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Fall - The Most Difficult Time For Me

Monday, September 18, 2017

I've been training to run a 5K this summer - the dogs have been my partners in this, which is totally awesome. They love it so much, and I really do too. Some days I am less than enthusiastic to get started, but am always so incredibly pumped by the end of the run that I know it is doing good for me. We train in the mornings before I leave for work, which has me up at 4:30 on those mornings. It is now to the point where it is very dark.
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I started out running after work, but found that so many people are out walking their dogs at the end of the day that it was too much of a distraction for my dogs to allow me to actually run without interruption. Mornings work great, and what an incredible way to start off the day!!!
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The area in which I live has some undesirable people in it or passing through it, who seem to be even more active now that the darkness lasts longer than in the summertime. It is getting scarier and scarier to be out there, even though my one dog is a large Newfoundlander-cross and might keep scary people away from me.

Fall is rough already, with September 11th being the start of the anniversaries of many close friends and family member's deaths. My body doesn't deal with the decreased daylight well, either. The running was helping to combat that so much, which was a really great unexpected result from my training.

The 5K I registered to run is this Sunday. After listening to police sirens stop near my house about 10 minutes before my alarm went off this morning, I decided my training is done until spring. If I have to walk part of my 5K on Sunday, I'm okay with that. It just makes me so sad... the dogs and I have been getting such a great benefit from it. We still do our walks, and I will add some extra time to those walks now that I'm not going to run in the mornings - but I am disappointed.

I just had to vent...
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