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I don’t get a lot of sleep. Breaking my habit, I wake at 5:12 full of energy—and after many weeks of turbulence, finally with a plan. It’s still dark outside, the sun doesn’t rise until 7:30 or so, but I sneak out from the covers, pulling on my gym shorts and sneakers. I creak the door open, carefully trying not to wake Heidi.

And it’s very cool—just above freezing. Soon I will teach the kids the difference between 16°C and 61°F. I smile and start running. Sucking in the cold, fresh air into my lungs feels good; my heartbeat echoes into my eardrums, ...

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