Saturday, February 28, 2009

Early morning long run - epic haiku style

Up before the sun
dressing quietly in the dark
Don't wake the family

Step outside - weather check
Cold but not too bad
Shorts, long sleeve and a vest

Walking to the street
stretching lightly
Garmin finding satellites

Starting to run
legs finding their pace
falling into a rhythm

Heading towards the University
towards Virginia Street
fingers cold on water bottle

Through downtown Reno
under the arch
past casinos and strip clubs

Little traffic this early
mostly taxicabs
taking Friday night revelers home

Right on Plumb Lane
residential area
sidewalk, then dirt shoulder

Still dark outside
thought it would be lighter
careful of the few cars

Earbuds singing to me
favorite running mix
shuffle keeps repeating

On McCarran now
headed downhill, but
can see a big hill ahead

Dragging uphill
not as bad as I thought
cresting under I-80

Wow incredible sunrise
shining under high clouds
like light on wet sand

Short-lived though
around a corner and it's gone
back to overcast morning

Last uphill, then
downhill a dirt path
just over a mile home

What a big cat -
going into a storm drain
oh, it's a raccoon...

Finally home
hit stop on the watch
walk slowly up the driveway

Breathing hard
and nicely tired
a great way to start the weekend


slowrunner77 said...

that sunrise this morning WAS awesome! BTW...Mark & I want you to drink beer with us next Saturday...what say you? i did an indoor run today, my longest since our 11-12 miler last month...only a 10k though, but it felt good...ish.

SnowLeopard said...

Turi, you have quite an awe-inspiring way with words. Your stanzas were simple and effective- I liked your lose haiku style so you didn't lose the meaning of the words by fighting sylables. Touching. Moving. Greatly appreciated by me. :)

SnowLeopard said...

It just occurred to me that I should have responded in haiku form! One for you~

Steep hills and quick breath;
the best time of the morning
to run and ponder.

SnowLeopard said...

Forgot the title, without which, the poem doesn't make quite enough sense~