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Chicago Runner

by Meghann on September 16, 2012

Good morning, Chicago!

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Man, I could not wait to run here! Chicago has an amazing running path along Lake Michigan that I’ve had the pleasure of running (and falling in love with) in the past. When I discovered I was coming to Chicago, that running path – and my planned 10 mile run – was one of the first things that popped in my mind. I’ve been itching all weekend to lace up my running shoes and just run.

I was planning to set my alarm super early to knock out all 10 miles with the sunrise, but on the walk back to the hotel in the cool air last night, I realized I didn’t have to. There was no danger of temps rising above 80 degrees before 7:00am, so there was no need to fit my run in before then. Sweet. Instead I set my alarm for 7:00 and enjoyed an extra of hour of sleep.

I had a granola bar before my run and hit the road. However, I didn’t get very far. 1/2 a mile in I ran into the lovely Gina, who was manning a water stop for the CARA 20 mile run with her Lululemon girls.

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Gina and I go way back, but even though we’ve run a few of the same races together, this was our first time meeting in person. It was just a quick “Hello!” but so fun to meet her! Gina is my running idol. She eats, lives, and breathes running and her passion for the sport is so inspiring. If you don’t follow her yet, I highly suggest checking her blog out.

*side note* love her neon yellow Lulu shorts! I suddenly want a pair of my own. ;)

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The rest of my run was fairly quiet and relatively easy (it always amazes me how easier it is to run in climates that aren’t 95% humidity!). I just sort of let my legs do their thing and they carried me at a lovely 9:00 min/mi pace. This run was leaps and bounds better than my 8 miles a couple of weeks ago, which just goes to show you that no two runs are ever the same.

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Once agan, the Lake Michigan path did not fail to impress me. There was a ton of shade and plenty of water stops along the way. Whenever I felt thirsty, I swear one would just magically appear.

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So happy I was able to fit my long run in while in Chicago. Running while traveling is the best!

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After my run I stopped at Jamba Juice and grabbed a Caribbean Passion smoothie to hold me over until brunch.

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Yum!

Now I’m off to explore the city with Adena.

Have a great Sunday!

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1 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

sounds like such a great run!! reading your posts is making me want to go back and visit chicago!
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2 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

So fun! My long run today was 4 miles and I was definitely delaying my run so I was glad the temps didn’t pick up until the END of my run. Running here (chicago) in the summer is definitely more challenging but I’m loving falls cooler weather and less humidity!
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3 Amy B September 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I am so jealous! I love visiting Chicago! And Jamba Juice is perfect after a long run!

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4 Kayla September 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I have always wanted to run along that waterfront path in Chicago. I need to find an excuse to go there so that I can do it!
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5 Courtney September 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I love the lakefront path! Have lots of fun exploring :)
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6 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I’m surprised your run was quiet! You must have missed the runners in the 20 miler, I was running it! Haha I felt like I ran all the way to Indiana!
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7 Meghann September 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

I did see the 20 miler group! I saw them the second half of my run, but still thought everyone was quiet and in “the zone” Plus, they were going to opposite direction, so I didn’t have any issues with overcrowding on my side of the path. :) Congrats on the 20 miles!

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8 Kari September 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Looks gorgeous! Running really changes the way you see a city. I really liked what you said about the run being one of the first things you thought of – shows it’s in your heart!
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9 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I love cities that cater to healthy active living — they’re making lives better!
Sounds like you’re living it up in Chicago! And Chicago sounds like an amazing place to visit!! I’d really like to go sometime! :)
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10 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions September 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Glad you got the chance to run along the lake! I seriously admire you and all your fellow Floridians who put up with weather like we had this summer all the time. I can’t imagine always running in that kind of heat and humidity!
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11 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

love the lakefront path! i live about 25 minutes from the city and it’s such a treat when i get to run down there. hope you had a great day exploring!
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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

LOVE the trail along the lake – its the best!
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13 Gina September 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Um HI you are the best! Loved our hugs today and getting to see you. Hope you enjoyed my city and I am already looking forward to the next time our paths cross! xoxo
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