It is funny to see people's faces when I tell them that I start my run at 4:45 am. They already think I am crazy for running, but waking up that early to run is really crazy. I guess that puts me in the ultra crazy category for them. I do not think anyone can appreciate or understand how good a run that early in the morning feels unless they do it. I had to do it several times before I appreciated it, but now I look forward to it. I do not want to miss it.
I love pulling into the parking lot and seeing 30+ people there getting ready to put in a hard 4-5 miles. I love that while running I get to look at the stars. I have seen a couple of shooting stars this last week. I love the cooler weather. I love the group of people I run with. We all know what it is like to get up and start our day with a good run. I love that feeling you get after a great run; I sometimes keep it with me several hours later. I love to chat and joke around with my friends during and after the run or talk about our latest running injury or running war story. I love watching the sun rise. I feel like I am living life for the first time in my life. I am happier, and I have more energy through the day. I feel like a better person. I think what I love most is when I realize what I am doing when I am running. The thought of me running 4+ miles at 4:45 AM makes me happy.
A funny side story. Yesterday, someone asked me if I talk about anything else besides running. I guess I talk a lot about what I am excited about. I want to share what makes me happy with others. I see people at the point where I was 8 months ago, and I want to run up and cheer for them and tell them they can do it. I see people who want to start or should start working out or eating healthy, and I want to help. I know it is hard, and I know anyone can do it, because I am doing it. It is not easy, but it is worth it.
The Chris from 9 months ago would've laughed at you if you would've told him that he will be waking up at 4 am to go run at 4:45 am and enjoy it, have more energy and be happy about it.