6:30 alarm goes off. Lay in bed wishing I didn’t have to get up. In the thin line between sleepy haze and alertness, think about not running. Wake up a little more and know that I will be so much happier when I get out the door. Take blood sugar.
6:35 drink big bottle of water to get the blood flowing. Go to the bathroom at least twice. Brush teeth, lace up shoes, pitter around the kitchen.
6:50 start running. Smell a cacophony of aromas/odors-wild herbs and flowers, toast, coffee, syrup/dogs, horses, landfill; hear an equally diverse number of sounds-crickets, dogs barking at me, birds, the fading rumble of cars.
7 start running the hill, keeping a mental tally of how many times I’ve done it and how many more remain. Watch the sun rise in the sky and turn from a bright orange ball to a blazing yellow light. See deer; pretend I’m tracking deer.
7:25 change into my huaraches, check blood sugar if I had slowed down insulin or if I feel funny. Leap out and pretend that now I’m a deer. Dodge rocks, relish the breeze, focus on taking little steps. Feel alert and alive and so happy to be running.
7:55 sprint to the finish, change back into my regular shoes. Take blood sugar, adjust accordingly. Drink a protein drink (strawberry!) while checking email.
8:15 stretch, lift some weights/do plyometrics, read Bible, drink big glass of ice water. Think how glad I am that I’m up and energized for the day.
8:45 shower, get ready for the day, trying to stretch out my legs as much as possible.
9 breakfast, coffee, vitamins. Stand up and feel very creaky and old because my legs are still adjusting to new surfaces and terrain.