Sunrise running

I have had to steal Quin’s headlamp for my early morning runs.

I have been spoiled. Being a professional runners these last 15 years I have been able to run around 9am every morning which was perfect. I had plenty of time to get up, drink coffee, and watch the news all comfy on the couch.

Enter the kiddos. Life certainly changed, but I would not change a thing. But just as life changed taking care of two cutie pies, I had to adjust my running accordingly. Since I am not quite ready to give up competition, I am still trying to fit in some intense workouts, long runs and two -a - days. It’s all pretty difficult with a husband that works long hours.

My Mom and her husband, Alan, live a mile away and are my primary childcare luckily. It truly does take a village to raise a child, so any and all help is appreciated. Well, after one of my last races, Livy did them in. I was gone for 3 days, and she was her usual 1.5 year old terror that also decided she would not nap for them.

Not wanting to burn out my awesome babysitters, I decided to adjust my running schedule once again. I am now getting in my easy runs before Jon goes to work which means out the door at 5:30 and back no later than 7:15.  It’s a bit painful, but the good thing is the runs go by fast because I don’t really wake up until half way through. I am a morning person, though, and sunrise running along the ocean is serene and spiritual. So far so good, but it’s going to be a long, dark winter. Good luck to everyone getting it in when you can. Have fun, and be safe!


Blake Russell

Runner, Wife and Mom. Enjoying where the running world has taking me and looking forward to the journey.

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2 Responses

  1. Blake, as a morning runner who began for the same reason over 30 years ago, all I can say is that is grows on you. I wouldn’t run at any other time of day, and the kids are long gone!

  2. Kevin says:

    Sally was right again,it was you at 5:45 am. Maybe Sally could do pick ups with you, I’ll get her a motorcycle to keep up!

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