I had to stay up late in the past few days, and I sacrificed my Monday run to get more sleep.
Today I'm on a business trip and chose sleep over exercise again in the morning.
I knew I would stay in the hotel next to the lake with the lovely trail around it, and the more I thought about running in the evening, the better the idea seemed.
I got to the hotel after 7 pm, changed into running clothes and off I went.
It was -2 oC / 28 oF, starry night, no wind at all - pleasant and mild compared to my Sunday run in -7oC and strong wind.
The trail was covered in packed snow and ice, so I put on my YakTrax - first time this winter.
There were only a few street lamps, but I could see the white snow-covered trail very well, and needed my flashlight only at the darkest places.
The starry sky and the frozen lake were beautiful. There was very little open water left, all the ducks gathered there and quacked quietly.
I ran 3 laps around the lake, a bit less than 3 miles, at 10,5 min/mile. I didn't want to push, I wanted to stay safe and I have a scheduled run tomorrow morning.
There was only one fellow runner on the trail, he wore a proper headlamp, unlike myself.
It was refreshing and totally cheered me up after the long working day.
A nice surprise, I always thought I would be too tired to run after work, and that darkness would be depressing. Maybe the beauty of the lake did the trick.
Anyway, this evening run was just as enjoyable as any of my morning runs.