Yay! I got to run outside again yesterday. Spring is on its way, although I don’t think winter is quite done with Portland yet.

It was raining when I left the house, and had been all morning, so I was resigned to running at the gym. I planned on about 4 miles, maybe more if I could, which was going to be boring running on a treadmill. Ugh. But after I’d changed into running clothes, I looked outside and saw actual blue sky and sun. I decided to go outside and run my crazy figure-eight loop, where I cross over the Morrison Bridge twice, which, I think, is about 3.5 miles or so.

Luckily, because I originally planned on running on the treadmill, I didn’t take my watch, so I don’t have any idea how fast I ran. It felt good, though. Legs felt strong, my ankles and heel felt fine. Breathing… was normal. Ugh. I’d had a hard time getting some pseudephedrine earlier that day to clear out my sinuses, but I did get some. Hopefully it was just the humidity.

It was also tough going up and over the bridge twice. That’s a fairly steep ramp. I did make it about halfway round the entire loop before having to stop and walk, though. I’ll get back up to speed soon enough.

Once back to the gym, I stretched out and then went through my normal strength exercises. It, also, felt good.