Well, my 12 miler at the Massapequa Preserve was uneventful, except when the BIRD tried to land on my HEAD!!! I arrived at the park around 7:45am. The skies were overcast and the temperature was about 70. Things were looking good...or so I thought. Most of the bike path has painted mile markers which was nice because I forgot my watch at home (I run at a pretty consistent pace, so I can guesstimate my distance when I'm wearing my watch). The baseball and soccer fields are exactly at Mile 2. Oh, and so is the lunatic bird who tried to LAND ON MY HEAD. So I was just minding my own business. I was listening to my music and kind of heard some cawing (hmmm...?), but it almost sounded like it was part of the song. I really didn't think much of it until I felt CLAWS pulling at my ponytail on top of my HEAD! It happened very quickly. By the time I realized what was going on, the bird was gone. There were some bikers coming toward me, but they apparently missed the show. I tried to hide my look of horror and pretended like nothing happened (as if they cared). As you might recall, this is now my second close encounter with a bird. The first was a few years ago at a beach in Florida when a seagull stole a tuna fish sandwich out of my hands. I continued with my run north, the entire time wondering if this bird will be waiting for me on my way back. He wasn't.
Bird attack aside, this was a tough run. Again, I didn't really carb up yesterday. In fact, the only carb I had was one slice of toasted protein bread in the morning. That apparently wasn't enough. I felt pretty weak and tired from Mile 5 until the end. I'd like to blame it on the PTSD I suffered as a result of being mistaken for a nest, but I'm pretty sure I was just not well nourished. In the end, I finished my run in an 1:44 at an 8:40 pace.