this was my second day of running. the temperature approached 60 degrees with a slight overcast, near perfect running weather. the only danger was the sidewalks and roads were now dotted with icy puddles from all the melting snow.
i navigated the icy patches to avoid slipping while at the same time kept my eyes on the road to avoid getting splashed by oncoming cars. i did a little bit better today; i thought there'd be more pain but once i started running it was pretty effortless. i fixed my mp3 player so at least today i had some music. one of the hidden pleasures of running around the charles river is the occasional special bird sighting. i've seen red-tailed hawks, black-crowned night-herons, and cedar waxwings to name a few. today i came across a pair of hooded merganser, a male and female. at that moment i wished i could've magically teleported home and gotten my camera so i could take some photos.
i went to rite aid after my run to replenish my gum supply. when i got home i cracked open a few windows since it was so warm outside. the pain soon returned: aches in my shins, my thighs, and strangely enough, on my sides. that's probably due to all the jostling around when i'm running. no cramps though, fortunately.
my aunt dropped by briefly after work to deliver a birthday present: a springform pan and a gift certificate to market basket. now i can make that cheesecake i've been thinking about recently. for dinner i ate the last of the salmon steak which i'd earlier set out in the sink to defrost. coupled with a salad, i was kind of proud of how healthy i was eating. that's probably not going to last very long though. not with homemade cheesecake in the near future.