this morning i finally got over my fear and laziness, put my new barefoot merrell tennis shoes on, and got my rear outside to run. it helped tremendously that a friend of mine who i would consider a "serious runner" just moved onto my street a few months ago and agreed to get up while the crickets were still chirping to run with me!
it was so peaceful out. early morning is my favorite time of the day. the sky is still dark and quiet, the stars are still out, and everything is calm. sprinklers are watering thirsty lawns and bunnies are scurrying about. even after getting to bed very late (for me), it was invigorating to be outside moving my body.
it was also exciting to realize i can run much longer than i thought i could. i've been working out more over the last few months, and it's been a slow, gradual change, but i can tell i'm getting stronger. that's a good feeling.
though my feet were aching (getting used to those barefoot shoes!) and my muscles were sore when i finally made it back home, the sense of accomplishment and the mood it cast on the rest of my day were well worth that wee hour waking. i hope i can keep it up, even if it's just twice a week at first. the problem is going to be wanting to go further and stay out longer. hopefully jay can agree to give me my morning runs and take care of the kiddos just a couple days a week! an exchange, right?