I'm kind of dyslexic with the clock at that time of day, especially as the bedroom clock isn't straight. How I can run 10k on only five and a half hours sleep first thing in the morning, but can't manage 1k in the afternoon is beyond me. As I'm a pig and eat all day, maybe it's something to do with how empty my stomach is. Note to self, eat less.
Anyway, I set out in the dark, to the sound of a blackbird singing. I started my usual autistic counting minis (the car); I don't think I actually am on the spectrum, but I do find counting things comforting and entertaining. Hmm ... pity I couldn't count the buzzes on my watch accurately, or read the K markers with my dodgy eyesight (I was aiming for 9k, back on ju-ju-'s plan). I lost count of the minis too -
So out through the town, up Rock Hill, then out onto the London Road, via a detour round a churchyard, where daffodils made a luminous splash among crooked gravestones in the half light. That funny star shape on the map is where I ran round and round the grim estate with the three story houses that are like a solid wall with no gaps in between. The circle is the aptly named something or other Circus.
After that I headed on up the London Road, where the path was muddy in some places and flooded in others, necessitating running up onto the grass verge from time to time. A pheasant belted across the path: they breed them for shooting round here, I think; I passed a lot of little, low hut things with pheasants around them. Then I branched off up what was probably a private road, though it wasn't marked as such. A rabbit scuttled away into the hedgerow, white tail a beacon in the growing light. Red streaks among the grey clouds beyond showed the approach of morning proper.
So, turned round, ran back out to the road again, then headed for the town once more, where a couple of jackdaws flew along beside me for a few yards. I was in a lovely place where my body seemed to keep going automatically, breathing steady, feet going thwock thwock in a rhythm. Once I've run for 20 minutes or so, I seem to be able to just keep going.
I finished my run near to home. I honestly could have run further. Not massively fast, but I was going uphill a lot of the time and had a very strong wind against me. But I did it! Now I can relax for a bit and run purely for fun, just as far and as fast/slowly as I feel like. (VO2 Max has taken a nose dive again though)
Can I have my badge now please