My entire city was alive today. Portland, Oregon was awake like I've never seen it before on a December Sunday. The last Sunday in 2012. MY Last run in 2012. And my first 20 miler of this training season. Couldn't have dreamed up a better kind of day to wrap up a year, finish up a 63 mile week of marathon training, and get in my first 20 miler.
Blue Skies... 8:41
Blazing Sunshine... 8:25
Not a Cloud to be seen... 8:24
Happy Bridges... 8:23
Dogs on Leashes... 8:29
Slow conversations ... 8:11
Smiles exchanged between people in the park.. 8:13
Lovers holding hands and stealing kisses while gazing at sailboats and mountains over water... 8:22
Old couples hand in hand... 8:28
Boats waving... 8:12
Buildings being seen instead of washed away in grey and rain... 8:23
Little kids on bikes... 8:21
A chorus of "On your Lefts" as cyclists zipped through lazy pedestrians with their face to the sky.. 8:15
Water bubbling under bridges... 8:21
Benches covered with friends... 8:28
Women sitting at picnic benches reading their phones and looking off into the distance... 8:19
A party of geese covering lawns and barely willing to share their path with people ... 8:26
A city alive with the gift of sunshine, so rare on a day like today...8:19
Every mile, easy and fully present...8:17
Thoughts focused on what a GIFT today is! 7:57
20 miles.. 8:21 average
What a perfectly happy and enjoyable run to wrap up this interesting stretch of a year! Here's to carrying this over with me to 2013!
What has or will be your last run of 2012?
If you live in Portland, did you get outside today to enjoy this gift of a day?
A Happy New Year wish in advance my friends!