Running Under a Full Moon

During the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River with Continental Army on Christmas night to surprise and defeat the British Army camp. General Dwight D. Eisenhower strategically chose June 6 as D-Day to land Allied forces on the beach of Normandy during World War II. General Stonewall Jackson led his Corp of the Confederate Army to route the Union Army at the decisive Battle of Chancellorsville, continuing the melee well after dark. The Japanese narrowed the attack on Pearl Harbor to the optimal date of December 7.

What do these events have in common? They took place under the light of a full moon.

“The moon was shining very brightly, rendering all objects in our immediate vicinity distinct…The moon poured a flood of light upon the wide, open [road].” – Civil War soldier

An early morning run under a full moon is remarkably bright. The pale white light hangs in the air, back illuminating your surroundings. You can leave your headlamp at home on clear mornings under a full moon.

This morning, I did a track workout under a full moon. The white lane markings and numbers were aglow. With sufficient light, I ran fast and unencumbered. What I accomplished this morning was far from a momentous day in history. But it was another day to be grateful and present.

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