I would normally agree, and not being a morning person, I think any time before 6am is too early. For anything. Never mind for running. But today, that changed.
Today, I finally joined the 5:30 am crew who meets at a local trail for a 6 mile run in the woods. I’ve heard of these die hard runners; they roll out of bed and onto the trail and complete their run at about the time I would normally get out of bed. Today, I was one of them! And today wasn’t the easiest day for my first time.
Tap…tap…tap drummed the rain on the window sill. Waking to that sound always presents a risk to a planned run. The early hour along with the darkness provided a true test for this non-morning runner. Luckily, I had laid everything out I needed for the run. We took the short drive to the trail head and waited a couple minutes while the others emerged from the darkness.
Hitting the trail, two things immediately happened. First, my headlamp decided it was still asleep and wouldn’t stay lit. Second, some major puddles ensured no one would finish this run with dry shoes. A third miraculous thing happened within the first mile; I WOKE UP! I actually enjoy running in the dark and even more so with friends. There are usually a number of dogs who come along
the run for the treats everyone brings. Today, I got to meet
Bacon, the golden retriever. Baconnnn!!!!
By the end of 6 miles, I was soaked, refreshed, energized, and extremely proud of myself for getting out there. Having both my running gear and my work clothes ready was a huge time saver and I even got to work before 8:00…win! Mentally preparing myself the night before was also key to following through with the plan.
So go figure, some good things DO happen after 2 am…a good run, good friends, and a good lookin’ sunrise.