Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Little Magic in the Morning


My new favorite thing about living in Misawa is the morning. When we got back a month ago, daily sunrise was around 3:30am and we were jet lagged anyway, so we got in the habit of waking up crazy early. Now, even though we're well adjusted and the sun holds off until 4:15ish, I'm still up bright and early every day and out the door by 4:30 to go running.

It's the best part of my day.

I know, what kind of a crazy person enjoys waking up at 4am to run? Well, first of all, it's the only time these days that is cool enough to run at all. So there's that. But more importantly, it's just plain awesome. Everything is still quiet, but just starting to come alive. There are no cars, only a few other early-morning relishers (the same people every day, meeting along the same corners each morning), and stunning sunrises. My route is mostly along open, calm fields of rice paddies, and my goal is to work up to running to the beach and back some days (I'm up to 6 miles a day; my route to the beach will eventually be just about 8). It's basically a magical conglomeration of gorgeous landscapes and gorgeous lighting and gorgeous solitude (and sweat...) all wrapped up in a perfect hour. It's kind of like my special time bonding with Misawa, and I know it'll be one of the things I'll miss it a lot when we leave (and in the winter when it's too icy to run outside).


5 comments:

Michelle said...

How beautiful! If I knew that was waiting for me, I would wake up that early as well.

Marianne said...

6 miles a day?? You're amazing!!

margaret said...

I love these recent Misawa posts. Spunds like you're really taking advantage of everything Misawa has to offer this last year. Running 6 miles at sunrise - sounds ambitious - and wonderful!

LizzyB said...

6 MILES A DAY! Girl you are kick ass! You're gonna be a super duper skinny mini if you keep that act up. Make sure you eat more to compensate :) Great job!

Line Broen said...

WOW! That's beautiful!