Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Windy City Running

First two noises I hear when I get hooked back into the matrix this morning are my alarm and the wind howling at my building. I quickly remember today is supposed to be legit warm, so wind out of the south. Check weather app, 15 mph.  Can't be that bad, winter prepped me for this right?

62 degrees out,*Borat Voice* Very Nice. . Now I can make a long post describing my argument with the wind for about 4 miles, but to summarize, we weren't friends at the end.  Disrupted my breathing enough to cramp me up a little and make me feel slow.  I just kept telling myself, it'll be better on the turn around.

But it wasn't a bad run, the first 20 minutes there was a storm over Lake Michigan that provided me with giant red flashes from lightening.  I'd like to think Zeus was taking photos of me as I struggled through the wind that wouldn't even rustle his beard.

Also, the runners today were a lot nicer, even hollered at a guy good morning and we both shared a quick disgust for the wind. I always wave at people, if you are running before 6am, I'll share a kudos with you. The busy streets of downtown Chicago don't cultivate an atmosphere to casually say hello or even acknowledge that other people are around you, unless they are walking too slow. The lakefront can be Chicago's little hospitality refuge. Run on my friends.

It's nice to see it getting light earlier. Although, I keep thinking I am late getting back now until I look at my watch.

Funny ending, just put in my time for my 9 miles, and was about 90 seconds faster today, weird, I felt like I held back.  Felt a little tightness in my right calf.  You know when you run and think every ache could be the next injury? Yea...  Feel fine now!

And I've always wondered what the name of the sculpture that I called a mini Death Star was, near the Diversey Bridge.
Sunder Planet!
Enjoy the weather runners!

11 comments:

  1. Running into a headwind is the worst. Kudos to you for sticking with it. Hope your calf feels better soon!

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  2. Already are! I think they are just getting adjusted to the new mileage base. Thank you for the concern! Enjoy the weather!

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  3. I couldn't help but think when I ran along the lakefront Saturday and Monday, "Oh, this is why people live in the city!" It's been gorgeous.

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  4. I don't think I've noticed Sunder Planet before. Ha! It does look like the Death Star.


    I'm glad the calf tightness went away already. I have that sometimes with a creeping shin splint, then it just disappears.

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  5. Its great! Now everyone is getting out there, get your running blinkers on!

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  6. There are a bunch of sculptures out there, some are pretty creepy. I'll eventually learn about them!

    I hate feeling any little ache or tightness! just a reminder to do the evening stretches! Have a good day!

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  7. I run by Diversey all the time and have never noticed that sculpture... Now I am going to have to be on the lookout

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  8. I tried finding it on google maps and it wasn't there. But here is a link for help you out

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212481059803623754745.0004c98c32738d8413347&msa=0&ll=41.934705,-87.631373&spn=0.011956,0.027874&iwloc=0004c98d2c4425724e580

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  9. It was windy this morning! But boy did it feel good to be out there!

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  10. No doubt! no chill at all. Felt nice to not literally need to warm up during the warm up.

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  11. Christopolis Tiberius MarkusMay 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I see this thing every time i run! I have so far preferred not to know its name just so i can continue to think of it as a chibi Death Star.

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