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Chicago and Weekend Running

I’ve returned from my trip to Chicago, so I now have a chance to update  my running. I went to Chicago with the PCA/ACA Conference (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association). The conference was super fun. I of course love it because I get to hang with the Punk Culture folks and talk zines. I participated in a roundtable on punk and zines this year and that was a good time. We also made a zine. I’m looking forward to seeing it. I also went to a bunch of panels on my latest obsession, “The Walking Dead.” that was pretty fun. They were all packed. And, people are really into The Walking Dead. Plus there’s tons of people who didn’t like Season 4. What’s up with that? I thought it was pretty brilliant. I loved all the character development, especially with Daryl. I also liked how they separated everything and that you didn’t necessarily see everyone each week. Here’s my prediction (Spoiler Alter): I totally think that Terminus (who wants to end up i a place called Terminus) is full of cannibals. I also think that Carol should emerge as the new leader. I’m really getting sick of Rick. Now back to running.

Barb came with me to PCA, so we got to run through Chicago together. The conference was at the Marriott downtown, so we stayed at the Hyatt off Wacker. We were able to head right on down to the Lakefront Trail that runs along Lake Michigan. We went South past Navy Pier and Ran down to the Planetarium and the Field Museum. Originally we thought we were only going to go 3 or maybe 4 miles, but we ended up going almost 6. we were able to run alongside the Planetarium and the lake and it was really nice.






It was pretty windy when we headed out, but then the wind was behind us on our way back so it was a great run. I loved every minute of it and was more than happy to miss a panel I wanted to go to in order to get in the run.

In other fun Chicago excitement, we got to eat at XOCO, my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I love Rick Bayless and unlike Forntera, you don’t need to wait months to get in. Plus, they have the greatest hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my whole entire life.


Most fabulous of fabulous.

We ate some other yummy food as well and also had some good beers. I also went to Wrigley on Friday. It was C-O-L-D (like 40) and we were in the shade, but it was still Wrigley. Just look. Can’t you feel the cold? I could see my breath as we sat there.


The poor Cubs lost to the Reds, but at least they scored a run. It was the first run in 24 innings. We did win on Saturday, which would have totally been a better day to go since it was like 80 out. Yet, I got to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley, which made me happy. It’s by far my favorite ballpark. I guess as a Cubs fan I’m a bit bias, but still, it’s an amazing place.


I got back Saturday, which was Record Store Day. Chris played at the local record store, Bad Kitty, and I bought myself a fun record.


I ran on Sunday. It was a bit hot, finally, but I headed out for what I thought would be maybe 4 miles. Instead, I was again rocking my Veronica Mars book and hit 7 miles instead.


I decided to go old school with my photo. I’m not entirely sure why, but it works for me.

Since I wasn’t sure where I would go with my route, and how far, I kept a bit close to home. I did like I did last week when I went out. I ran for 50 minutes, which got me to 4.65 miles, and then did a 3/7 walk/run for the last 2.35 miles. It’s not bad, but since I didn’t know I was going to go out for a 7 miler I totally hadn’t eaten enough and was pretty tired by the end. I really needed to do 8 or 9, but I’ll get that in next week. Hopefully the weather keeps up. I was going to go out today, but my legs needed a little rest. I’m looking forward to the half though.

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I’m happy that when I do the walk/run it doesn’t slow me down too much–which I already knew, but it’s nice to see it in the splits. If I can keep it under a 12 minute mile for the 1/2, I’ll be happy. Oh, the drinking fountain is open at Patton, so that’s also a good thing.