My new training plan called for an 8 mile run this morning. I went straight to the reservoir after work. There was a nip in the air, but the sun was just starting to peak through the clouds. I set out on the trail and I knew from the get go that I was going to have a good run. And then I was greeted with this view.
I wish I could have captured the ducks that were peacefully gliding by on the misty morning water. There are also some beautiful birds that I’ve spotted around this area. I often see people out walking the trails with binoculars for bird watching.
It didn’t get much warmer but the air was calm. My breathing was steady. I pushed myself to go faster up the rolling hills while I coasted on the down hill. I allowed the beat of the music to determine my pace. I have an affinity for fast techno/dance music while running because it really pumps me up and makes me move faster.
I am not quite sure when I morphed from the girl who “can’t” run to the girl who runs 8 miles on a random Saturday morning and likes it! I never once felt daunted by the number of miles. I enjoyed the time to myself. It was a nice way to unwind after working all night. It’s great getting my run or workout done as early as possible so that I can enjoy the day.
The rest of the day was super busy. Carlos had art class. We had a play date planned afterwards for the Carousel. While at the carousel my friend and I stumbled on a flyer for a Birds of Prey exhibit taking place in the neighboring visitor’s center so we walked over after a few rides on the carousel, lunch, and popcorn. The Birds of Prey exhibit was a pleasant surprise. We received a brief education on local birds of prey and then the man doing the presentation brought out a great horned owl, a falcon, a golden eagle, a kestrel and a baby owl. The kids were able to pet the birds and loved it. I found it very interesting.
Time for bed and then back to work. It may seem odd that I work nights, but I love being able to spend the majority of my day with Carlos. It is almost 4pm and he will be in bed before 7pm so I only miss a few hours of his day. Before I leave for work I tuck him in and give him hugs and kisses.