First Time Running At Night?

We will give you some tips so you dare compete at night and don’t run back of competences that we come this second semester.

We prepare to start a new season of important races in our country, some for more experienced runners and others that may be our first long distance. Ultra distances usually begin at night, which makes that we have to prepare the double or perhaps triple to live this new adventure. Night races have been very well received by running lovers, this is why transporthint recommends some competitions that may interest you and also some considerations that you must have before you begin.

Night racing is a good opportunity to run in a different way, because we get to test in an environment that is not in which tend to run on a regular basis. These are usually carried out in closed circuit, urban or even on the mountain.

Therefore, equip us we will have to take into account when some basic keys combined with our previous experience: this is what you should know before addressing a night race:

If you are going to run at night, try to train in the evening: It is a good idea to train under the same conditions of the race a few times to see how our body reacts. At night our senses do not respond similarly to full light of day, so it will be important to get used to these new sensations.

Specific equipment: It is important that you use clothing or reflective accessories to make you visible to other runners or vehicles that you can find on the road. Many of the garments often wear small reflective elements, or you can opt for bracelets to put your wrists and ankles.

How to dress: In the winter there to avoid the temptation of super warm. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing, in order to minimize sweat, so that body heat does not escape and to be able to dispense with any of them if we notice excessive heat. For trunk, a thermal t-shirt, sweatshirt or thin shirt and windbreaker and legs a few shims mesh long. Also wear gloves, thermal socks and neck sports.

Runs with heart rate monitor to control the rhythm of race: Running at night, as we have said, you can alter our perception of the environment, and we think that we are running faster than what we’re actually doing it. Taking control with a heart rate monitor or a career app not we will bring us surprises when you reach the goal.

Eat before running: As in any career, the nutrition and hydration before departure have a primordial role in our performance. We should eat as minimum about two hours before the game, so our body can make digestion properly. It must be high in carbohydrates and low in fat. In terms of hydration, recommended drinking around half a litre of water in the two hours before the race, and after drinking small SIPs to keep well hydrated.

Do need to wear a headlamp?: Although it is not mandatory, it is always recommended when we went out to run at night. Try to run a few days before the race with the front so you find a comfortable way to carry it.

You leave the calendar of some races that promise not to disappoint this season:

Endurance Challenge: It is a Trail Running event to be held on 14 and 15 October. The distances will be 10K, 21K, 50K, 80K and 160K, the latter will be held at night. They are aimed closer to the athlete to a different to the traditional running environment, practicing several tests in nature and walking trails set inside the mountain. The event will have a circuit with starting and goal in the Club Deportivo Universidad Católica de San Carlos de Apoquindo.

Terrex Santiago Trail: The competition will take place around landscapes and Aguas de Ramón nature in the commune of La Reina, on 12 November. Competitors will be able to push your limits on three trail distances: 10K, 21K and 50K for the more daring and having greater experience as a broker in different terrains and height, since they must be run at night.

Brooks Night Running: Filling the city streets of runners and with new surprises, this competition will have distances of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 kilometers. It be held on 3 September at 21:00 in Ciudad Empresarial Huechuraba, región Metropolitana

Native Trail night 2016: It is a race on hills, where participants must walk through trails, gravel roads and little traffic traces. They drawn land with slope, roots, natural obstacles, and shall be subject to the contingencies of a night race in the midst of the Valdivian forest. The race will be held October 1 at 20:30 in the evening, with distances of 5 k and 10k.

Run night Peñaflor: Located in the province of Talagante, about 37 kilometers from Santiago, in this race two tests, one of 4 km family and an Elite of 10 km will be made. The date is scheduled for December 30 at 21:00.

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