Last night, for the first time ever, I ran along an unlit road with a head torch !!! I know some of you do it all the time [run in the dark ...] but I suppose I've had no need for using a headlight strapped to my head.
Until now that is. If I'm going to Run to London then at least eight hours will be at night so I'll have to get used to it. It actually went better than expected ... I didn't venture off road and the torch was only a basic model but for the first time it went OK.
During the Run to London it's looking likely that a large chunk of the night section will be along narrow country lanes so if anyone out there has any tips regarding decent head torches or 'coping strategies' please let me know. Hopefully I'll have some company for at least part of the overnight section.
This morning, whilst out running, a cyclist stopped me and said:
"yesterday evening I was watching a video of a race and you were in it. It was the Ilkley 10k from 1994 and when I saw you running a few minutes ago I recognised your 'running style' from that video."
A few things immediately came to mind:
(1) I didn't know the race had been filmed ... would I like a copy ? [probably not]
(2) has my running style really not changed at all in fourteen years ?
(3) at first I thought he was referring to the East Hull 24 hour race of 2007 which was professionally filmed for practically the whole race and included pre- and post-race interviews of almost all the runners. I don't know anyone who's seen the finished article and I don't know what happened to it. I would like to see that one though so if anyone has any ideas ...