Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    KELLIEBEAN   95,622
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints

Chicago 5K tour

Saturday, April 13, 2013

They say in Chicago, if you don't like the weather, wait a little while, it will change. We hit almost all of the seasons today.

When my kids and I signed up for today's Chicago Tragic Events 5K a couple weeks ago, we thought for sure the weather would be mild by now. The weather forecast all week promised today would be the only dry day. Oh nay nay. When we left the house in the burbs, there were snow flurries.

While waiting with my son for the train into the city, I got several steps in to keep warm. When we got off the train in the city, it was even colder of course. Every few blocks, we would stop in a restaurant just to warm up for a minute.

We met up with my daughter and the rest of the group in Millennium Park. There were only three others in our group, a couple from California and a woman from Louisiana. Louisiana said she hadn't run in years. I thought 'great, someone to run slow with me.' Oh nay nay. You couldn't tell she hadn't been running.

The tour guide was great. He had a great sense of humor and took fun pictures of us along the way. After he emails the pictures, I will post them. He was good at keeping our minds off of the increasingly cold temperature.

Soon the slight rain we had been running in turned to sleet. Heavy sleet. I looked up at a clock, blinking from the sleet hitting my eyes, to see it was 8:40am. We had only been running 40 minutes. About an hour and a half to go. I didn't think I was going to make it but I couldn't just quit.

We were very thankful he took us into the Palmer House hotel as part of the tour. Ah warmth! BEAUTIFUL hotel, interesting facts, then too soon, it was time to go back outside! UGH!

As we got close to intersections, traffic lights about to change, he would turn around and ask if we could make it across. Everyone enthusiastically shouted "Oh Yeah!" So I would take a deep breath and kick it into gear to keep up and get across.

As difficult as it was each time I did that, it was a rush too. I was freezing, my feet were wet, my lips were getting a little numb and my thighs barked but I was keeping up.

The sleet subsided turning back into a slight mist. It was fun running around, learning things I never knew about the city I grew up in.

As we ended the tour, the slight rain stopped, the sun peaked out and we saw patches of blue sky. We determined that we ran just over four miles in just under two hours. That was a pretty huge accomplishment for me considering the weather.

My daughter suggested a diner a couple miles away for breakfast, let's go for a leisurely run to the diner she said. Sure, make me keep running when I can barely walk! She has been into health and fitness the majority of her life and is the general manager of a women's health club. She is pretty inspiring!

I did it, I slowed down a couple times but quickly caught back up to them. At one point I even spoke a couple sentences while running. My daughter said "Mom, I am so proud of you!' That brought a tear to my eye.

After a long hot shower, I felt human again. I sat down to read my book and recover. My yellow lab sat at my feet, big eyes, big ears, tail wagging. Like she can understand me, I told her I couldn't possibly go out there again and that my calf was getting stiff.

The tail kept wagging and she never broke her gaze. I got up and took her for a walk. I just can't resist my walking buddy....

If you are ever in the Chicago area (maybe they do this in other cities too) I highly recommend doing one of these tours. It's not timed, it's just a good time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/22/2013 8:51PM

    Everything about this post makes me feel fuzzy and happy. :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGPAWSUP 4/14/2013 12:56PM

    Sounds like a ton of fun. I've never done one. Maybe I'll try it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDY_54 4/14/2013 12:26PM

    I've never heard of such a thing, but it sounds like real fun! Well, except for the sleet, lol. What a great way to see the city. Thanks so much for posting!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FUNLOVEN 4/14/2013 9:20AM

    OMG Kellie! emoticon I'm sure you had similar weather to my area and it was windy and cold yesterday. You are my inspiration for the day emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 4/14/2013 9:02AM

    I never heard of one of these tours, but it sounds super-interesting. I'd like to hear more about it!

I am originally from SE Michigan but now live in Arkansas. I have to roll my eyes when people here say the same thing about Arkansas weather -- they don't know what changeable weather is really all about!

emoticon emoticon emoticon m

Report Inappropriate Comment
TDEMAIO2 4/14/2013 8:33AM

    WOW your amazing : ) and you lab is beautiful :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITMOMINNJ 4/14/2013 8:01AM

    You must feel like a million bucks:) emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CONFIDENTLY_FIT 4/14/2013 7:58AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 4/14/2013 3:09AM

    emoticon Kelly, so proud of you!! Glad you had a good time, have an equally great day today.....whatever you have planned! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMRUNNER 4/14/2013 2:44AM

    Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSUSUZZZIE 4/13/2013 11:27PM

    Your day sounds awesome! And the tour sounds very interesting and I've added to a list to see if they do anything like it around here.

I hope warmer weather some comes and stays!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEARINGTHIN 4/13/2013 10:46PM

    Nice blog. Glenn

Report Inappropriate Comment
AM_MORRIS87 4/13/2013 10:04PM

    Kellie that is so awesome!!! I'm so proud of you! You did amazing, and it sounds super fun. I didn't even know such things existed! Plus, I'm sure it was awesome to do it w/ your daughter. :) I'm so glad you had a good time. You are awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUGAR0814 4/13/2013 9:39PM

    You did great! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by KELLIEBEAN