Chicago, where oh where do I even begin? I'm back home buried in the South exactly where I belong. I think you should go home to Greenbow AlaBAMA! Every trip I've ever taken up north, I'm always struck by the major differences in culture. Mainly the massive difference in our Louisiana laissez faire attitude and the fast paced rhythm of the city. I love the hustle and bustle of the big city, and I love meeting new people while experiencing life in a brand new place. Kate and I took in as many sights as humanly possible during our short stay. We dealt with inclement weather as travel pros and both agreed we could have used just one more day to explore Chicago! A sure sign of a fantastic trip!
|At Navy Pier|
Navigating from the airport to the hotel was a breeze with waiting cabs outside the front doors, and within an hour of landing in the windy city I met up with Kate and vacation mode quickly set in. Saturday morning, I set out on my scheduled half marathon training run in a brand new place.
Running Chicago was a ton of fun and took the monotony out of the long run. The run itself was easily a trip highlight for me as I got to see a large amount of the city on foot before most people had even woken up for the day. I knew I wanted to make my way down to Lake Shore Path, but with my water bottle in hand I decided to wing it. I ran south down Michigan Avenue, past Millennium Park, under the L, down State Street, all the way down the famous Michigan Mile to Lake Shore path and back. I was mostly at the will of what Kate and I would lovingly refer to as the man (Cross walk light up who dictates pedestrian traffic) as I would follow the city block or cross the street when he allowed me to. Running Chicago was incredibly FUN and I moved faster there than I have at home all run season. I ran several miles in an 8 (fast fast for me) and had to continually tell myself to slow down! Occasionally, I'd see other runners around the city and follow them for a time. I think I moved so fast partly because my buns were freezing and partly because the humidity there is so very low! My pace slowed on Lake Shore path when running into the wind, but all in all this was a fantastic run! I'm pretty sure I ran roughly 15 miles as I had to guesstimate distance after my phone died (didn't charge over night). I'm positive this was a half marathon PR for me, but alas I have no record. Whatcha gonna do.
|Head band/ Ear Warmer is from Bondi Bands|
After the run, we quickly set out a pattern that would follow for our trip, and we never wasted a minute. I feel like I could really use one more day to recover from our big city shenanigans and lack of sleep in general. We hit the ground running full speed ahead and ended our trip sprinting through O'Hare to make our flight (hint our luggage didn't) Last minute lady says heyyyyy.
Tomorrow I'll recap some of the internet appropriate stories Hi Mom! about what we did, where stayed, and where we ate. Chicago equaled success and a lifetime worth of fun memories! We're still trying to figure out where they be keeping Oprah!