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It's Our Turn: When your only option is the midnight run

As some of you are aware, I am the new sports reporter here at the Echo Press. I have been working at the newspaper and living in Alexandria since the middle of July.

So far it has been great. I have had the opportunity to meet many nice people and have enjoyed the scenic area lakes.

I have also survived my first Resorters Golf Tournament. I worked roughly 60 hours last week with some of my fellow Echo Press employees to put out the daily Resorters Golf Tournament publication that recaps the results throughout the tournament.

Working overtime and trying to maintain my physical fitness was difficult over the week, and twice I needed to embark on the dreaded midnight run.

If you have not experienced it, the midnight run is a unique occurrence for those of us who, for some reason, have procrastinated on working out until the sun has completely left they sky. This happens most often in the winter when days are much shorter.

Although my safety has never been threatened while exercising outside past the average person's bedtime, sometimes spooky occurrences make you second guess your decision.

Often, passengers of vehicles scream at you as they travel on our local roads. Usually the only word I can make out from the garbled attempts at communication is "run!"

I try not to make eye contact with intoxicated parties as they wander the streets. Avoidance is impossible at times as they spread out across the entire sidewalk to make their presence known.

One of the more bizarre experiences is dodging bats as they dart around downtown buildings. These bats will sometimes swoop within feet of your head as they search for insects. I can only hope I will never experience a direct hit from one of these "mice with wings."

I can only imagine how crazy people think I am as I run past their houses at 11 p.m.

But there are a few benefits of running at night. During the summer, when hot and sticky days are the norm, a nighttime run is sometimes much more pleasant. While running at night does not actually make you faster, you feel pretty quick when there is a reduced visibility to distant objects.

But I still prefer running in the light. I enjoy seeing the ground I step on and I am not a fan of being startled by a barking dog that pops out of the shadows to say hello.

But as long as I have a busy schedule and an uneven work week, I will have to participate in the occasional late-night run.

Oh well, there are worse things in life than working out at night. As long as I get my workout in, I can rest assured knowing that I have completed my training for the day.

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"It's Our Turn" is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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