Today was supposed to be a 16-miler day. BUT, since my running buddy is out of town, we are going to do our 16 miles on Monday. I know I could do the 16 miles on my own, well, at least I think I can. I just didn’t want to.
My plan for next week was Monday - 5 miles, Tuesday – rest/x train, Wednesday – 8 miles, Thursday – 5 miles, Friday – rest/x train, Saturday – 18 miles, Sunday – rest/x –train.
Since I completely suck at following plans, (I am sorry Jen and Terry!) I opted to swap out the midweek 8 miler with today’s 16 miler and then push back next Saturday’s 18 miler to Sunday.
So, now my plan looks like this…Monday – 16 miles, Tuesday – rest/x-train, Wednesday 5 –miles, Thursday – 5 miles or x-train, Friday – 5 miles or x-train, Saturday – rest/ eat, and Sunday – 18 miles.
What was I thinking when I signed up for a FULL marathon? Jeez. Is this the point when I’m supposed to start getting nervous, because I sure am! Ward asked me today if I was going to be completely unbearable the week before the marathon and I said “yes, of course”. I am getting super nervous about the 16 miles coming up on Monday, too. I’ve only done two 14 milers before, so 16 will be embarking on new territory. I know I have it in me. At least I think I do!
Anyway, as I said before, I did 8 miles today. I went out at 10:30 so it was already quite warm and I didn’t want to overdo it knowing I have to double this distance in just 2 days, so I set my mind at a 9 minute pace. I headed down to the rail trail and focused on an easy run. There were tons of bikers down there and only a few runners. About 3 miles into the run, there was a man on his bike sitting in the middle of the trail. As I approached him I was feeling a bit nervous because this is a secluded part of the trail. He kept looking up in the tree about 15 feet above him. When I looked up, I saw the biggest bald eagle ever. Well, it looked like the biggest one because it was definitely the closest I have ever been to one. That eagle just sat there looking down at us- appearing to not care at all. I’ve seen an eagle around that spot before – but closer to the water and on the other side of the train tracks. It was amazing. I stood there for a moment, said something about “today would have been a great day to have my camera” and the man agreed. Then I took off running again. I little bit further down the trail, I saw this huge shadow of a bird going over me and when I looked up, it was the eagle again. What a spectacular site!