I have a little place that I go when I take my dog for an early morning run/walk.
It's very quiet, it's very beautiful and we both love it. I've always loved to hike, bike and run--just never all at the same time. I'm either on a hiking kick, a biking phase or a running stage. For a long time, I swore I'd never run again. I preferred the less jolting activities of hiking and biking. But my weight has given me fits lately. I need to do something. I can't cheat when I run.
I've started out walking for 5 minutes and running for 5 minutes for an hour. But this is the place my dog and I go. No one bothers us, no prying eyes here at 6:30 am. Just me, my dog, the road and an occasional lake bird. Yes, we have a beautiful backdrop!
Evee is a real motivator. She runs like the wind, and loves to chase birds in flight, ducks in the water (yes, she loves to swim) or, unfortunately bikers, cars and runners. Of course, she always comes back to see that I'm doing OK and she tries to get me going even faster by circling behind me, ever herding. That's why I need to have her out early in the morning before anyone comes out. I can't enjoy a walk where I have a dog tugging on a leash wanting to aggressively herd anything that comes by. But it's good for me as well to rise early. Getting up in the morning and exercising really kick starts my day!