1/26/2011

Relight my fire

Update on The Foot: I tried a short 3.8 mile / 6K run last night. Just to see how The Foot would hold up. It felt a bit sore, but it was more of a 'tired' sore, than an 'ouchieouch' sore. Afterwards I went to the gym, set the treadmill on a 15% incline, and walked for 20 minutes. And did some strength training and core work. The Foot felt okay-ish. Baby steps on this one. I don't want to overdo it and trigger The Foot and The Calf again.

Headlamps for running
Last night's run brings me to this. I discovered a route that is nice and quiet, but not very well lit. I did have Lordie with me, but still. I felt a bit uncomfortable being out there - pretty much all alone. Plus, that route was pretty bumpy. Bumpy road + clumsy me + not very well lit = accident waiting to happen.

It's pretty obvious that I'll need a headlamp for this one. A headlamp wouldn't be such a bad idea anyway, considering all the late night and early morning running I've been doing. So, a headlamp it is. Silly me figured I could just go into a running store and there would be headlamps all over the place. Nope, apparently that's not the case. Naturally I hit the internet and googled for running headlamps.

Halle-bleepin-lujah! I had no idea that there were actually so many picks in headlamps. And they have all these different features and price ranges (ouch!). Petzl and Black Diamond seem to have a wide variety of headlamps and several price ranges. After googling a bit and some advice from kick ass trail runners, I'm looking into the Petzl Tikka and the Petzl Myolite at the moment. As soon as I found a headlamp that suits my needs, I'll put up a review on the lamp.
The Petzl Tikka headlamp
The Petzl Myolite headlamp
Do you run with a headlamp? If so, what would be your pick?
On a different note: I discovered the joy of Dailymile and am using their website for my work out stats. Therefore, I will no longer be posting my work outs in my blog posts. :) You can just click on the Dailymile stat on my blog and track what I'm doing. ;)

17 comments:

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

I do not run with a light in the dark. I use The Force to guide me.

Kevin
HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

I run with one of these bad boys. I have no issues seeing what is in front of me. It has wheels so it is very portable.

http://www.mccoy.army.mil/vtriad_online/11242000/images/searchlight_400_x.jpg

Kevin
HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kevin: Ha! I thought you would say that you would just run towards the light. ;)

misszippy said...

Awesome that you are able to run again..keep it up! As to headlamps, I must admit that I always depend on my running partners' lamps and don't have one of my own!

Kovas said...

Black Diamond has their NRG pack, which is rechargeable, so no more batteries!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kovas: Thanks for sharing! I'll check for the Black Diamond one: I like the idea of 'no more batteries'! :)

@ MissZippy: Hahaha! That would be me: borrowing running partner's lamps. :) And I wouldn't say that I'm running again: I'm just slowly jogging to if The Foot holds up. I've learned my lesson. ;)

Morgan said...

So glad The Foot is getting better! I use a head lamp much like the Tikka above and I love it! (And for the record I used to always make fun of people for wearing them until I realized how much the really do come in handy!) :) Happy shopping! :)

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

I can't help it!! It's so beautiful!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vod9DL4IhBM

Kevin
HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

Bethany + Ryan said...

i have the lamp in the first pic and i think it sucks. i used it for the first 45 min of my 50 miler and i basically had to depend on the lights from the people around me bc mine was so dull. :-(

rinusrunning said...

Ik zelf gebruik de Petzl, de MYO XP http://www.bever.nl/verlichten/hoofdlampen/1359.petzl-myo-xp
Niet alleen bij het hardlopen maar ook op het werk.Bij martine staat een soort test van haar ervaringen http://runtodream.web-log.nl/runtodream/2010/12/schijn-een-lichtje-op-mijhardlopen-met-hoofdlampen-.html#comments

Alleen vergeet ze erbij te vermelden dat de Petzl, de MYO XP een klepje bij de lamp heeft waarbij je kan kiezen is gericht of verwijd verlichting!.Vooral als het erg donker is of juist verlicht door de maan dan is dat versprijd verlicht erg handig om te lopen want anders loop je in een soort tunnel vizie waarbij je als het ware met oogkleppen gaat lopen.

Mijn ervaring is erg goeg, zowel met lopen als met werken.

rinusrunning said...

Oja, de batterijen zijn na ruim 20 uur lopen nog niet op en nog steeds vel licht.

Ms. Duffy said...

I have the Petzl Tikka and I like it fine. It has a couple of different settings, so you could set it brighter if necessary. I use mine if I'm running on trails or dark places (no streetlights) in the wee hours, and it's been known to sub as a bike headlight in a pinch. Suits my needs and the price was right. Happy shopping & running!

Andy Bowen said...

Hey
I've got the Petzel Tikka and it's great. From full beam to ambient light it works well, and the batteries (only 3 AAA's, so very light) last for over 24 hours, so unless you're running in an arctic winter you should be ok!

Great fun to run in the dark, I do like to switch it off unless absolutely necessary - this is usually when I run into a tree!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ the Redhead: Thanks! I actually bought the Tikka one: it's okay for evening running and not too expensive!

@ Kevin: Hahahaha! That's hilarious!

@ Bethany + Ryan: Thanks for sharing! I don't intend to use it for dark trail runs: I'll just borrow a 'professional' one for those runs!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Rinus: Dank voor je uitgebreide reactie en advies! Ik heb de Myo gepast, maar vond de accu achterop m'n hoofd niet lekker zitten: het 'zak-accu' model hadden ze niet. Ga er online eens naar op zoek.

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Ms. Duffy: Thanks for sharing! I went with the Tikka, it seems okay for the running I've been doing. :)

@ Andy: You convinced me: I bought the Tikka with the LED-battery. And I won't switch it off during a dark run! Running into a tree...that's scary! :)

Libby Jones said...

I have the Petzl Tikka Plus II and think it's great!