Running in a Winter Wonderland

So – it is both cold & snowy. The Portland blogging running group (+Mr. Pi) did not meet this morning, due to uncertain roads – and I don’t know about the others, but I did go ahead & run.

I delayed a bit – the architect made omelets & coffee and we lounged a bit this morning. I’m currently reading Douglas Adam’s posthumous collection “The Salmon of Doubt” and felt like watching “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” while doing so.

Finally, at about 11, fully layered up, I walked outside. And then, I promptly walked back inside. “It’s really cold,” I informed the architect. He laughed at me.

I went back outside, waited around a bit for my Garmin to find the satellites, and then took off. I didn’t go my usual route, because I didn’t want to be dealing with wicked steep hills today, so I did my “run by all the parks in N. Portland” route. I had options for 5, 7.5, and something in between. I never did quite warm up, and although I quite enjoyed the first 3 miles, I knew that when I got to the turn to only do 5 miles, that’s what I was going to do. It was getting colder & there were starting to be slippery spots.

I did, however, get to run by Pier Park, which is one of my favorite parks, ever. When it’s a bit warmer, I’ll start running there again. There’s a series of trails that are about a mile or so, and it’s kinda nice to do laps in there – so many big, big trees. It’s beautiful.

Anyways – when I ran by Pier Park, I stopped to get some pictures:

They’re not the best photos, because a) I took them with my cell phone, b) I’m not the best photographer, and c) it was cold & I may have been shivering. I think they convey how pretty it is, though.

I hope everyone else is having a good Sunday & staying warm!

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