It’s zero dark thirty when my alarm goes off. I quickly tap my phone’s screen to shut off the alarm as I swing my feet over the side of the bed. I reach my hands up over my head and stretch out the sleepiness. It’s time to run.
I quietly tip toe downstairs, avoiding the steps that creak so as not to wake anyone else. All of my running gear is waiting for me in the bathroom – Saucony Bullet Capri’s, Daybreak Long Sleeve, Freedom Jacket and my beloved Triumph’s. I quickly dress and begin my dynamic warm up. I laugh silently to myself – I’m doing a dynamic warm up in the bathroom. Since becoming a mother, I seem to do a lot of things in the bathroom that I never would have thought to do before!
Once I’m warmed up, it’s go time.
It’s still dark but not pitch black. The sky is clear. I know it’s the perfect morning for a beautiful run-rise. I know the exact route to take.
The first mile, I feel like my legs weigh a ton. With every step, it feels like my brain is bouncing around in my skull. Even after all these years, I still need to remind myself – never trust the first (or sometimes three) mile of a run.
At mile two, things perk up. I see two women running. We smile and do the courteous runner wave/good morning thing as we pass in opposite directions. I see that the sky is beginning to glow up ahead. My legs feel a little lighter. My feet pick up the pace. My mindset shifts to “It’s all good” mode. I feel good. Actually, I feel really good.
At mile three, I attack a hill knowing what is on the other side. A sweet downhill AND the sunrise money shot I had been hoping for. As I crest the hill, I’m greeted with the warmth of the rising sun on my face and all of it’s wonderful glory. I take a deep breath and let it all out in a sigh. This is one of the many, many reasons why I run.
Thank you, running, for allowing me to see the dawning of a new day, doing something that makes me feel so strong, healthy and alive.
I pause my watch, set up my phone to capture a run-rise pic. Of course, I need a few different shots so I look like the crazy person running back in forth in front of my phone. Luckily, no one calls the cops on me.
I take one last glance at the sunrise before hitting the start button on my watch and continuing on towards home.
After almost 6 miles, the pep in my step is still there. As I come around the last corner before my house, I pick up the pace and do a fast finish. And then I run past my house because my watch hasn’t beeped yet for the mile marker. I can’t stop until it’s right at the mile mark! Just one of my little runner quirks.
The mile beeps and I slow to a walk as I turn around towards home. I feel strong, euphoric, accomplished and ready to run the rest of the day.
Thank you running.
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