My alarm went off at 7am. Not that early to some, maybe, but I just roll over and hit the off button. Back to dreaming.
I knew this would happen. I knew it last night when I set the alarm. So a minute later, another alarm.
At this point, I'm split in two. I want to run, but I want to sleep.
'Just 20 minutes more' says Hyde.
'Anyone can sleep' mocks Jekyll.
Jekyll wins this one and before Hyde knows it, I'm up. Shoes on, headphones in and running.
It's colder than I was expecting. I'm not dressed for sub zero. Beautiful morning, though.
'10 minutes and you'll get warmer' Jekyll tells me.
'Go back, this is madness' Hyde complains.
I run to the iPod on shuffle. It's serving up Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. This works.
It's too cold to run slow, so I run fast. 10 minutes later I'm warm.
My lap takes me past 2 short-cut turnings, and as I pass the first I suffer another personality split.
'Why not take the short route?'
'Anyone can take the short route'
Jekyll wins again and I run on, warming up every minute.
Reaching the top of a hill and looking out to see the ocean spanning more than 180 degrees of the morning horizon, Hyde finally gives up and leaves me on my own.
By the 10k mark I feel like I could run all day, and that seems like a good place to stop.
Here's to Jekyll and many more morning runs in 2011.