“Running is like celebrating your soul. There's so much it can teach us in life.”
- Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run
I have been known to pay money so I can drag myself out of bed at what can only be referred to as the butt crack of dawn and drive halfway across the city to run 3 miles. Now that the husband has ventured into running with me, he has the pleasure of being drug along with me. And while a 5 AM wake up call on his only day off of the week may seem brutal, there is a lot that can be learned on these early morning treks.
On this past Sunday morning, we participated in the Blues N Brews 5K down in the crossroads. After the run, the Blues Travelers performed. Here’s a little of what we learned:
- It is DARK at 5 AM.
- Watching the moon go down and the sun come up is breathtaking.
- The dog refuses to get up that early. We got a “screw you guys, I’m going back to sleep” look as we headed out.
- The streets of downtown are quiet in the morning.
- While I was elated to hear Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s ‘Good Vibrations’ pounding at the water stop, I’m sure the residents of the apartment building across the street were not thrilled about the early morning wake up call.
- The homeless like to stand on corners and blow cigarette smoke in your face during mile 2.
- Somewhere in Kansas City lives a man over 65 who can still crank out 3 miles in 24 minutes.
- You are not a true rock star until you play a concert on a Saturday night then rally the next morning at 7 AM to play again for a bunch of crazy runners. We heard the guitar player for the opening band was smashed by 9:00 the night before but was back on stage and sounded great the next morning.
- Sometimes when you get up early you are rewarded with sweet swag...like a cool medal that is actually a bottle opener (see what you’re missing out on D?).
- Runners like to drink...duh, that’s why we run.
- The Blues Travelers still sound fantastic...even after all those gun charges.
- Running...it does a body good.