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Monday, September 28, 2015

Running, Hiking and Movies

I can't believe it's Monday again. These weekends go so fast lately.  Maybe it's the shorter days or just that I'm more busy lately.  We had another great weekend, the weather in Chicago was beautiful all weekend.

A few highlights lately:

Saturday morning we went to Starved Rock State Park to do some hiking.  We had been talking about doing this for a while, but finally took the leap Saturday morning.  The weather was just perfect and we will up before the sun to get out there before traffic started.  I have no idea how far we hiked, it's not a huge park.  If I had to guess, maybe 5 miles.  It was so peaceful out there and we got started before the crowds came out.  I didn't realize how packed that park can get.  By the time we were almost back to our car there were tons of people headed out on the trails so I'm really glad we went out early.  We stopped in the cute town right by the park for brunch.  We were able to sit outside to eat which I have a feeling won't be the case much longer so I'm glad we got to take advantage of it.

When we got back from the hike, I took a 2 hour nap which I wish I could do every day of my life.  It seems like I am just always tired lately.  Saturday night we ordered Roots Pizza - which I've mentioned a few times before that we love it.  They have gluten free taco pizza. It is not quite as good as Happy Joe's, but a solid substitute.  We headed off to Roosevelt ICON theater to see Black Mass. It is based on a true story of this Irish "gang" (I say gang, because I'm not sure what they technically were) who killed a bunch of people and got away with it.  They finally got caught and all went to prison, but it was a really intense story.

Sunday was well spent - grocery shopping, catching up on work, laundry, cleaning, food prepping.  All around very productive day which will hopefully make for a smooth week.  The weather is slowly getting cooler and cooler and my morning sunshine is getting pushed back later and later.

I've started running again more consistently which has been much needed.  My days seem to be more hectic than ever so it's nice to have a little down time to myself.  Last weekend I met a group girls for a long-ish run of 8 miles.  It was really nice to have someone to run with and get to catch up with at the same time!  It really made me want to sign up for a race soon.  I wish that races weren't so expensive in Chicago.  I'd love to do that hot chocolate 15k, but have a hard time justifying spending $75 to run the same path I can run for free.  Although, it would be nice to have something to train for.  I thought to keep my accountable I'd start listing my workouts here like I used to do when training for the Chicago Marathon. Maybe it will inspire me to sign up for a race!

Training last week: (Week of 9/20)
Sunday: 6 Miles
Monday: 4 Miles
Tuesday: 5 Miles
Wednesday: 5 Miles + Total Body Blast (45 minute class of weights and cardio at my gym
Thursday: 5 Miles
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: Hiking

Week Summary
Other Workouts: 1 workout class + Hiking

Total September Miles: 89

Have a great week!


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