5:30 VS 8:00

Let me make this perfectly clear, the times in the title are a.m. not p.m. This is the time of day you will find me on the sidewalks of my subdivision.

I am not happy about the 5:30 time, but the temperature and humidity have risen too high to make my original start time (8:00) survivable. As I walked, I considered the pros and cons of the two start times.

Pros for 5:30

At 5:30 it should be cooler (although the humidity often makes it just as miserable). Just for the sake of argument, I will state it is cooler than the later time period. The light is more muted because it is before sunrise, but it is not dark. The sun does not blind me and make me squint as I look ahead. Occasionally, there might be some color to the sky in the east. More often than not, there is no spectacular sunrise.

The beauty is not just in the sky. When the conditions are just right I find ground fog in the field. A gauzy veil draped over the ground.

There is no social distancing to worry about. NO ONE else is out and about at that time of day.

Cons for 5:30

When I need to be on the move by 5:30, I cannot snuggle back into my bed, for another hour of drifting between asleep and awake. I must get up, get dressed, and get out the door. No time for caffeine to simulate my conscious being. Awake and moving are the order of the day.

At 5:30 there is a water hazard to contend with on my journey. Sprinklers on timers often run at that time of day. Usually I see them and can veer down a driveway into the street and use another driveway to get back on my route. However, there have been times I’ve been caught off guard. When I hear a sppp-sppptttt-ssppttttt I need to pick up the pace or be pelted with water. (Which might offer a little coolness.)

Pros for 8:00

There is no water hazard. The sprinklers are finished. The sun shines brightly revealing the sparkles not seen in the muted light. Dew is not the only thing to glimmer in the bright light. Slugs have been laboring across the concrete leaving their secret code behind. Those faint white lines glisten in the morning light. I must say that even though I admire the glistening lines, I loathe slugs.

Look to the left for the squiggle to start and go up.
Does X mark the spot?
Look at the top middle, the trail stops. Where did the slug go?

I have time to savor my coffee and allow the jolt of caffeine to take effect before beginning my walk.

Cons for 8:00

There are others walking, so we play the game of chicken (more commonly referred to as social distancing). Who’s going to step off the sidewalk onto the road?

That brilliant sun makes it HOT! Sweat rolls down my nose. Sweat slides down my forehead stinging my eyes. Sweat lingers at the roots of each hair follicle. I am MISERABLE! I am a dripping mess!

The conclusion of analyzing the pros and cons of the two times is to stick with the early time slot and just suck it up. When it gets cooler, you will find me still in bed at 6:00. I can’t wait for those days to return!

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9 thoughts on “5:30 VS 8:00

  1. I also walk at 5:30 or 6, depending on when the hubby has to wake up. I then take Evan on a wok wok wok wok wok as he calls it around 8 or 9.

    I had to laugh as I read your post, because yes, it’s the same here. Sprinkler systems (but no slugs) and playing chicken with others.

    Do you listen to anything when you walk? Have the same path?

  2. Joyce says:

    I so enjoyed your photos….the ground fog was lovely! I always figured special dances are held by the little wild critters…..to be held in the ground fog.
    You are wise to walk in the early morning…….especially during this wretched hot weather. I miss Spring! 😊

  3. I just love the way you share your thinking! I admire your fidelity to your morning walk. Though I really enjoy a good walk, this time of year I am all cons. Cons: I want to sleep. I don’t want to. It is too hot. So I reconcile myself to indoor exercise (mostly).

  4. Julie says:

    Your imagery is gorgeous, and I love the pictures. You make me want to take my phone on my walks! I used to walk in the early morning (through the ground fog; always a favorite) with my sister, but now I walk at twilight, when the day starts to cool down. Your writing makes me miss the morning.

  5. crushlevine says:

    I, too, have been adjusting the times I walk because of this heat, but I had not considered getting up that early. I love the visual nonfiction comparison, too!

  6. Terje says:

    Complicated choices. I know you make your own decisions. My thinking would be something like this: Walking in the heat is not healthy. If you get enough night sleep the wee hours of the morning are fine, but if to choose between sleep and walk, I choose sleep.

  7. I am so sorry! I remember walking early in Texas with my neighbor. We looked for shady streets and intentionally walked through the sprinklers. I wouldn’t trade my rain for the heat you have. I don’t miss the humidity either. Hang in there!

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