So I'm in Chicago for a little bit and this morning I got up with the sun and went for a five-miler along the lake. It was quite an adventure and I'm glad I had the Nike thing to tell me when to turn around. There's really some nice buildings, parks, and public art here in the fancy part of town and I especially enjoyed the mild weather. Lots of joggers were out as well as cyclists. Seems to me the joggers and cyclists here have learned how to share the narrow paths a lot better than the Central Park joggers & cyclists, who can have quite a bit of animosity toward each other. didn't see that here today.
The five miles was slow, I thought, but as I am still hurting from Sunday's long run, I took it easy. Oddly enough, the Nike thing seems to think my pace was just about the same and that I even set a mile PR (at least the iPod thinks so...but with only four runs in its memory, the mile PR is probably just under a 10 minute mile). Chicago isn't truly flat, there are some very mild hills - the stairs up and over the river were probably the steepest part.
Lora left a comment on my previous post, so I emailed her and she called me and yadda yadda yadda, I'm going to join her running group this Saturday morning and put in seven or eight miles. Sounds good. I think eight is the max I want to run - nine at the most - so that I can save my legs a bit for the following weekend's NYC Half-Marathon.
I am worried about the leg pain I've been having for the last couple of days and I think I will have to get back to the doc and back to therapy when I get back to NY. It is very important, too, that I get my orthotics evaluated and modified if necessary. I can't afford to lose miles in this second half of marathon training to injuries that I can prevent now!
Oh, and my boss and I had dinner tonight at a place called Quartino. AWESOME. A+. We are planning on eating there again before we leave town.