‘Who’s up for an early morning run to watch the sunrise?‘
3 pints in, I was sat in a pub in the Peak District with 40 people I’d met earlier that day as part of a UK Salomon Ambassador get-together. The night before, I’d stayed in a hotel in Manchester and hadn’t slept at all. A busy week in work and travel meant I was worn out.
Naturally, I replied:
‘Sounds great Jana, count me in!‘
For whom the alarm bell tolls
Bzzzzzz bzzzzzz bzzzzzz bzzzzzz
Five fifty five am. Pitch black. A room with 7 people I didn’t know in a youth hostel in the middle of nowhere: standard Sunday morning. I hadn’t slept a wink. Again.
I was in the Peak District and about to go trail running. How often do I get a chance like this? In the dark, I tripped, fumbled and battled to get my running gear on.
In the lobby, a small group stood huddled, debating the merits of head-torches and what layers to wear. I hadn’t brought a head-torch but was definitely over-dressed for the occasion – it’s the Italian in me.
Outside, there was light to the east, and someone pointed to the peak we were heading to. Fiddling with my laces, the group set off.
The idea was a short, sharp blast up a hill to catch the sunrise. Distance wouldn’t be an issue – a 3 mile round trip – but a steep climb up a jagged hill at 6 in the morning is one hell of a jolt to body and mind.
Huffing and puffing, we made it to the top.
Catch the sun
At the top of any peak, it’s tempting to reach for the phone. But I took 5 to take it in. After all, we’d struck gold. It was a beautiful, morning: cold, clear and still.
When I did reach for the phone, I knew my pictures wouldn’t do the place or moment any justice. Take the pic below: pretty ordinary. But stood there, it felt anything but.
But hey, here I am looking at the sunrise. A split second snapshot of 30 minutes atop a hill in the Peak District.
We chatted, laughed and suddenly got very cold. Time to head back for breakfast.
There’s never a time I don’t feel better for running. This was no exception.
The day before, we’d been in a showroom learning about Salomon’s products. It was great, but outdoorsy types don’t cope so well cooped up in a room for 8 hours.
Outside, at stupid o’clock, we relaxed and chatted like excited children on a school trip.
So kudos to Jana for suggesting #salokids as our Salomon Ambassador group hashtag. Perfect.