First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by yesterday and left wonderful comments. Your kind words and thoughts were more helpful than I can tell you!
By yesterday evening it was clear (as many of you pointed out) that I really needed to go for a run. And not just any old run, but an early morning run, a time I love the best. My current work schedule makes early morning runs really, really, REALLY early. Like 3 am early. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
My old job started at 8 am, so most mornings I would be up before 5 for my morning routine: coffee, internet, “business", and stretching. Out the door by 5:30 or so, depending on how many miles I was running, then home by 6:45 and on with my day.
Getting up that early, I got to see my neighborhood and my hometown in a different light. Literally. 5:30 am is pre-dawn most of the year. Running in the dark meant that I always knew the current phase of the moon, or in which direction to look for Orion. I could tell you with some precision what time the sun would come up and I’ve seen more than one shooting star during a run. I’ve always felt very connected to the nighttime sky (in fact, my tattoos are the Moon, the Sun and Saturn, and maybe you already noticed all the stars on my blog), so getting up early to run in the dark was a real pleasure for me.
It’s been over six months since I’ve run in the very early morning. There was a long stretch of unemployment - no need to get up early if I didn’t have any place to be - and now a job that starts at 5 am (and btw, driving to work in the pre-dawn hours doesn’t even compare). When life changed, I simply re-adjusted my schedule and ran when it was convenient. Even if the sun was shining.
But stepping outside this morning into the cool, dark air was like coming home. Sure it was significantly earlier than I was used to, but there was my moonlight and my stars in the sky, just waiting for me to connect with them again. I breezed through two miles without even looking at my Garmin (it’s not like I could see it in the dark anyway) and when I got back I knew that run was EXACTLY what I needed.
I’m so grateful for all of the joys running brings me, and that includes the connections with you here in bloggy world. Happy Running to us all!
P.S. I know some of you will have safety concerns about me running at 3 am. Have no fear, I don’t wear an iPod but I do wear my reflective vest!