This week has been a bit of a scramble but I did manage a swim on Monday (70 laps = 1750 yards = .99 miles = 40:04 minutes) when Aby’s track meet was canceled due to rain. Yesterday I squeezed in a lunchtime shake out run. My legs were still heavy from Sunday’s race so I needed something slow and relaxed. When I run at lunch, I always hit Chicago’s lakefront and it was a perfect day yesterday for lollygagging and photo taking! I ran out on the lakefront, then came back thru Grant Park to get a view of the fountain!
Entrance tunnel (under Lake Shore Drive) to Grant Park by Museum Campus:
Chicago Skyline looking North toward Navy Pier:
All in all, I ran 4.5 miles at a very leisurely pace. The City is so alive, there are lots of people milling around doing the tourist thing and I love seeing them and seeing the sights myself in the brightness of spring. It’s the days that I can get out and run at lunch that really help me appreciate the beauty of Chicago.
People frequently ask what I do when I get back to work and am hot & sweaty. I wash up in the bathroom! If I actually go to the gym, to run on the treadmill, I can shower there. However, I normally run outside so I just wash up and use the Yes to Cucumber Wipes. Then I tell people to stay away from me. 🙂
Over the next 3 weeks, I will be focusing on increasing my run miles. A couple days a week I will be running more than once (2x and eventually 3x per day). My first multi run day will be this Saturday with a hilly 13 miler in the morning and a 5K Fun Run in the afternoon. I will continue to build the bike miles. I will also be focusing on getting out as much as possible on mid-day lunch runs to acclimate to the heat pre-Ragnar. The heat is the one thing we can not control and we will be running all hours of the day & night, particularly since there are only 6 of us running the 200 miles. Stay tuned for lots of fun training in the weeks ahead! Oh, and send me a truck load of ice for ice baths, okay?
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Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** firstname.lastname@example.org **