a little bird told me it was time to wake up at 4:30 am

 
there’s no place I’d rather live during the summer than the pacific northwest.  it doesn’t get too hot, and there’s a momentary break in the rain.  the mountains are out.
 
the downside is that the birds start singing in earnest at 4:30 am.  this is a problem when you sleep with the windows open.  you need to sleep with the windows open because it doesn’t make sense to spring for air conditioning here.  you’d only use it a few weeks out of the year.
 
the upside is that it stays light really late.  there’s time to fit in a run through the state park near our house after putting the kids to bed.  by then, the trails are pretty empty too – most of the equestrians have called it a night.  i’ve tried doing this run using a headlamp.  it’s kind of fun, but also kind of stupid.  there are lots of roots to trip on, and the trails are serpentine enough that one wrong turn means you might spend a couple of hours finding your way back out.  on the other hand, that can be part of the fun if you’re not in a hurry, and you have adequate water, fuel, and light.
 
on the subject of doing crazy things, i signed up for the top of utah marathon today.  as an aspiring 50-state marathoner (9 down, only 41 to go!) this looks like a nice one.  it’s small, well organized (according to the online marathon guide I use).  the course seems pretty, the race small, and it’s mostly downhill.  the only catch is the 5000′ of altitude.  given my adventures running at altitude at the pacific crest half marathon in sunriver oregon and the deadwood mickelson trail marathon in south dakota, this will be a significant challenge.
 
 still – i’m looking forward to it.  i’ve never seen utah outside of the slc airport.  and running a marathon is a great way to sightsee.
 
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