Springing Forward
Running

Springing Forward

First and foremost, I have to share this amazing moment from the Wisconsin Marathon. As you all know by now, the last few miles were… difficult? Painful? Ugly? Think Biggest Loser – Week 3: after their spirit has been broken and rebuilt, but before they’re actually good at the challenges. Needless to say, a photographer … Continue reading

Water Season
Living / Running

Water Season

Last night on my run, I noticed that the fountain heads had reappeared on several of the Chicago’s Lake Front Path’s many water fountains. (The city removes them in the winter, as the water is turned off sometime in November.)   A friend noted that the fountains were BACK ON at the North Ave. fountain … Continue reading

Weekend Update
BQ or Bust / Food

Weekend Update

Hello from the tundra. Earlier this week, Chicago clocked in at blazing single digits, with a windchill of negative 10-15 degrees. As such, I busted out my Beaker-meets-A Christmas Story look. This is why no one in Chicago meets the love of their life in January. Or February. Or March. We did finally get some snow, … Continue reading

Frozen Planet
Running

Frozen Planet

Last night was cold. The temps hovered around 25 when I left the office, but with the wind, it was supposedly closer to 15. In Chicago, when you’re running along the lakefront in the winter, you can’t discount the idea of windchill, because it’s all there is. The first mile of my run was quiet. … Continue reading

Living

Shots

I got my very first flu shot today, folks. The local medical school provided them for free to our office — pharmacy students gave the actual shots, and I give them all A’s. I have a long and storied history of needle hatred. There was the time when I was five and my parents had … Continue reading

Running

The Road Not Taken

I’m very lucky in that I live about a half a mile from the lake, where a paved running path stretches  for miles and miles in either direction. I like to switch it up, and both directions have their benefits. Yesterday’s 14 miles (my longest run since the CM10) had me a bit nervous, as … Continue reading