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March 30, 2009

Sunrise, Fort Ord

Midway through a long run last week, I found myself here:

This trail is part of the Fort Ord open space between Monterey and Salinas. As the sun crept over the distant hillside, I was about ten miles into my run, with another eight still to go.

Sometimes during these high-volume training weeks, I question whether it's really worth it to drag myself out of bed almost three hours before sunrise just to get some extra miles under my belt before clocking in with the rest of the working world. Other times - especially when the morning breaks like this one did - I wonder why I don't do it more often.


Truthfully, if it weren't for the specter of Western States looming over my training schedule, mornings like this would be very few and far between. Aside from everything else I gain from the sport of ultrarunning, it's these opportunities to bask in the natural beauty of this place I live that help make the whole journey worthwhile.

As luck would have it, I wasn't completely alone in Fort Ord on this particular morning - in fact, I had to share my beautiful sunrise with these guys:


The photo's a little dark, but I'm guessing you can still come up with a positive ID on the group. They're a well-known entity around Fort Ord - and I've actually got a whole separate story to tell about them, which will be the topic of my next post.

13 comments:

Curly Su 3/31/09, 5:58 AM  

Wow, what a gorgeous place to live. Looking forward to the next post.

stronger 3/31/09, 8:04 AM  

soooo pretty. Do you ever have any run-ins with the herding dogs?

Backofpack 3/31/09, 8:52 AM  

Beautiful Donald! Well worth getting up for.

jen 3/31/09, 10:37 AM  

Wow, gorgeous. I miss the green hills of spring. :)

E 3/31/09, 12:49 PM  

that view makes it all worth it! and wow- 18 miles. i'm in awe!

as for the PB, i'm not sure if they do a crunchy version. i think it's only creamy. :(

Dave 3/31/09, 3:01 PM  

Some preacher is upset he didn't run across this for the dozens of illustrations he could shoehorn into a sermon....great shot.

Rainmaker 3/31/09, 6:48 PM  

Just so I'm clear on this...you were hanging out in the dark with a herd of sheep? Hmmm....just sayin'...

Juls 3/31/09, 8:24 PM  

These photos are beautiful.

craig 3/31/09, 10:15 PM  

Ok. Your photos left me with a certain discontentment with my rendezvous with the asphalt tonight.

What a beautiful place to run. Thanks for recording part of the journey and for sharing.

Alisa 4/1/09, 2:20 PM  

Wow...beautiful! Were you on a trail or a road?

Sheep! I love sheep! We saw some baby ones on our run Saturday.

My Life & Running 4/1/09, 2:55 PM  

Magical! Thanks for sharing how blessed you are!

Mikey Jimenez,  8/5/11, 9:39 PM  

Hey just stumbled upon your blog reading about Vespa, saw this about Ft.Ord, do more than half my running out there...Have been up there on the Skyline trail many times...Matter of fact just got home from running out there, I live in Marina, run up to these BLM roads and trails, so many! Going out there tomorrow after work...Taking Euctaliptuce Rd. to Barloy Canyon Rd. to the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca is to catch some of the Spirit West Coast Music! So many great places to run out here! Thanks for showcasing them!

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