And with winter comes darkness.
I am an early morning runner. I always have been. I like waking up and after a good fifteen minutes of staring into space/sipping coffee putting my shoes on and heading out the door. I like to knock my runs out first thing so inevitably when something comes up later in the day I don't have to wonder how I am going to fit my run in. Instead I can feel all smug that I knocked out 8 miles before most people are out of bed. That is right. Winning with the early morning runs. But I have recently run into a problem with my smug early morning runs;
The Dark Forest (aka the bike path I run on surrounded by early morning ominous trees.)
Running in the early morning hours increasingly means running in the dark. I have a super bright flash light I carry and a pretty hip neon yellow reflector waste band thing so I can be seen. But that does nothing to stop the weird panicky claustrophobic feeling I get running on the bike path in the dark surrounded by trees. This has happened a few times now. Get on path. Get all freaked out by darkness and weird sounds. Now I know the only thing in the trees are these
That is of course until I have my treadmill........I dream big.