Thank you all for being so understanding on my mini hiatus from blogging this weekend. It killed me to not be able to talk about how excited I was for WEEKS leading up to it, but I couldn’t ruin the big surprise so I’m actually proud I kept my little mouth shut!
There is SO much I want to share with you all, but I figured since I kind of try and call this a healthy living blog, that I’d start with the healthy aspect of my weekend away: Running.
You all know me. I have a tendency SOMETIMES to be a fair weather runner. It’s something I am constantly working on, but my weather sensitive little body makes it tough.
Well this weekend I toughed through it. Twice. In rain and tornado threatening weather. Yup. I sure did.
Saturday Morning’s Run
Some of you probably know I lived in Chicago off-and-on for 8 years. From 18 to 26. As you could probably guess, there were some HUGE life events that happened during that time.
- I moved on my own for the first time
- I graduated college
- I moved BACK home for grad school
- I met the love of my life
- I moved in with the love of my life
- I got engaged with the love of my life
Just to name a few. Zach and I have such amazing memories in this city, and I know that a piece of my heart will always remain there.
Well — Saturday morning on my solo run, I decided I needed to take my run down memory lane. And that’s exactly what I did.
I started out my run heading straight to Zach and I’s old home. A very cute, refinished apartment in Wicker Park that was perfect for our first home together.
Once I ran past our old home, I turned past the old high school I worked at (Roberto Clemente High School), and ran down Division to check out our old stomping grounds.
It was SO great to see that most of our favorite spots were still up and doing well.
- Laticia’s Bakery, where we used to get our Saturday morning coffee and muffins
- Division Street Pub, where we went OFTEN after work, and after we got engaged 🙂
- Jerry’s Sandwiches, our favorite sammie stop and where we got dinner the night before my first half 🙂
- Violet Hour on Damen, where we celebrated our engagement
- Big Star on Damen, hello tacos
- And of course small bars, Milk and Honey cafe, Alliance Bakery…all of our favorites.
It meant so much to me to be running in the old neighborhood, to see all these old favorites and retrace the steps that I took SO many times training for my first half.
I’m also glad I spent this run solo. Talk about making a run fly by. I was so stuck reliving so many amazing memories that I had no idea I had finished well over 4 miles in under 9 minute pace.
Thank you altitude boost!
Sunday’s run was a bit of a different story.
The boys wanted to get a little sweat on after an indulgent weekend, and of course I’m never one to turn down a run…so we headed out, per my request, to one of my favorite runner friendly areas in our old neighborhood.
I was a little anxious about this run, knowing that I was running with some speedy boys and this was my 6th day in a row of running…but I actually found myself surprisingly comfortable most of the run.
The park is full of beautiful bodies of water, old buildings, and tons of runner friendly terrain. 3.75-4 miles FLEW by…but that could have been because I was literally flying (for me) with these boys. We guessed that our pace was about 830…and with HUGE wind gusts and tornado threatening weather, I’d say that’s pretty darn good.
This was a very humbling (pun intended) run for me. I started it SUPER anxious that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the boys…but I actually ended up kicking it into gear and speeding up for the last 1/4-1/3 mile and knocked out some SPEEDY negative splits. It got me thinking that maybe I should push my speed a little more while I’m not working on distance and see what I can do.
Two very different, very enjoyable runs that reminded me of why I love this city, and why I never travel without my running shoes. Never.
Question of the Afternoon: Where’s your favorite place that you have EVER run?