I love the option of hitting the lakefront path for a good run at “lunch” when I can
cut the ties to my desk get out. I normally don’t leave for lunch so this is quite a treat when I make it happen. I must say, there are many days that I just carry my clothes back and forth to work because I can’t MAKE IT HAPPEN so today is an awesome day! Quick obligatory “blogger bathroom photo”.
Then I literally hit the street running
before my boss saw me leave so I didn’t change my mind. The worst part of running in the city is getting the gps to find a signal having the patience to weave thru the pedestrians, and wait out red lights/street crossings, while heading to the lakefront. Upon arriving at the lakefront, its smooth sailing. Allow a brief shout out to the Chicago Parks Department for their fastidious upkeep of the Lakefront Path. Once I hit the Lakefront path today, I was met by these babies:
The Chicago geese are probably the most aggressive visitors you will encounter on the lakefront path; however, I have never actually seen them chase anyone. I just have horrible flashbacks of the Bixler Lake geese, which chased us during the summers of EN CC practice so the sight of any geese while running makes me
scream and run like a little girl tense with anxiety.
If you have extra $$ and a big
ass boat, you might have spent some Chicago summers here at the Columbia Yacht Club.
Great view of Navy Pier:
Ohio Street Beach….wow, Lake Michigan is angry. Is the snow finally coming?
In the summer you will see Chicago Lifeguards watching this strip between Ohio Street Beach and Oak Street Beach. You will also see swim lanes for open water swimmers and triathletes who are grabbing a lunchtime swim in the lake or trying out a rented wetsuit.
Running north along the lakefront can be cold and windy as there is no protection from the wind and elements. On a bad day, I would say run south toward McCormick or try the Riverwalk Path. However, today was perfect at 33 degrees with a nice wind coming off the lake. Ear band and gloves required but I was dressed for it so really enjoyed being out there! As always, when I rounded the curve to Oak Street Beach I got a blast of wind and the waves were really splashing and leaving
shit debris pretty far up on the trail.
Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Chicago has a temporary outdoor, limited fare cafe with
alcohol drinks here at Oak Street Beach. It’s nice to sit on the beach and have a pricey lunch with cocktails. If you are shopping the Magnificent Mile, you can walk right across Michigan Avenue, after shopping Prada on Oak Street, and hit the beach for some R&R. In this photo you can see the winter remnants of the outdoor cafe. It’s a much different site “in season” and I encourage you to come and check it out when it gets warm!
It’s just close enough to North Beach to make you want to run an extra mile or two
or 10 .
But alas, I need to run back to work, so flipped and headed back toward the city.
Another great run in the CHI. It was slow, 1:02 for 6.13 miles but that included
28 multiple photo stops, and major road crossings getting to and from the lake front path and some lollygagging.
Dress appropriately and get out there for a run! You will be happy once you get
your ass out the door.
Happy Running, Amanda – TooTallFritz