Sunday evening Hannah suddenly sat down next to me at my computer and asked me if I wanted to go for a run in the morning at 6 AM. I had already done a 9K that day with a timed 5K but I remembered the proactive lessons from Stephan Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People book, and without thinking, said, "Yes, I'd love to," to which Hannah said, "Geil!"
So I wore my running clothes to bed and set my alarm for 5:55, at which point I got up, put on my running shoes, jacket and do-rag, and found Hannah at the door ready to run. Within another minute, we were taking off out of the door into the cold, light rain and running through the dark towards the Teltow Canal.
By the time we got to Birkbuschstr. we realized the continued path was black as night, so I switched on my smart phone flashlight, illuminating a spotlight in front of us to warn us of the worst of things we could step on or in like puddles, rocks or branches, and we continued on at a good pace. Soon we were running past Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin where in a moment of nostalgia, I glanced up to see the room where exactly 18 years ago, Gisi and Karla were sleeping a day after Karla was born. But elements soon brought me back into the now, and onward Hannah and I ran into the night.
We ran up the stairs past Krahmerstraße and made the loop at Bäkestr at the 2.5 kilometer point and made our way back the same way. We got back at 6:40 when it was just beginning to get light enough to see without artificial light. As we finished, Hannah said, "Ich kann mir vorstellen, das ein mal der Woche zu machen."
Less than an hour later, Hannah and I were off to school and work with a nice training already completed for the day.