Beautiful Day in Chicago!

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!

Sears Tower:

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Entrance tunnel (under Lake Shore Drive) to Grant Park by Museum Campus:

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Shedd Aquarium:

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Chicago Skyline looking North toward Navy Pier:

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Grant Park:

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Buckingham Fountain:

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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.  🙂

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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?

What is your next goal and/or focus?  Everyone needs a goal, please share yours with us in the event that something YOU are doing might inspire and/or intrigue someone else!

Happy Running **  Amanda – TooTallFritz **  amanda@tootallfritz.com **

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8 thoughts on “Beautiful Day in Chicago!

  1. I miss working downtown! (And living in the city.) I actually work near a pretty nice residential area, I should start attempting lunchtime runs. My office is small enough (and I have my own office) that I could get away with being a tad stinky as long as I don’t have an afternoon meeting.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful pictures! I like doing lunchtime runs but usually I get so distracted by other things in the office that it’s hard to get away. I need to block out my work calendar just for my running needs. =)

    My goal is to do speedwork at least once a week. I don’t particularly enjoy speedwork, but I do like seeing the resulting improvements!

  3. I love Chicago – so much to do and see there. My kids and I had a great time in 2008 when we went, but I’d like to go back to see the overlook thing at “Willis” Tower.

    • I’ve tried to go see the overlook several times but the weather has to be perfect with clear skies or apparently you can’t see much. Each time I go, I am told that visibility is poor and if I choose to go up, I will not get a refund if I am disappointed with the view…..so I don’t go up. 😦

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