ORN: 4 miles, R6/W1
How cool was that??
Last night on the local news, I heard there was a visible lunar eclipse set for this morning. Even better, it was to peak at the time I usually run.
So, it was very cool to go out the door, look up and see a partially covered full moon. At the start of my run, there was a sliver of moon still visible but by my one mile mark, it was gone and the moon was completely covered.
As I ran, my mind worked back through my high school physics classes, trying to remember the difference between "umbra" and "penumbra," the two types of shadows in an eclipse. I marveled at gravitational pull. Here are three massive bodies, hurtling through space at amazing speeds, yet in perfect choreography with one another, orbiting stably and predictably. And the gravitational pull extends to this plodding runner who needs motion control shoes just to counteract the gravitational pull that overpronates his left foot on every clunky step.
For an amazing but brief 15 minutes, the planets aligned, the sky was clear, I was outside and could attempt to absorb it all. Then, as quietly as it began, the moon slid behind some hazy clouds on the western horizon and it was gone. Merely a memory.
One of the joys of early morning running in an amazing world.