Head torch running at night on the trails; fun or just wrong!?

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Lighter and brighter head torches allow us to run trails at night but is it socially acceptable to do so, or is there just something plain ‘wrong’ about it?

Prone to heavy breathing, lurking in dark places and have a fetish for Lycra?

Do you long for those long summer evenings running through beautiful countryside drenched in late golden sun? Can’t wait until the clocks change and the evenings draw out again? Well with the recent advances in LED and battery technology head torches have improved significantly (and gotten a lot cheaper). This now means you don’t have to wait for the summer to run those trails you love in the evenings after work. Head torches then seem like a logical solution to the problem, especially if you are prone to heavy breathing, lurking in dark places and have a fetish for Lycra?

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Could ice cream be your go to running nutrition this summer?

With the proliferation of running gels, energy drinks and isotonic performance enhancing super foods available to the modern runner you could be forgiven for thinking that you would be foolhardy to even attempt to run without one of these performance enhancing products in your hand. A cursory glance at any running magazine will confirm your fears, your current nutritional regime is inadequate. But could the answer be staring you in the face this summer? Not in specialist running shops, or even your local health food store, but in another less obvious locale? I am referring (of course?) to those majestic music playing purveyors of summer nutrition and national institution; the ice cream van. These overlooked sports nutrition stations can be found in many of your favourite running spots. Often conveniently located near car parks, amenities and some of the most picturesque running trails you will run this summer.

So what can these unconventional sports nutrition stations offer the modern runner and how do they measure up to their more conventional sports nutrition competitors with their shiny wrappers and seductive performance enhancing claims? Continue reading