Back in the Midwest

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and congrats to everyone who finished races and especially to those who ran Indy.  I was a bit jealous and wished I was there running with you.  Hopefully you all had the amazing weather we have had for the past week.

Rock, Mary and I finished what seemed like a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. this past week.  We left New York City on Tuesday and drove to Northern Michigan to pick up Louie, the dog, who was staying with my parents while we were away.  We were definitely excited to see him but he might have been a tad disappointed to see us.  He loves being up there and running in the woods and playing with my parent’s dog.


I had a blast playing skating coach for a week again in NYC! I even put on the hockey skates and didn’t break anything!

We arrived to 70 degree temperatures, which is a little bizarre for this time of year.  In fact, last year at this time we were greeted with nearly a foot of snow.  It was so awesome to run on the leaf lined streets in shorts and a tank top.  Whenever I get warm fall temps like this I try to take advantage and soak up every last moment.

Rock and I got to go for a few runs together and we even took the dogs for some great walks in the woods.  Part of me wishes I could do this every day.  Growing up in a small town, I never realized how special it really was.

 We returned back to Chicago on Friday.  What a great feeling to unpack and not be living out of suitcases.  It was a huge relief because in the last week I started losing things and it made me feel like I was beginning to lose my mind.  The biggest bummer was losing my new Yurbuds.  Rock kept reassuring me that we would find them when we unpacked but sadly, I think they are likely laying in a parking lot somewhere in upstate New York.

Saturday morning I met with a new client at 6:00 am and found the prettiest moon when I stepped out of the front door.  We live across the street from a church and the combination of the church and the moon in the background was pretty spectacular.

Cooler temps and falling leaves are definitely here and this morning there was a slight frost on the ground.  I’m not quite ready for snow storms yet but I am certainly embracing the cooler running weather and my pumpkin spice coffee.  Oh, and I just registered for another marathon for next spring.  So I have some training to look forward to as well!

I’ll be back later this week with a few thoughts on my running in the hills and “mountains” of upstate New York and some tips on hill training.

I hope you had a great weekend and congrats to all of the race finishers!

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