Can we talk about a near-perfect sunny Sunday run, amidst the sunrise?
It's no secret how much I embrace my sunrise runs, and how much I love my early mornings. Now that we're on the bright side of the Equinox, the sunrises are coming earlier and earlier...and I'm over-the-moon excited about it.
Case in point, my most recent sunrise run...
There were so many good things happening during this 3-mile adventure in my running shoes. Care to indulge me, for a few minutes, while I gush about it?
First off, there was the weather. We'd just endured a challenging week of rain, wind, and unseasonably cold temps. Sunday's morning temps were borderline chilly, at that early hour, but they felt fantastic (says the gal who much prefers warm weather). There was a clear sky and minimal wind, both of which had been rare commodities recently.
Next, I'd had a real intense lower-body strength workout Thursday evening, and the DOMS had been harassing a few key muscles (I'll invite you to use your imagination on this one, LOL). My body was still a bit DOMS-laden, but my mojo was on-point.
Seriously, everything was feeling good. In fact (as seems to be the case with most recovery runs), once my feet hit the pavement, the aching muscles start to loosen up within the first 1/4-mile. This little movement worked its magic on Sunday morning as well. It was one of those runs where I really had to hold back because my legs wanted to spring into action faster than they should. Meanwhile, I just couldn't keep that sunrise out of sight...
Also, I'd just gotten a new pair of Knockaround sunglasses in the mail on Friday. As silly as it may sound, they gave me even more (imagined or otherwise) energy. Sorry, but I'm a believer in the power of fun and funky running gear (and accessories).
And, finally, the sunrise itself was so bright and full of grandeur! A lot of times, clouds add an artistic touch to a sunrise (or even a sunset), but this particular sunrise stood on its own merit. There's something about the bright sun glowing behind the silhouettes of various still-barren trees...well, it's an image that just needs to be captured.
I simply had to make a Reel (on Instagram) to document the experience HERE .
So, that's my story of how a seemingly short 3-mile run totally made my day...while much of the my town may have still been sleeping. Honestly, does it get any better than that?
Have you ever had a near-perfect run, such as this? Where the temps feel nice and the wind plays nice? And, your recovering body suddenly feels back to normal?