Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What if you didn't go running?

Have you ever wondered what you missed on a day that you don't go running?
This past weekend I was visiting Chicago for my first time. I had big plans to go running. Friday night I set out my clothes, shoes and even brought my 4 bottle water belt in the suitcase. When I got up that morning and realized I was staying on Michigan Ave, I decided to not go running and just go shopping. I thought I can run in my home town but can't experience Chicago at home. I took a shower, got dressed for the day. As I was getting ready to leave the hotel room I looked down at my pile of running gear begging for me to give them some attention. I felt guilty. I changed my clothes and put on my running gear and delayed my trip down the Magnificent Mile.
Here is what I would have missed if I would not have gone..


I would have missed knowing my hotel was right at the edge of Lake Michigan and seeing the beautiful beach. I would have missed running with masses of people - most in Chicago Marathon training shirts. That is probably a great marathon to run.
I would have missed following a group of runners over this bridge that had better manicured foliage than my garden
I would have missed running around people playing baseball in fields on a Saturday morning
I would have missed running across a finish line a few hours after a race had ended
I would have missed this cool monument that lead me down another path..a path to the... Zoo!
I would have missed this cute man playing his violin
I would have missed seeing this camel that reminded me of riding one this summer in Morocco

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I would have missed this monkey scratching his bottom


I would have missed the opportunity to document my trip in the sand

I would have missed the cheerleaders taking group photos in the water - it was fun to watch
I would have missed seeing how awesome Fleet Feet was for providing water and and Gatorade to Saturday runners!

Thanks Fleet Feet of Chicago - here is my plug for you in thanks for the Gatorade!!
I would have missed the wedding right by my hotelI would have missed taking my self portrait all sweaty and gross
and I would have missed the joy of laying in the complimentary robe after my second shower for the day and then truly enjoying the shopping on Michigan Ave.

7 comments:

Heather W said...

I loved your post! I can really appreciate where you are coming from! I think that a good run is a great way to "see" an city, new or familiar! What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing with us.
H

Mel said...

I'll remember your post next time I'm visiting somewhere new! Loved the photos!

Ruthie said...

wow. what a fantastic post!
thanks for the inspiration.
ruthie

erinmalia said...

i LOVE running in new places! it makes me feel more local and less tourist. it's just a totally different feel than the walk down michigan avenue (which also shouldn't be missed).

Robyn said...

You are so good for choosing the running over the shopping- that would be a TOUGH choice for me. I love all the photos, looks like a fun trip.

Keekee said...

I too love exploring new cities by foot- I am from Chicago so I know firsthand what a great place it is to run. I am not in WI and your pics brought back some great memories.

Janice said...

Love this post. It will make me think twice next time I think twice about running.....LOL