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Being a morning runner

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 27, 2013 07:53 AM

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The soles of my cold, barefeet hit the wood floor as I struggle to gain my balance after waking from a dream.

It's 4 a.m.

Everyone but me is asleep so I make a point to keep the lights in the bedroom off as I grab my running shoes from a pile in the corner.

I tip-toe in the almost-black of the morning out of the bedroom and into the kitchen, where I turn on my coffee pot.

As the liquid I am addicted to begins to brew, I lean against the kitchen sink and finally put my running shoes on. Once I have them to the proper tightness, my coffee is ready to consume. I grab the mug with both hands and breathe in the smell (sometimes I think the smell is better than the first sip).

I walk in that flat-footed way I have back down the hall to the front closet where I keep my favorite running top -- the one that feels like an old, perfectly worn in t-shirt and has the slits in the sleeves for my thumbs.

By the time I walk back to the kitchen, my coffee is empty, but the lights are still off.

I let the dog out. Even he is mellow in the mornings, taking advantage of the rare quiet in a house normally bustling with the noise and energy of a 3 year old boy.

I open the door to let the dog back inside. He goes back to bed, snuggling into a tight ball in the corner of his pillow.

I walk to the bottom of the driveway. Take a deep breath.

My muscles are finally awake. They know this routine. I look both ways before crossing the street.

My left arm moves back as my right foot takes the first stride.

Who knows what my miles will bring this morning. But I can never wait to find out.

I have started my day like this for more than a year now. You'd think I grow tired of it, and yet, every day the possibility of what I may see or learn on my run propels me to wake up the next day and do it again.

And again.

And again.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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