I love summer, and I am especially loving THIS summer, because it's my first summer off in eight years. I am doing work on the dissertation but also getting plenty of goof-off time in, and I have time to do my workouts whenever I want.
This morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and just wasn't tired anymore. My husband was awake too, so we decided to get up, have coffee and breakfast, and take a walk. I put on my running clothes and ended up letting him head back home on his own while I did a short (2 mile) run on this rail trail that we have.
It was still cool and the sun was just coming up, making everything pink and hazy. The trail passes through corn fields, a mobile home park, and then goes under a highway bridge into a scrap of leftover prairie land full of chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, thistles, milkweed, grasses, and other wild plants I wish I could name. The birds and butterflies love this part of the trail and I also saw a few baby rabbits.
Even this early there were lots of other bikers and walkers out, plus a couple of runners, so I felt safe running alone. I am really going to miss mornings like this in the middle of December.
I figured I did about 22-25 minutes of running and maybe an hour of walking to and from the trail. Plus there was still some leftover coffee when I got back.