Flowers in February

It's amazing how Mother Nature gets so easily confused with a couple of warm days. A few years ago, I wrote about seeing dandelions in February. Today it's the Forsythias that are already starting to bloom after a record high yesterday of 75. I'm not complaining too much though -- it's been a cold, but very dry winter around here. I'm looking forward to the spring and running without layers. But still, it's a little too early for this:

Forsythias, February, record warmth

As far as running goes, I ran a little more than a mile last night in shorts and short sleeves -- probably the first time I've been in short sleeves since the marathon. Then I got up and ran 3.4 miles this morning, my first decent distance run since before the stomach virus hit. My lungs and legs felt pretty bad, but I'm glad I could get back out there.