Try not to be jealous of how awesome we look wearing headlamps. I know it will be tough, but please try. I mean, really, could we look any sillier? Are we running or going cave exploring? Are we miners? Anyway, tonight was another run for the fall running series that I am participating in. The run didn’t start until 9pm, hence the headlamps!!!! Also, it was pretty darn cold, but it was ALOT of fun! We ran on a trail, through a field, on some asphalt, around some trees…it was a great variety of surfaces and environments. However, my headlamp is terrible!!
I bought a “Trailfinder” headlamp from Wal-Mart for $20 just because I wanted to try it out. I didn’t want to invest in an expensive one if I wasn’t going to be using it much. Clearly I needed to buy a better one. It kept slipping down and hitting my nose. By the end of the 3 mile run, my forehead was sore from all the pushing up and slipping down. There is a rubber backing on it that I thought would keep it in place, but not once I started sweating!
My running buddy has a Petzl and didn’t have any issues, so I think I’ll have to go check out some others ASAP. I have my 4 mile night run tomorrow, so I’ll definitely need something better for that! That’s what I get for trying to be thrifty. I should have known that you get what you pay for! I think I’ll still be able to use it when I’m walking, but it’s just not great for running. It is also pretty bulky compared to the other ones I saw on other runners.
Even with the headlamp issues and the freezing cold, it was still a fun experience. Looking like a goof is just part of the fun I guess. It’s not that often you get to go running trails at night with a bunch of people all wearing lights on their heads. 🙂