Running in the Dark

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Daylight Savings Time is putting a damper on my evening runs — it’s PITCH BLACK by 6:30!  Eck!  I still managed to squeeze in a 4.0  miler, but this time change is going to make longer runs during the week difficult.  Maybe I need to invest in a reflective vest?


Despite the darkness, my run was still glorious.  Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 39 minutes (4.0 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 161 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 189 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 350


Dinner – Baked Tofu Salad


I came home, gave Maggie a bath, cleaned up, and started dinner.  I had a Baked Tofu Salad.


I put 1/3 a block of extra tofu in between two paper towels in the fridge this AM, so the tofu was extra dry (yum yum!).  I rubbed the slices in maple syrup and pepper.  After baking for 35 minutes, they were super crunchy and sweet!


My salad also contained spinach, a sliced carrot, 1/4 a cucumber, and a sprinkle of Italian cheese.


Other Eats of the Day


Before my run, I had yogurt + granola (which is hindsight wasn’t too smart… I definitely felt the fiber in my belly around mile 2.0).


Around 3, I had a slice of WW bread with cottage cheese.


          Do you wear in special gear for night-time running?
              I have a blinking button I wear, but it’s only seen by cars
                  approaching me from the front, not from behind.



                • Jewels November 5, 2008, 6:46 pm

                  Hi Caitlin!
                  When you changed your life for the healthier- Did you one day change all your habits or make slow changes?

                • Caitlin (see bride run) November 5, 2008, 6:55 pm

                  hi jewels! GREAT question. my eating habits were definitely a more gradual change…. but once i decided to start working out, i stuck with it and never looked back! different things worth for different people. some people thrive under “all or nothing” and some hate going cold turkey.

                  and, i think as you see positive changes in yourself, you are more likely to continue changing for the better. it kind of snowballs.

                • Oh She Glows November 5, 2008, 6:57 pm

                  I feel ya on the time change….it gets dark in Toronto at 5:30pm now….yuk!

                  The baked tofu looks so yummy! I never would have thought to put it in a salad.

                • Meg November 5, 2008, 6:58 pm

                  That baked tofu sounds delicious. What a great idea to use maple syrup!

                • haya November 5, 2008, 6:59 pm

                  i don’t run in the dark (well. sometimes i do when i start my crazy long runs at 5 am in the summer so i can be done by 8 or 9!) but when i bike i’ve got lots of reflectivity on my jacket, a white flashlight thing in the front and a red blinky in the back. i’d recommend getting another blinky for your back and maybe look into some sort of running headlamp? always run against traffic!

                • sara November 5, 2008, 7:17 pm

                  your food always looks so delish!

                  i try to stick to the sidewalk on well-lit streets. i have a headlamp for camping but have never run with it. i really need to start using it though, because i routinely run in the dark year round 🙁

                  the vest sounds like a good idea.

                • Lee (seeleelive) November 5, 2008, 7:33 pm

                  yum num nums! and i cant wait to eat roasted brussel sprouts. Hmmmm!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! and question..does anyone have a good recipe for oatmeal with cottage cheese added?!!!

                • Zesty Cook November 5, 2008, 7:37 pm

                  Caitlin, I am with you on the time change….. drinving home from work gets me feeling down in the dumps. Ahh well we will get ovber it!


                • Mrs. LC November 5, 2008, 7:43 pm

                  Also feeling you on the time change. Hubs and I went for an evening jog when he got home from work. I foolishly decided to go somewhere different tonight, which ended up having a section without any light and a dirt path with lots of holes. :/ definitely a distraction. Oh well, maybe this will encourage me to get my butt up and go early in the morning!

                • just me November 5, 2008, 7:49 pm

                  i would def invest in a reflective vest…i bought one last year when training for the marathon and it def kept me from getting hit SEVERAL times at night!!!!

                • runningwithfood November 5, 2008, 7:54 pm

                  Your dinner salad looks fab! Definitely have me cravin’ tofu now! 🙂

                  I don’t ever run in the dark – I’m too chicken! This is the time of year that I make the transition to the treadmill. I think you should definitely look into a reflective vest if you are going to be out in the dark! Got to keep you safe and sound! 🙂

                • Caitlin (see bride run) November 5, 2008, 8:24 pm

                  lee – try my green eggs and ham oatmeal (under recipes n the left)

                • amanda November 5, 2008, 8:40 pm

                  so funny you ask about the reflective vest! when my mom heard that i was running before work (aka in the dark), she brought my dads old reflective vest from when he would run after work. its bright yellow with 3 reflector strips on the front and back. i look like SUCH a nerd, but i feel safer!! now that the sun comes up midway through my morning run, i’m a little embarrassed to be seen in it 🙂

                  also i feel you on the early night darkness!! my run tonight was cancelled due to darkness AND rain – and the treadmill really doesn’t do it for me like running outside does!

                • Erica November 6, 2008, 4:26 am

                  Hey! I tend to move it inside when it is too dark to run outside. My dad always loved his outside run too much to move it inside so he had a reflective vest and he got like extra reflective sneakers!!

                • Caitlin (see bride run) November 6, 2008, 4:43 am

                  amanda – hahah well at least when people see you still running in your vest in the daylight, they know you’re so hardcore you’ve been running all morning!!

                • Jen November 6, 2008, 4:49 am

                  Oh yes, girl…my reflective vest will be here anyday! We are all thinking the same thing. I ordered a Nike vest off Ebay for like $10 including shipping, new. The Nathan one at the running store was $40.00!!!! Yikes!

                  I totally agree with Amanda…if the sun comes up, I think I will feel like a big dork. Silly how we care so much how others perceive us. A fact of life nonetheless.
                  Let us know what you decide.

                • Jordan November 6, 2008, 6:22 am

                  I NEED to get some cottage cheese. I miss it so much. Ever since I started eating my plan Greek yogurt, I’ve forgotten about my old beloved cottage cheese!

                • November 6, 2008, 9:07 am

                  The maple and pepper tofu is such an interesting combo- it is definatly now on my list of things to try!

                • aron November 6, 2008, 10:57 am

                  i have been challenged by the dark lately too… i use a headlamp so i can see but i really want to get a flashy red light to clip behind me.

                  i was thinking of you and your FH the other day cause my mom has had migraines forever and she just started going to accupuncture for them and its working!

                • Caitlin (see bride run) November 6, 2008, 11:00 am

                  aron – it really does work! im happy to hear that!

                • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 6, 2008, 2:31 pm

                  I don’t care for running in the dark but sometimes it’s unavoidable. I have flashing lights that I can clip on anywhere and they are awesomely bright! I bought them from I clip mine on the side so cars can see it whether they are approaching me from the front or back. They stay put too! They are called Firefly Supernovas. I have blue!

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