Back to the real world…

November 29, 2017

Back to a normal routine, including up way before dawn for an early run, usual route, favorite running partner, then to start the day back to work after a long Thanksgiving break!  The only thing out of the norm this morning was the weather/temperature!  It was an unseasonably warm morning with a temperature of 51*; beautiful morning for a run and a great way to start the day!

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Chasing another sunrise…

November 28, 2017

When I’m running alone, I don’t always have a set plan where I’m going to go… depends on how I feel, the weather, whether it is light out yet or not, etc.  This is one reason my husband has encouraged me to recently start using Strava.  If you aren’t familiar, it’s an app for running or biking that ‘maps your run,’ giving you statistics, lets you share with others, and also allows for friendly competition with other fellow athletes.  I however, do not use it for any of those reasons – lol – I use it so my husband can track me using the ‘safety beacon’ option, allowing him to see that I ended up running in a different direction than where I originally may have intended.  I’m thankful for this feature because it does make me feel safer when I run.  It also gives him the opportunity to message me while I’m running and encourage me or make some sort of funny comment.  *creeper*

Anyway, I set out for my early morning run that began by taking my normal route around town until I decided I couldn’t really stand to run around town for the entire 6 miles this morning…so I headed slightly out of town, turned onto another less traveled street and intended to turn around at the last street light—beyond that was quite dark and I had no intentions, initially, of going any further.  It may sound like I’m scared of the dark… but I will admit I’m totally scared of skunks (we’ll save that for another day).  After turning around at said street light, now facing a different direction, I caught a glimpse of what looked like a potentially beautiful sunrise.  I went a few more paces and thought, if I turn around and head back up that hill (into the dark) I’m sure I could see a beautiful sunrise at the top, overlooking the town.  It took a few more steps to convince myself it would be worth it, then turned around and decided to go for it.  I had never run up this direction before, let alone in the dark.  Thankfully dawn was quickly approaching and I knew I had to get moving if I was going to reach the top to see the sunrise.

About half way up the hill I get a text from Chris, ‘you picked a pretty big hill to run up this morning’… Yes, yes, I guess I did. My legs were burning but the sun was starting to peek up and set the base of the sky on fire; like all the other times I’ve found myself chasing a sunrise, you tend to forget or pay little attention to anything else.  It was a Win-Win – a good work out climbing the hill and the sky over the little view of the town was quite pretty.  Thankfully I was able to enjoy it further, as the colors of the sky continued to intensify as I reached the bottom of the hill and headed in an eastward direction towards home.  I love the mornings I get to chase a sunrise; it makes me feel so thankful that I got out of bed and had the opportunity, ability, dedication, willpower, endurance, etc. to run!  I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it…

Scenic run…

November 24, 2017

Sometimes you have to switch it up… I love to #run and often find myself running the same routes over and over.  I have a running friend, Whitney – the story how we met is a good one for another post another day 🙂 — anyway, when we run the same ol’ route in the early dark hours before work, its enjoyable and passes by quickly because of the company and nice chats.  However, sometimes by myself I just feel like I need to switch it up… those were my thoughts this morning when I headed out for my run.

It was a beautiful morning to run a couple scenic trails, one of which leads to a reservoir that I often forget exists.  To be honest, for being born and raised in the same small town I live in now, it might be surprising to some to know that I didn’t even know this reservoir existed until a year or two ago.  I guess it’s a hidden gem… if you like quiet, natural beauty of course.

Ps. I’ve seen people occasionally attempt to fish in this  and until today I had never been able to see the bottom … well, they are waisting their time.  It was crystal clear this morning, not nearly as deep as I thought, and not a fish anywhere to be found.  Sure is beautiful though!

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