545 the alarm goes off, out of bed sneaking around so i dont wake the little one, lots of water, shave, get changed into my gear, shorts and a merino tshirt for the current chilly mornings and a beanie for the first 1/2k or so, pat the dogs on the way out and then crunch crunch on the gravel under starlight as I walk out to our gravel rd, Mudlarks calling and a couple of magpies somewhere out in the way yonder... My eyes are getting accustomed to the dark and I quickly walk to a tree that marks my starting point... stars look good this morning, no moon... and off I go "crunch crunch crunch"  Love it.  Currently Im thinking about how Im running as well as my normal running daydreams of whatever is going on in life, interspersed with ridiculous ideas of wild animals that dont and cannot exist eating me, Im in australia for goodness sakes, only have to worry about snakes if its hot... leaving the wild animals behind i get absorbed by my run, round the corner, kookaburras laughing this morning, how fantastic.... theres a slight orange tinge to the horizon now and the light is slowly increasing, i turn onto the dirt track run up to the railway line, and continue now on my way back, maybe ill think a bit about the slight uphill, maybe not, but generally ill forget it quickly thinking of my goals for the year, "crunch crunch crunch" go my feet, maybe ill see a roo, often im lucky enough to have one hop along a fence line for a while... getting to the end of my 5ks i find myself going faster and wondering how my time is going... I get to the trees that mark the end of my run and slow to a walk, glance at my watch swearing ill take proper notice of the time i started running tomorrow which I never seem to do, run seems to be getting easier though and Im pretty sure Ive knocked nearly 5mins off since i started again late last year... Looks like its going to be a nice day, I wonder how many people dont know or can appreciate the beauty of the night and dawn skies.....   time for my coffee a change and off to work....  Ill try for a longer 'long run' this weekend as things are feeling good, looking forward to my run tomorrow....

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Comment by David Tepper on March 8, 2014 at 4:24am
Your welcome :)Great place to run, I'm very lucky having so many back roads to choose from here!
Comment by Eric Welsh on March 7, 2014 at 1:53pm

Sounds like a fun journey and great place to run. Thanks for helping visualize the run with you! Morning is absolutely the best time to run in my book. I love seeing the sun begin to color the horizon as I am finishing up.  

Comment by David Tepper on March 5, 2014 at 8:11pm

your welcome, any time... roos are quite common at home, even get a wallaby every now and then, wallabys are very cool!

Comment by Lori Enlow on March 4, 2014 at 11:46am
Thanks for taking us along! Can't imagine seeing roos on my run! Enjoy your day!

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