Rise and shine….
It has been a long while since I have done an early morning run. My schedule has worked out to where I can get runs in just after work and before I pick the kids up from school. Or I can get a run in when my son is practicing baseball. But today’s schedule would not give me the time I needed, so I decided to rise and shine and run.
When Lukas Lamb talked me into signing up for the Mark Twain Endurance Run I started looking for motivation. The rise and shine video really spoke to my inner drive. I started running. Every time I feel myself not wanting to run I watch that video. It inspires me to go run and to push forward. I keep the ultimate goal in my mind and just run. I run when I don’t want to. I run when it rains. I run when it is hot. I run when it is dark and when it is light. I just run.
This morning was about myself. When I stepped outside, the sun was starting to come up, but it was still dark enough where I couldn’t see the time clearly on my watch. I was immediately inspired. I was up before the sun and it felt great! The only sounds were that of nature and the pack of coyotes off in the distance. My run started with a nice simple warm-up down the road and back. Before I knew it I was on the gravel road that leads to a horse barn. I pushed down and back on this road and then headed out of the neighborhood. The pace I had set felt good and I told myself that I was going to do 20 minutes out and 20 back. “Steady Brown…Steady.” But to my surprise, when I got to 20 minutes I was only .2 away from 2.5 miles completed. Why stop now?
I wanted to continue on past 2.5 miles, but time was not on my side. Reluctantly the turn around happened at 2.5 miles. The rest of the run was great! I only saw 1 car and it was nothing but me and the birds…and the pack of coyotes I could still hear in the distance.
Morning runs are definitely going to start happening more and more. I loved the peace and quiet. I loved the coolness of the air and I also loved hearing the coyotes.
“I am a great champion; when I ran the ground shook and the skies opened and mere mortals parted the way to victory” ~Dreamer