How to celebrate finishing my summer obligations of a PT internship and a grad-level statistics class (whose final I took last night)? Do one of the things I’ve neglected all summer: run.
I entertained the idea of running home after last night’s stats final, but with a rash of burglaries and assaults in my otherwise safe ‘hood, I was a bit hesitant. This morning seemed like the better option.
Enter: Chicago, late August, about 68 degrees, and it has been raining nearly all night long. Add: lakefront path, big waves, and wind so hard that it feels like for every step I make forward, some one (a wind monster, evidently) is trying to push me backward. Luckily, the wind seemed to let up once I passed Navy Pier. Before I stepped outside, I entertained the notion of doing a fartlek or maybe some 800m strides. The weather made me decide otherwise! I was satisfied with my solid 8:30s for about 7 miles.
Besides the wind, the weather could not have been better for an a.m. trek. Putting in 7 miles before I get to work makes Erin a happy, content girl. And why not? If you had a summer full of school and internship and work and statistics, you’d want to celebrate by running it all “away,” too.