I’m a lucky lady.
I live in a runner-friendly city with lots of paved and unpaved trails at my disposal. I have lots of awesome friends who share their love of running and life with me.
I’ve had the opportunity to introduce people to running and to mentor them through a 5K training program, and that has changed my life.
Case in point: my friend Sarah is not a morning person. Much like me.
But she loves to run. I was her mentor for a time, and she has decided to run a marathon this fall.
This insane heat has lead her to join the crazy train of running before the sun comes up. Since I was running at dawn this morning, I sent Sarah a text to encourage her to wake up and greet the sun.
And what a beautiful morning it was.
Thankfully, I had to Denise right next to me, encouraging me. I had Sarah in spirit. And I knew that I could run three miles and not die because I’d finished longer runs in much worse conditions.
The mind is so powerful. It amazes me. How one negative thought, just a blip at first, can ruin your mental game.
Somehow, despite my mental funk, Denise and I managed a quicker pace than Monday.
Plus, I found out other people are getting up early to chase the sun, too. I’m calling it the Sunrise Run Club.