Gnarly

8 miles heading south on the path on a gorgeous day.  Full sun, low 40s, some washy cirrus clouds.  15-20 mph winds from the north meant big waves, which made coming back kind of ridic.  But I have this crazy love for when our little local lake, you might have heard of it, goes wave crazy and tosses major surf up and down the shoreline.  It makes your basic out-and-back run pretty dramatic.

First two miles were around the pond with my awesome teenager, who is rocking morning runs on the regular.  

Dropped her at home and took a quick bathroom break, then back out for 6 more.

 

 No sweeter sign of spring for Chicago runners

No sweeter sign of spring for Chicago runners

Right around the Oak Street curve I remembered yesterday's gale-force winds (I took the day off) and thought briefly, should I chance it?

 

 Don't fence me in

Don't fence me in

I hesitated but only briefly, then followed the other idiot runners and bikers (!) who were ignoring the park district blockade and heading around the curve.  It was sunny and gorgeous and I wanted my 8 miles, so I went for it.  Sure enough on the way back a big breaker sloshed up over the path and nailed me: cold spring lake water up to my knees.  Soaked shoes and socks for the rest of the run.  At least it wasn't icy.

 

 My city's skyline game is strong

My city's skyline game is strong

But this view almost always makes up for any downers on a run.  Sometimes I watch running videos (yes, nerd alert) and dream about what it would be like to hit the trails of Boulder or Eugene or Arcata anytime I wanted.  But then I need a day like today to remind myself that my everyday run isn't exactly lacking in big-spectacle vistas or natural grandeur.  Or the ability to soak my shoes.

 

 Pink was on sale for $20 off, go figure

Pink was on sale for $20 off, go figure

Last, I'm here to report that I have found wireless headphones peace.  Because I apparently have humankind's smallest ear openings (in normal sized ears), finding a pair of earbuds that doesn't fall out or flap around annoyingly has been an epic quest.  I went with these on a Runner's World tech feature suggestion and I'm super happy about them.   They are this model, and I got them on sale at Best Buy.  Highly recommend if you have the same earhole issues.  

Stoked to volunteer at the Chicago Lakefront 50/50 ultra tomorrow!  Hit me up at the 31st street aid station if you're running it.  I'll get you the best potato chips and Coke.