Friday, September 2, 2016

magic in the mornings

I just want to say that I hate seeing five o'clock in the morning. Sleep has always been my friend and I treasure it and our friendship dearly.

But there's something to be said about the quiet energy in an early morning. It's like this gently buzzing thing waiting to be set free. Although, to be fair, it could also be the wind rustling leaves, or the rabbits hopping around in bushes. I'm going to stick with the energy thing.

So three days this week I parted with my friend sleep and woke up at five. I wanted to get my runs out of the way since it was supposed to be scorching (it was high seventies/low eighties - read: I'm a wimp) by the end of the day. That and I had a little badge motivation.

Yesterday, after I dragged my ass out of bed and ran two miles, I finally earned that early bird badge. And when I'm doing these runs before dawn, after watching Game of Thrones, the whole "the night is dark and full of terrors" thing is a little unnerving. 

But that morning energy is unreal. I didn't even feel like I needed a nap on those days. And we'll just forget that I wanted to hug my pillow at eight each night and sleep for a thousand hours. I'm very serious when I said I treasure my sleep friendship.

Thankfully, the weather is supposed to cool off so I have a little more flexibility for my run schedule. That and there are other badges out there waiting for me to get them!

What motivates you to run? A training plan? All the food? I asked my husband what his was. His first thought? Food. He quickly reneged and changed his answer to beer.

Until your find yours, keep pounding pavement. 

-A. Rae

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