TITLE: A Good Morning AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 08, 2004 10:27 AM DESC: a great run raises the spirit and body ----- BODY: Many people express surprise that anyone can enjoy running, especially when it comes to long distances or fast paces. Every once in a while, though, I have a run that reminds me just why I get up every morning. Usually, it's a medium to long run on the trails, not too fast or slow, that raises the spirit. This morning, I had a speed workout that left me feeling just as good. Darkness. A crystal clear sky filled with stars. The temperature a bit chilly -- 48 degrees -- but perfect for keeping the body cool as it works. Fast repeats with short recoveries, with every lap feeling goodi, faster than usual. The sunrise lights the sky as I run, but it doesn't hide all of the stars. I finish in bright sunshine on a beautiful September day, a few degrees warmer, but still brisk. My legs feel spent but strong. I'm alive. -----