I didn’t expect today’s run to go well. I’m tired. I’m in pain.I didn’t feel like doing it.
But, it was on the schedule, so out we went.
We got an earlyish start so the weather was still nice (meaning not too hot).
The park was fairly crowded, but fortunately we did encounter any rude runners or killer cyclists. We had four miles scheduled, but because neither of us was dying, we went a bit further when we got to our turn-around point, so ended up finish closer to five miles (4.86).
And then, on the way back, during our next-to-last run interval, we spotted them. Goldfinches!
Aren’t they adorable?
Goldfinches are the NJ State Bird. So you’d think seeing them would be a common occurrence, but no, I’ve spent my entire life in this state and never saw one until I was over twenty…and then it wasn’t in the state!
But here, at our magic park, we spotted three of them! (I’ve seen them at this park before, but these were the first of the year.)
Seeing them at the end of the run was like a little reward for getting out the door even when I didn’t feel like it.
What unexpected rewards have you encountered lately?