Good morning, my faithful readers! Its a fabulous day in the city of Chicago with a few clouds in the sky, beautiful sunlight and about 90 degrees! Does it get much better than that? Oh wait... IT DOES!!! For the first time in OVER a year I have the day OFF!!! Now sure I took some time off when I was sick with the Swine flu back in October (not not technically diagnosed with that, my family doesn't seem to believe in visiting the Dr., luckily I have a very capable mom) and then took some time off back in march when my Grandma passed away but i don't really consider that time off. Time off should be to do something fun, something that I want to do, not something I have to do or some obligation.
So I know, a Wednesday, what a random day to take off... well not quite! Today is my Architreasures event! I know I have mentioned it in previous posts but never elaborated very much on it... I promise once I have pics from the event I will fill everyone in! Now, my event isn't until 6pm, so why on earth did I need to take a whole day off? Well, being on the fundraising committee I have to help set-up, and being that I work in the opposite direction of Chicago, I decided to take a whole day!
So far it has been FABULOUS! I came down with my dad this morning, we left around 6:15 so that we could come and run the lakefront before he needed to start work. I have never run the lakefront! I know that sounds crazy since I have grown up near the city and often do day excursions, especially in the summer, but it's true! So we ran North along the lakefront so that I could see where everyone who seems to be a serious swimmer swims! I was smart and put my swimsuit on so that before I came back to his office I could swim in the open water some! Let me tell you... it is quite different from a pool! So after about 4 miles or so my Dad headed back to his office and I headed for the water! Brr... was it cold but it felt so good after feeling like I was boiling to death on the run! Like I said, it was truly my first real experience with an open water swim, it took a little adjustment and I had to calm myself down a little because every time I came to get a breath of air, a wave would come and I would end up with water in my mouth! But once I got the hang of it, I felt really good! After about a 1/2 mile swim, maybe a little bit more, I climbed back out, threw my running clothes over my suit and ran back to his office, it felt so much better to run like that!
I came back and showered in the fitness center and now I will be heading over to my event in about an hour! Man I could get used to working in the city! If only I could find a job here! Suggestions anyone?
Rocking out to: Absolutely nothing today! Just soaking up the sounds of the city! I'm thinking I might be a city girl through and through! :)