Running at night

    When there is only the frontal light to show you the way, the physical aspect is not enough anymore. You will need more technical, mental and rhythm skills... Sebastien Talotti, technical partner and member of the Quechua Trail Team, will give you all the advice you need for your next hiking night.

     

    WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC CONSTRAINTS OF RUNNING AT NIGHT? AND WHAT IS THE PARTICULAR EQUIPMENT OR PREPARATION NEEDED TO FACE THESE CONSTRAINTS?

    "Running at night is really specific to an hiking trail activity. You need to progress in obscurity, with your frontal lamp, only with a reduced vision field ahead, something our body is not used to. Running at night requires more visual anticipation, more attention and more concentration than when running in daylight.
    The only way to place these particularities is to train at night, to prepare your mental and develop the same reflexes than when you are running during the day. And of course, you will need some specific equipment to run at night: the frontal lamp is essential. Keep in mind that several factors will influence your run: tiredness, speed, the field that you may not recognize from your training during the day, the other runners, the supporters, etc..."

    HOW TO FIND YOUR RHYTHM IN DARKNESS?

    "The rhythm is closely linked to your technical level in classic running. The other determinant factor will be your feeling and apprehension about your run in general. You need to slow your speed down to have insured strides and efficient for the field you are running in. Once more, it is really important to train at night as well, to be aware of what you can expect regarding the sensations and the feelings of this experience."

    MENTALLY SPEAKING, HOW TO HANDLE THE THE ENVIRONMENT AND STAY MOTIVATED WHEN RUNNING ONLY WITH YOUR FRONTAL LAMP?

    "When running during the day, many people try to stay focus only on their path and are watching only the path to come. I, personally, use a cap to focus on my way and only on my way. But running at night is not a mental experience for me, quite the opposite. It is a special atmosphere, a nice one, ideal to run alone and stay focus all the time. The only thing is that it will be more tiring to stay more vigilant and focus than usual."