I found another dead baby bird in my large planter in the front yard, this evening. Unlike the first one that had clear signs of rigamortis in the neck and the rest of its body, this one didn’t – which made me think that it either fell out of its nest or died of starvation or hypothermia. I left my house for the gym around 10pm and it was probably a good 45 degrees outside, so had the little bird survived the fall, it wouldn’t have survived the cold for very long. It’s quite unfortunate, as had I found it earlier enough, I probably would have just dropped it off at the animal hospital or something. Oh well, these things happen and there’s not much that can be done about it, so I buried this chick in the garden. I couldn’t recall exactly where I buried the first one, so I just buried this one on the opposite side – in order to avoid accidentally digging up the other one.
In other news, I was going to save this for another post, but I might as well talk about it now, right? I even had a snazzy title picked out for it too, entitled: “May-rathon”. When I found the dead chick I was actually on my way out to head to the gym to unofficially-officially begin my marathon training. I’m certain that I can probably train myself to run a full marathon by the end of this year, but I think that running one next year would be even more meaningful as that’s when I’ll be graduating from PSU. Since I’m just “starting back up”, I kept it fairly simple and ran a mile at an easy 6.7 mph pace. It was almost too easy that I almost wanted to add a speed-interval routine for an additional mile, but I didn’t. I want to ensure that I don’t over-do myself as I prepare to increase my mileage, slowly and gradually (this time around). Since I have no reason to rush myself to be able to run 26.2 miles, I feel that I’ll be least-likely to injure myself if I take it a little more gradually. To be honest, however, I can’t wait until I can get myself back up to my typical 10 mile runs. Those were always so therapeutic in a way.
Anyway, that’s all I have to announce so far. My official training day begins in T-minus 20 minutes.