:13am today and will set at 4:30pm. That is way less than 12 hours of sunlight. Which brings me to the point: if you run in the winter and you have a desk job, you have to run in the dark (whether that means morning or night).

I am in a severe “I hate the treadmill” phase, so I aggregated some ways to play it safe and smart while running outside in those pre-dawn or post-sunset hours.

1.  Run with a friend. Four feet are better than two. As much as I love a solo run I feel safer when I’m not alone on a dark or isolated running path.

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Matt and I head to Colombia (!!) next week, so I’m in no way trying to rush us out of 2015. In fact, if that whole last week in December could move at a snail’s place so I can slowly (and safely!) get tan, I’d be much obliged. So without rushing 2015 away, now seems as good a time as any to share my early 2016 race plans with you.

What are you running in 2016?

Here’s what I’m signed up for so far:

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“Finishing that 5K was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I ate more fettuccini alfredo and drank less water than I have in my entire life. People always talk about triumphs of the human spirit. Well, today, I had a triumph of the human body. That’s why everybody was applauding for me at the end, my guts and my heart. And while I eventually puked my guts out, I never puked my heart out. I’m very, very proud of that.”
– Michael Scott

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