It was rainy earlier today but Mother Nature knew you needed some photos and that
my cheap ass I didn’t want to ruin my new phone in the rain so she was kind to me! As with all lunchtime runs, I got ready in our ladies washroom. Apparently I need a blogger-bathroom-photos 101 course cuz these photos were horrible the best I could get.
I hit the street for a dash to the lakefront path. On days like this I actually
don’t HATE enjoy working downtown and being able to run at lunch when I can’t pry Mr. Michael off of me just can’t get it done at home. The chore of getting to/from the lakefront is probably harder than the actual running. I spend a good deal of time weaving around the uncool non-runners pedestrians, waiting at traffic lights and then finally I hit the lakefront at Monroe Harbor after crossing Lake Shore Drive (LSD). The first glimpse of the lake and the sun attempting to peak out is refreshing.
I frequently head South toward McCormick Place because: 1) It’s a less traveled route, most runners and tourists head North toward Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach, North Beach, etc.; 2) The path is slightly off the water so if the weather is less than ideal, there is a bit of a shield between runner, water & elements; 3) McCormick Place has a bathroom right off the path; and, 4) Portions of the trail have a soft shoulder for
my plantar fasciitis the injury prone .
As I hit the Museum Campus, still in Monroe Harbor territory, I noticed two “ship wrecked” vessels. Remember last week when I planned to run the lakefront but ran Yankee Woods in the ‘burbs instead? Well, it was because portions of the lakefront path were closed due to 25+ foot waves. About a month ago when we had waves “almost” that high nobody
was smart enough realized they should stay away from the water and several runners/bikers got swept into the lake. This time officials closed the path to protect the stupid people and apparently it was a good move…..these sail boats were destroyed by the waves.
This is about a mile from McCormick, if I run to McCormick it’s a 6 mile trip, if I want 8, I go a little further. I took a lot of photos in the beginning and then put the phone away to make up some time. The last photo stop was actually on the return and I had to stop, climb up off the path and onto the lawn at the Shedd Aquarium to grab a crystal clear pic of the Chicago Skyline. Now that’s priceless!
8.01 miles – 1:14:19 – several street crossings to/from lake front, lots of photo stops and even stopped to take a photo of a group of tourists on their camera so everyone could get into the shot. GREAT day to get out and run!
Cheers, Amanda – TooTallFritz