Back to 5am running, an empty pool, and storm damage


Hey there friends!

Happy Monday and top of the morning to ya! I am officially back in the routine of running at 5am every morning. For a couple days there I experimented with running later in the day, but once again, it’s just not for me. Turns out, what I’ve always known remains true: I love being getting my miles in before the sun comes up. There’s something about getting it done early that makes me feel super productive — like I’ve already accomplished something before the rest of the world wakes up.

Last night I randomly woke up at 3:30am. It was one of those times where I was weirdly wide awake at an hour when I shouldn’t be. I have no idea why I woke up. I tried unsuccessfully to go back to sleep, but after a while of that, I finally ended up getting up. I got dressed, had a banana, and headed out the door for my run!

Normally 6 miles is my jam, but today I clocked a 5 milers. For some reason I just felt “done” by the time I got to 5, so I called it. Normally I would try to push myself to get that extra mile under my belt, but I don’t feel pressured to do that right now. I’m not training for anything in particular and it’s not like one less mile per day is going to break the running bank.

Remember when I talked about my love for my gym? It will probably come as no surprise that the love is still going strong! This morning at the gym, I was walking past the pool when I saw that it had been completely drained. They must be doing some kind of maintenance on it. Pools look so weird when there is no water in them!


This is the pool I used for pool running back when I had a foot injury after the Hartford Marathon. I would get in and do my hour of pool running at the deepest section. It was a decent workout, and didn’t put any extra pressure on my foot. I did this every day instead of regular running, for about 3 weeks. My foot still wasn’t 100% at the end of that time (it took several months for that) but I was able to run easy in supportive shoes, and kept paces slow until my foot was healed. I hope I will never have another foot injury, but if I ever do, I will be back in this pool!

Speaking of pools, back when we were looking at houses to buy, we looked at a couple homes with backyard pools. For me, pools are not a huge selling point to a house.

In Houston, our townhouse was right in front of the pool. We thought we’d use it all the time! After all, the hot climate lends itself to bigtime pool usage. But despite the sweltering summers and living LITERALLY 15 feet from the pool, I hardly ever got in it. I might have gone once or twice in the 7 years that we lived there. Joel used the pool maybe a handful of times each year.

Since it turned out that neither of us were super frequent users of it, we agreed that a pool wouldn’t be a huge attraction to a house. The maintenance doesn’t seem worth it since it wouldn’t get much use.


Last week I was driving to work one morning, and I saw multiple big branches lying near or across the road. For some reason I thought that our town must have gone around cutting branches to maintain the trees (hah!). Turns out it was actually storm damage from a storm that came through our area. Actually, I’m pretty sure the storm hit most of the northeast. It rained for a couple days and was VERY windy. Many flights got cancelled, and a lot of people lost power.

Thankfully, we did not have any damage to our property (our solar powered lamp got blown off its hook, but it was simple to re-hang on the deck). All of the trees on our street survived the storm just fine. We lost power at some point, but it must have happened while we were sleeping or at work, because we had zero idea. The only clue we had that we lost power was the clock on the oven which reset itself. I’m glad we didn’t have any bigger issues. I drove past a couple huge trees that got blown over and I’m glad this didn’t happen to any of the ones near us.


On a random note, there was a chipmunk in our garage today. I think I scared it when I came home from my run. It gave me quite a fright! I heard some scuffling, but since it was dark I couldn’t see what was causing it until I flipped on the light. It must have been stuck in there all night. The chipmunk scampered around in a panic as I tried to usher it towards the open doorway. I don’t know how sheepdog corral entire droves of sheep — I had a hard time getting that darn chipmunk to go in the direction of the door! It kept running from corner to corner, even though the open doorway was mere feet away. I finally managed to shoo it out the door, and it ran off into the grass.

It made me think of times in life when we do the very same thing as that poor chipmunk. How often do we get ourselves in a fix, and then run away… or detach… from the very person who is trying to offer help? Hah! I suppose that little chipmunk is all of us at one point or another.

Have you seen my other posts? Here’s one on things to do in Connecticut, and another one on how we moved house in the middle of winter!

What is your favorite time of day to workout? What are your thoughts on backyard pools? Were you affected by the storm last week?



9 thoughts on “Back to 5am running, an empty pool, and storm damage

  1. The gyms pool looks so weird drained! I feel like it’s a scene out of a scary movie lol.
    On weekdays I work out after work because I’m not gutsy enough to go by myself while it’s dark out. But on Saturday mornings I’m up nice and early to get my long run in which is nice.
    I think we got hit by the storm last Sunday too! Except we were still in Knoxville so we only heard about it second hand.


    1. I hear you, its so nice to start that long run early! The storm was pretty crazy, it took a coupe days to get all the fallen branches/trees cleaned up in my area. I hope your Monday is off to a nice start Maureen!


  2. Glad you were spared damage from the storm, Dawn! There’s just too much going on with storms and earthquakes!

    I enjoy running pretty early in the morning as well, though not at 5am. That’s the time I wake up to make the lunch boxes, drive husband to work. I hit the pavement just after 7. Sun is just about peeking out so I have a little time before it gets too hot.


    1. Sounds like a you are all kinds of productive even before you run a single step! You’re amazing!! I hope your week is going well so far!


  3. I agree, when we were looking for a house we were not keen on getting a pool. It actually deterred me… a lot of maintenance and I’d worry kids/animals would fall in. Better to have friends with pools… I’ll bring the chips and dip in exchange 🙂


    1. So true! I could totally see a pool being a source of anxiety for kids/pets falling in. I am with you on bringing chips and dip to friend’s pools! 😀


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