I forgot to mention Friday that when I took my shoe off, I looked inside at the heel and could see straight through them! Will they last another 15 miles? We'll see.
Last night I had two bouts with sleep paralysis. The first time I tried to wake myself out of it as best I could. I tried slinging my arm over the side of the bed. But who knows what I'm really doing when this happens. I finally managed to get my arm close enough to my night stand that I could knock on it with the back of my fingers in the hopes that my brother would hear me and wake me out of the sleep that I could not escape. The plan worked. Kind of. My wife shook me awake. I realized that I haven't shared a bed with my brother in 30 years. I'm telling you, it's weird when you're dreaming something, but you think it's reality. About an hour later I rolled over. This time, the mere thought of sleep paralysis put me back in it. Luckily my arm was close enough to my wife that I was able to nudge her so that she could wake me again. It was almost 4am now, so I just stayed awake and got ready for a run.
Normally I try and have a bowel movement before I run. But we're down to one bathroom in the house still and I heard someone upstairs in the one remaining bathroom, so I decided to hold it in and go later. As soon as I stepped outside I saw a white cat running down the sidewalk. It went and stopped under a car. I stretched out and then heard noises in the leaves by our front yard orange trees. I went to take a look and I saw a different cat jump up on the fence. At least, I'm pretty sure it was a cat. It was dark out. I definitely saw a dark tail. Anyway, I went over to the wall just to make sure it wasn't a coyote. I shined my light, but I wasn't sure if it jumped in my yard or the neighbors yard. Hopefully my neighbors didn't see me shining a light in their yard.
When I got to Adobe I could see a light coming my way. I knew it was a cyclist. I said good morning as the passed by but got no response. I also saw a runner coming my way on the south side of Adobe. I couldn't tell if it was a man or woman. I started my first loop. It was so dark this morning. Some of the lights were blinding me again where it was hard to see the trail. I got to the west side of the Floodway heading south towards Adobe. I could see tail lights ahead. I figure it must be an RWCD truck checking Canal levels. Then the lights got dim. At the same time, some white lights started to get bright right next to them. It took me a second, but I realized the vehicle must've done a 360. Now I had headlights shining at me, but I was still far away. After a while the lights suddenly turned off. I started imagining that the RWCD truck had driven into the Canal, and that I would have to make a dramatic rescue of the zanjero. That actually happened to Mosiah once. Luckily someone saw it happen and helped him get out.
Once I got to Adobe I saw a black car parked next to the fence. So my dreams of being a hero were dashed. It wasn't long before I saw a shadowy figure ahead. It was a man walking two dogs. He held them close as I went by. When one of the dogs barked at me, I said, "Good morning!" The man said good morning back. When I got to University, I could tell the sky was getting a little blue instead of black. I ran to Adobe and it was even bluer. It won't be long before I won't be able to beat the sun anymore.