running & coffee 2 June 2014

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The coffee perks at 4:38AM. Why 4:38? Because it makes me feel like I’m sleeping in when I don’t have to set it at 4:30. The strong, hot smell reminds me why I want to get up—the running clothes stare back at me and I put them on even though on this day I’d rather take the steaming mug back to bed instead. Once my new running shoes are on and I leave the mug empty and alone,  out on the deck the stars are before me and I know it’s going to be a good run even as they fade into sunrise. My feet have gotten the message and have stopped trying to drag me back and instead find lift and more speed going down the road with the pleasure of new shoes! I ride along with them, music playing through my headphones and look forward to filling that mug again when we return. The smell of heavy dew from the night surrounds me, making me slow to check one of the rain gauges on my route-it’s empty. But the promise of moisture is with me. The heifers gaze over the pasture fence, wondering what in the world I’m doing. No skunk today as I left a bit later and by the time I get to my skunk spot, she has already crossed the road and gone back into her den missing the brilliant pinks and oranges of the sunrise. She may have peeked out after I passed. The wind pick up as I come back up the last quarter mile. Opening the door, the hot coffee welcomes me home.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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