I have not blogged about running in a very long time because most of my running miles take place in my basement on my treadmill during the very early morning hours. I am very grateful to have a high-quality treadmill and a space to use it without waking up my children. Last week was a very special week because my parents stayed with us. This meant I was able to run outside instead! What a treat because the crack of dawn is my favorite time of day to run outside Here are some reasons why:
- I get to see the most beautiful colors in the sky. There is only about a half-hour window when this happens. Even though I don’t live in a place with a wide horizon, it never gets old to watch the sky change as each second passes.
- The air is cooler. I was so lucky to have no humidity and temperatures in the upper 50’s. When I have a cool refreshing breeze, I breathe better and feel more comfortable throughout the course.
- I may not need sunglasses. If I can get out of the door as soon as I see light in the sky (about 20 minutes before sunrise), I can complete a 3-mile run without needing a pair of sunglasses. Because there is a large tree line on the east side of my neighborhood, the last half mile of my route is always in the shade. This past Wednesday, I left for my run at 5:53 a.m. and I did not need any sunglasses.
- If I do need sunglasses, I wear ones with purple lenses because they make all colors seem to be so vibrant. There is nothing better than seeing a sunrises through purple glasses! This past Thursday, I left 40 minutes later than the previous day. Once the sun peeked past the trees, the sky became bright very quickly. This was okay because the temperatures remained cool until I finished.
- Shadows can be funny. My tall and skinny shadow entertained me for the entire block as the sun started to angle further into the sky. It seemed I took up most of the block.
My favorite part of running so early is the quiet and peacefulness in my neighborhood. There are only a few cars that drive by me. I typically see at least two fellow runners and several dog walkers throughout my route. We all say, “Good morning!” as we pass each other I absolutely love the camaraderie with fellow runners as we all give a nod of encouragement. Now that the days are getting shorter and the sun is starting to rise a bit later every day, I may start to schedule a few sunrise runs on the weekends. There is something about the quiet beauty that motivates this treadmill runner to take it to the streets.
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