I will share my pathetic progress/return to running. I’ve ran quite a few 5K’s and two halfs, but I had to quit running on any sort of schedule about 3 years ago once my wife became very ill. She died a year and a half ago after a 4 year battle with breast cancer. The bird is a long story. One of my wife’s spiritual friends told her about how after her dad died at her wedding reception, a cardinal appeared nearby. She started seeing cardinals when she was feeling at her worst after her dad’s death and she began believing that the cardinals were actually spirit birds, or the soul of her deceased father. Several days after my wife died, my 7 year old son and I were out at my parent’s house and we saw a bird fall from the sky and hit a storage shed really hard. We ran to go see what it was and it was a cardinal that had knocked itself silly. It hung around for about 20 minutes, letting us hold it and my son petted it. He believes it was his mother’s soul. We still have two cardinals that hang around our backyard, one that he believes is his mother and the other being my wife’s niece who died two months after her at age 17. My son gets super excited whenever he sees the cardinals together. I’m not interested in debating the afterlife here at all, as I have no post-life knowledge, only the present. I’m just looking forward to getting it together and conquering my bad habits and replacing them with good ones. Tired of feeling terrible!