Early this morning I dragged myself out of bed, crossed the river, and ran with a friend on the East side... And although I felt I needed two more hours of sleep when I got in my car, five minutes into the run, we were having delightful conversation, and the area had my full attention: it was truly beautiful.
Going somewhere new for my early morning run was (literally) a wake-up moment. Running in a new location is so refreshing! Also, it showed me how used to my area I have become with drinking fountains everywhere; I've stopped carrying water on runs that will take less than an hour... And forgot water this morning! Oops.
I am so grateful for the brilliant and beautiful running terrain available in Portland. I feel very lucky to live in such a lush, green region of the world with water so readily available. Thank you, Mr Simon Benson, for your many Bubblers around this gorgeous city. You make training for marathons much easier.
Until tomorrow, happy running! ~Alaina