Our friends at November Project are familiar with the challenges of working out in the dark.
As an organisation focused on community-building through free group workouts, November Project encourages people to “just show up” and put in the work — often, their workouts call on participants to show up before dawn.
So we asked for the rundown on training in the dark. Check out this advice on staying safe and motivated, courtesy of NP organisers around the country.
Why do you work out before sunrise or after sunset?
“I love starting my day with exercise. It wakes me up and gets my mind and body ready to be productive. I also love the morning time vibe. Usually there aren’t many people out, the sun is rising, and the light is just beautiful.” – Tony DiPasquale @novemberprojectsf
"I’m more awake and ready to take on a workout after the workday. Gives me some ‘me’ time to look forward to.” – Krysten Moore @novemberprojectpvd
“I really cherish that time in the morning where it’s just you and your thoughts. It’s a time where I can hit stop on life and just focus on running. Few people are out on the trail so it gives me an opportunity to focus on the task at hand but also just live in the moment as the sun comes up.” – Freddy Perez @novemberprojectdenver
What helps you feel safe while training? What precautions do you take?
“Knowing where I am and where I'm going. Having others with me.” – Tony DiPasquale @novemberprojectsf
“I don’t wear headphones, or if I do, I usually keep only one ear in, or put them on transparent sound so I can hear my surroundings.” – Kaitlyn Kooyers @novemberprojectchicago
“I feel the safest while training when I know that I'm visible to other people around me, and that someone knows where I am and when I will be back.” – E Rolf Pleiss @novemberprojectmsp
Do you change your location or route based on the time of day that you’re training?
“Yes! Seems counterintuitive, but I run along busier streets when it’s dark out so that I’m more likely to encounter people if I need help. I also run on popular and well-lit running routes.” – Kaitlyn Kooyers @novemberprojectchicago