My legs were a little tired this morning after my faster than usual 10 miler yesterday and then playing soccoer last night, so I just took it nice and easy on the trails this today. I did 10 miles and then some core.
Each morning as I awake I kneel in prayer and speak with my Heavenly Father and tell Him about my life and my upcomming day and my worries and concerns and thank Him for all He has blessed me with and usually ask to be protected throughout the day. My prayer was answered this morning in a very real way. I was out on the trails on my 7th of my 10 mile run just coasting along at a nice easy pace. I was on a little section of narrow single track trail that I often cover a few times per week for the last few years and I saw a mountain bike rider coming toward me. I thought to myself, that's weird, I don't think I've ever seen a biker or really anyone ever on this little section of trail before. As he approached I got off the trail for about 5 feet so he could pass and then got right back on. In the few seconds I was off the trail while we were passing each other, I heard him yell and I turned around and he was veering off the trail with his feet up. I stopped to look back and there was a rattle snake in a little divit right in the middle of the trail all coiled up but perfectlly camoflauged and very hard to see. In a 10 mile run, what are the odds that I go off the trail for 5 feet because a biker is coming in an area I've never seen a biker and it is those few feet where a rattle snake was coiled up ...and that darn snake never rattled, not even when we both went back and looked at it. It finally just slithered away. As I ran away I said a prayer right then and there thanking my Heavenly Father for His love and protection. I believe I was divinely protected this morning and I am greatly humbled to know that God knows me and loves me as he does everyone.