I usually do my long runs on Sunday. Since I’m not training for anything, I don’t have any set mileage that I “HAVE” to cover. I just pick what I want and go. Or really, go and pick what I want while I’m out.
This past Sunday, I had a goal of going 12 miles. But I was kind of grumpy about it when I first started. Everything was bothering me during mile 1. I was obsessing about what I was wearing. Did I under dress? Did I over dress (more likely)? How was I going to get 12 miles in? Why didn’t I bring any money for water?….blah, blah, blah.
At exactly the end of my first mile, I encountered a family of deer. Six of them. About ten feet from me, lined up in a row, and all facing me! Two were even wagging their tails.
Ah. That got me out of my whiny phase! Such a treat!! A woman drove by speeding along in her mini van, talking on her phone. I signaled to her to stop and look to her left. She did and rewarded me with a big smile. The deer made my day, and I’ll bet they made hers too.
This morning, I saw something else that was pretty awesome too. OK, I admit it…I didn’t go outside to run today. Somehow if it is under 40 degrees and still dark, I just can’t make myself get out of my nice cozy bed to run outside. I know, wimpy.
But I went to the gym in our neighborhood, and worked out on the elliptical, and stairmaster (argh!). When I was leaving, the sun still hadn’t risen. The sky was clear, the moon was bright, and I knew to look for this.
All the planets were lined up to the left of and below the moon. I’d been looking for it for several days, but today was the first time I saw it. Pretty awesome! And I got to share it with one of the trainers who happened to be in the parking lot. It’s always nice to share a cool sight with someone else. He liked it too. You can see this too. At least in North America through Feb. 20. Look to the east 45 minutes before sunrise.
I hope you get to see some awesome sights this weekend too, and I look forward to catching up with everyone’s blogs.