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Friday, April 2, 2010



Well, I've been saying all week that my runs were supposed to be done at an "easy" pace. Today's run was firmly in that speed range but I wouldn't necessarily call it easy.

Summer came a bit early to Chicago and brought what were probably record breaking temperatures for the first of April. While sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s makes me want to jump for joy normally, I rather dread it when it comes to running. And, since my body hasn't had time to acclimate to it, you can see how today's run would be killer.

The boys took off and the one other gal and I struggled to keep them in our sight's as we set off on our 4+ mile run. She and I were huffing and puffing and not conversing very much except to occasionally comment about how freaking hard the run was feeling for us. We finally caught up to the guys at the turn around point and THANKFULLY the water fountain was on.

However, I have to say the highlight of the run was this:

Image from Wikimedia Commons

Free Italian Ice samples!! Of course, ours weren't that large. But, man, stopping by the Italian Ice cart for a taste of lemon flavored Italian Ice was so refreshing before continuing on the rest of our death march run. I almost wanted to shout "I LOVE CHICAGO".

Speaking of summer in Chicago, today really brought out all the tourists and bicyclists. I think I almost got run over or ran someone else over about 100 times while we were out there. Ahhh, gotta love the lake front path.


Route:--Elev. Avg:592 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:-4 ft
Date:04/01/10Up/Downhill: [+150/-154]
Time:12:16 PMDifficulty:2.5 / 5.0
Weather:Partly Cloudy
 78 F temp; 37% humidity
 78 F heat index; winds S 18 G 24

Distance: 4.70 miles
Speed:6.2 mph
Pace:9' 43 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 26-0' 176.4+0.2+3 ft
29' 21-0' 226.4+0.2-20 ft
39' 54+0' 116.1-0.1+3 ft
410' 11+0' 285.9-0.3+14 ft
end11' 27+1' 445.2-0.90 ft
Versus average of 9' 43 min/mile

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kilax said...

I noticed all the (annoying) tourists on my walk to the train station yesterday. It was crazy how many there were!

I felt the same way on my run last night. I told Steven it was warm enough even for him to wear a sleveless shirt. He wore a t-shirt and was drenched in sweat.

I guess it prepares us for marathon training? ;)

Anonymous said...

We have a very popular running/biking trail here where I always did my long runs, and the cyclists were INSANE! I almost got hit numerous times. Needless to say, I had some choice words for them. :-)

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

That is a great end of run treat! Love it. Yes, the paths are awful now that it's summer. I never ride my bike because I'm scared I'll get knocked off by some moron on the trail. Ick.

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