I haven't been on trails in months. I had high hopes of running on the US Whitewater Center trails this morning. I thought the previous day's rain would close their trails, so I was already planning to run the mountain bike trails down the road. But I forgot about the time change last night. Because I knew my children would wake up at their normal time (i.e. what would be an hour earlier this morning) I went ahead and got up at my normal time, instead of enjoying that extra hour of sleep. I wasn't thinking about how dark it would be, but I thought to bring a light with me as I went out the door. Glad I did! And in hindsight, I'm glad I ended up on the bike trails down the road. I know them inside and out, which is definitely a good thing when running in the dark! I've run the Whitewater Center trails, but I don't know them that well. I had a pretty good run, probably slower than usual, but I was trying to be careful about tripping in the dark. I got a laugh out of thinking what my non-running friends would say. But I figure if I have goals of running 50K and 50mi ultras, I'm going to need some experience trail running in the dark. It's funny how things work out sometimes!