I couldn't sleep beyond 4.30am, so got up and headed off for a run at 5.30. I adore being out just after first light.
Again, just a maintenance run for me. No pressure, no tracking. It's a very freeing experience. I feel like I'm more in tune with how I run this way. Started off super slow and felt my pace quicken after 10 minutes, so the whole run was done by feel.
A goods train rumbled and creaked by on the other side of the canal, which was very atmospheric.
Through the trees up the long incline towards the field, where I made my way up the hill to where I took this photo. I felt like doing a little dance at the top, but two people were standing admiring the sunrise, so I just said hello.
On the way back a man on his way to work made way for me and I thanked him and as I was on another incline I said 'this is a bit tough'. He replied 'is it worth it' and of course I said emphatically and with my whole heart 'oh yes!'. It was nice to have that little interaction. I am very happy with that lovely gentle run. I put a bit of a spurt on right at the end down the boring road.
Plenty of time to get to campus to start work. My close colleague retired yesterday, so this run helped me process this and the fact that I'm not far behind!
A beautiful day - enjoy whatever you are doing today folks.