45. Morning Run

45. Morning Run

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners

Morning Run

I love the sweet smell of dawn — our unique daily opportunity to smell time, to smell opportunity — each morning being, a new beginning.
 ~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

I awaken with thoughts

of things to do today

I try to shut them out

but sleep will not return

I look out through the blinds

The morning star is visible

In the dark sky turning pink

I stretch on several layers

of comfortable clothing

Pull on my favorite old sneakers

Take from a drawer my MP3

Open the front door

Step out into the cold air

and stretch

I start immediately

Up a hill

And feel the exhilaration of adrenaline Pumping through my body

Towards the top of the hill

My calves begin to burn

But no matter

The pumping music

Keeps me going

Around the block

And to the second hill

Now I feel like I can

Keep going forever

The week ahead of me

Beckons with hope

It feels great to be alive

Then around the last bend

Where I start to slow down

Just in time,

I think,

My body can’t take much more

And home again

To the smell of

Freshly brewed coffee.

~Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller

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