For my second day in a row, I got up early this morning to walk the dogs and work out. Today was extra early, because my husband had to leave for work by 5:00 am so if I wanted to walk the dogs, I had to do it before then. It recently dawned on me that we need to exercise our dogs more. We normally would take the dogs for a walk in the evening, all 5 of us, but it’s so incredibly hot and muggy that we don’t normally make it more than once around the block before the dogs are ready to pass out and everyone’s sweaty and thirsty. I realized that the best time to exercise them (and me) is before the sun comes up in the morning. I have worked out early before, but never 4:15 am. That just sounds nutty, doesn’t it? Well, I’m at a point right now where I know that certain things need to change, (that’s another post) so I decided to just suck it up and do it.
It’s oddly quiet and slightly creepy to be walking around anywhere at this time of the morning. Here are a few of my observations:
- There are still bats flapping around at 4:30 am! Kinda cool, actually.
- I automatically memorize the make, model, and license plate of suspicious looking cars in my neighborhood.
- My German Shepherd, Pepper Potts, is afraid of sprinklers. We must move to the other side of the street if someone’s is running.
- If your dog poops during the walk, it’s much easier to deal with on trash day. You can pick it up and discreetly deposit it in someone’s trash can, conveniently located at the edge of the road, instead of having to carry it around for a few miles.
- Even in the dark I’m afraid to be seen without clearly holding a poop bag while walking a dog. It’s automatic judgement otherwise.
- There is a ridiculous amount of people in my neighborhood that not only park in the street, they make no effort to get even close to the curb. Our streets are super narrow to begin with, don’t they worry about being sideswiped?
- The longer and harder that I exercise in the morning, the better my day is going to be.
- Going for a walk with a dog is good for your soul.
- I instinctively avoid walking too close to storm drains because of Pennywise the Clown from It. “They all float down here”. *shiver*
- RunKeeper and Spotify are some fantastic apps for tracking exercise and keeping you entertained while walking. Just keep one earbud out so no clowns, bats, or creeps can sneak up on you.
Have a great day!