this morning i ran before work. i am trying to get back into the habit and really getting up at 7:20 isnt that early. my poor little sister has to get up at 5:45 every morning to get to her internship and goes for runs after she gets home in the hot summer heat. its just hard to roll myself out of my toasty little bed to freeze my buns off and risk life and limb crossing the street, pasarela 1, street, pasarela 2, avenida españa and finally being able to run safely on the boardwalk next to the ocean.
so anyway, after a motivating conversation with my sister who is a much more motivated and just a better runner than me in general (19:26 5k, 1:50 25k, 3:30 marathon) i decided to get my butt back in gear. all humbleness aside, im better than your average jogger and when in shape i can perform decently in road races and on a rare occasion triathlons. last year i did pretty good here (pretty good compared to this year running an average of 2 times a week for about 30 minutes) and even won an mp3 player and got quoted in two newspapers (mercurio and las ultimas noticias) for finishing second (woman) in the Valparaiso hills 5k last year. my sister told me, emily seriously. you know that getting the run out of the way in the morning is the best way to go. you will feel better all day and can relax because you already got a workout for the day. just tell yourself that you have to do, its an obligation and nike yourself into it. (just do it? duh)
so, i got myself out of bed this morning without too much complaining and got out the door before 7:30. i went through the aforementioned obstacle course to get to the boardwalk and was instantly glad. above the hills in front of me i watched a gigantic full moon quickly fall behind the city. it was absolutely incredible. the entire sky was cotton candy pink and all swirly in between the time that the sun fully rises and the darkness falls away. as i ran the day became brighter and brighter and the moon disappeared behind the hills.
i ran back home happy, awake and ready to start the day. my sister was definitely right about her motivations for getting out the door but the reason ill be back out tomorrow morning is that gorgeous sky, smooth sea and beautiful colors that disappear before most of the city takes notice of them.
once a runner, always a runner