Wednesday night Lori and I got to hang out at Eau Claire helping out with the route reveal for the Calgary Marathon. We were handing out free toques and gloves to anyone who had already registered for any of the races. It was super fun to get to meet and see all sorts of people who were running races. Some were racing the 50k Ultra, while others were signing up for their very first race. Some had time goals such as completing the half in under 2 hours, other’s just wanted to finish with a smile on their face. It was pretty cool to see the gamut of people who run, all different sizes, ages, and types of people.
After talking running and seeing all these runners, we were itching to run ourselves! It’s been a lot warmer in Calgary lately, which has been great, but it means that a lot of the snow is melting, and in the evenings it’s freezing, making for some slick sections of path. It is also still getting dark fairly early in the evenings. When we headed out around 6:00 pm, it was completely dark, and so for our own safety we needed something to light our way. We usually run with headlamps, and have flashing LED straps for our arms. I had received some Knuckle Lights for Christmas in a secret Santa exchange, and hadn’t had a chance to try them out until now. We ran 8 km’s in pretty dark conditions where the paths were icy in spots. The Knuckle Lights were awesome! I hardly noticed them on my hands, they are light, and didn’t bug me at all, but they lit our way really well. It was also nice to be able to point them easily in different directions as needed. I even used them to glance at my garmin to see our distance and pace. I would recommend them to anyone who runs in the dark, especially as we hear stories in the news about runners being injured or killed by cars, it’s all the more important to consider our safety and visibility when we run.