I finally got out for a run today. I had to double check my records, but was able to confirm that I had not run outside since December 7, 2012. Worse still I only had 5 treadmill runs during the interim. The unfortunate circumstances were a couple of significant gout flare ups, traveling and some relatively cold weather. For me cold weather is an excuse not to train outdoors.
Today felt great. It was so nice to get outside and enjoy the 50 degree temperatures, sunshine and light breeze. I overdressed a bit, but given today’s modern fabrics overdressing is a non-issue. My average pace was crawling along at 11:22/mile. While this is a far cry from my race goals, it was nice to get out for my regular lunch time loop.