Waiting for the Dawn

I’m here.        Are you there?

I’m here.         I’m here.        I’m here.       Are you there?          Are you there?

I’m here.  I’m here.  I hear you.  I’m here.  Are you there?  I’m here.  Are you there?

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I am an habitual early riser.  I get up before the dawn.  Even in the late spring as we approach the summer solstice I am up when it is still dark, and hearing is very acute.  I can hear a train very far off making it’s way down tracks.  But as the dawn nears, the birds start to sing.  First only a single bird sounds a few chirps, then another starts to answer, and another, and another until there is a cacophony of bird noises filling the early morning air.  This is the best time of the morning.  The air is still cool, the scent of the air coming through the open window is fresh, and I am by myself, able to think about plans for the day, the week, and the coming months.

There is a clarity of thought early in the morning that does not carry through to the end of the day.  As the day progresses, the surrounding noises get louder, people talk over one another, conversations are rapid fire and brief, and one tends to react rather than think things through.  So, it is a real pleasure to have the early morning to pour a bowl of cereal, grind some beans and make coffee, and then sit by myself, listening as the birds sing, and think about my plans.

I like to read the NY Times on my iPad early in the morning.  I’ll go through the headlines, and read the latest from Gail Collins who always makes me laugh as she points out absurdities in politics.  I’m amazed and depressed by all the news of the nightmares some people are living in places like Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Eastern Ukraine, and on and on.

I think about my day and try to remember the things I must do, the things I want to do and the things which would be good to do.  It’s especially important to remember the things which didn’t make it to all my various forms of calendars, whether the Outlook calendar for work, or my phone calendar which I’ll often set to remind me a day or a couple of hours ahead of time of something which needs doing.  But things like car repairs, bill paying and other activities don’t make it to the calendar and must be remembered.  I also have several presentations for work to prepare, which I know need doing but for which I don’t have any reminders.

As for running, I have done with my spring races, two half marathons and a ten miler.  I signed up for the Philadelphia marathon November 23, and I plan to start the training process sixteen weeks earlier, Sunday, August 3.  As my friend Tony pointed out, looking at the usual training plans, I’ll have to back off on my running to fit into the plan.  Not that I would do that, of course.  My thoughts at present center on how to remain pain free and get into good condition for the marathon.  I have some nagging pain in my right knee which I have had before but always makes me worried.  It is nice, though, to get a break from the buildup to races, and just enjoy the running now for running’s sake.

For now, I will enjoy the pre-dawn time as the sun begins to light the sky, the birds awake and sing, and my ears have dropped their defenses and can pick up the slightest sounds of the early morning.

Frank

 

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11 Comments

  1. Very Nice post Frank! – My favorite morning song comes from the mockingbird!

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  2. Anonymous

     /  June 8, 2014

    Nice Frank! I’ve found my very early morning 3-day-a-week schedule has me up most of the other mornings before or just after the first light.
    If you & our friend Tony would like a marathon training plan that DOESN’T cause you to back off your running just let me know and I’ll be happy to supply you with one! 😉

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  3. Ed

     /  June 8, 2014

    Nice Frank!
    My very early three-day-a-week schedule has resulted in me being awake the other mornings at or just after dawn also.
    If you & our friend Tony would like a marathon training plan that DOESN’T cause you to bask off your running just let me know and I’ll be happy to pass one along! 😉

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  4. Brandon

     /  June 9, 2014

    Mornings are beautiful. It’s God’s way of washing the slate clean and giving us clarity to begin writing our next next chapter on a new day. I like it when you show your sensitive and introspective side. Well done as always.

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  5. I love morning runs when there are few out but those that are, will be enjoying it like me. Great post! 🙂

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    • Thanks, RT. You are right, the early morning runs are great, especially if the sky is just starting to get light.

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