Happy National Running Day! I plan to celebrate by lacing up for a garage circuit later this morning.
But let’s catch up on last weekend. Beware…this post is long, but I have a lot to recap after the race on Saturday morning! Ryan and I hung around Indianapolis on Saturday and drove up to Chicago on Sunday.
In Indy, we explored the trails of 100 Acres (Did you think of Pooh Bear?), a park within the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There are some sweet art projects nestled in the woods, and we snapped a few artsy pics.
Fun fact about the park: One of its exhibits, Funky Bones, was featured in the movie [and book] The Fault in Our Stars. Remember when Augustus and Hazel sat on the giant skeleton sculpture? Due to budgeting, they actually used a replica of the sculpture and filmed in Pittsburgh.
Back to our Indy fun, we ate froyo on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument…
…and went to an Indianapolis Indians game (minor league baseball).
I checked the weather forecast before the game…it was supposed to rain, but we decided to go anyway. And since we like to live on the edge, we chanced it with no umbrella. I put my phone in a plastic bag though because I had to draw the line somewhere.
The sky looked okay until a mass of ominous-looking clouds rolled in during the 4th inning, and everyone around us whipped out their umbrellas. The game announcer invited the “lawn people” into the concourse due to incoming weather (I cracked up at that announcement), and we stayed and gawked at the dark clouds, umbrella-less and hood-less.
It was nice to leave the game a few innings early though because we had a big day ahead of us on Sunday: Chicago! Both of us had been to Chicago several times but never together, so we decided to drive up for the day on Sunday. Ryan was route master and mapped out a course through the main touristy things (we all know that I’d still be wandering the streets of Chicago if I tried to do that).
We parked near Navy Pier and started our giant walking loop. The last time I had been to Chicago was probably 4(?) years ago, and Navy Pier looked totally different! Renovation is going on now, and that plus the cold weather made it a ghost town on Sunday.
Next…Maggie Daley Park & Millennium Park (I’ll lump ’em together because they’re both parks and right next to each other)
Obviously we had to get a picture at the Bean.
Next up: FOOOOD. I was so hungry that I probably would have settled for anything edible (I was eyeing up Chipotle), but luckily Ryan encouraged me to walk a little longer to Lou Malnati’s.
We started by inhaling a Chicken Caesar Salad. The restaurant ended up covering the salad for us because the wait was long, which was so nice of them.
We ranked the “free salad moment” very highly in our list of coolest parts of the day. Right behind how amazing the pizza was.
Fueled up, we walked the streets. Power-walked, really, because it was freezing! My hands were too cold to take out of my pockets, so enjoy this one picture.
I debated buying another layer as we passed all of the stores on the Magnificent Mile, but I resisted…and then changed my mind after we passed all of the nice stores and bought a $7.99 crewneck sweatshirt at CVS. Haha.
We walked up to the Lincoln Park Zoo and made some animal friends. Our official ranking of the coolest animals: 1. the monkey that swung from branch to branch, 2. the monkey with a teeny baby monkey on its back, 3. the other monkeys, 4. the kangaroos, 5. the beaver and all other animals.
Please look at the kangaroo just chilling in the back of the picture. Fun fact: I collected stuffed kangaroos for a decade.
We finished up our loop by walking along Lake Michigan back to the car.
Ryan tracked our steps on his phone, and our grand total was…
Oof. 10.54 miles in boat shoes and no socks (big mistake on my part) and only one blister to show for it= mega success.
I was impressed with how much we managed to do in only a day. And that wraps up the weekend (and my longest blog post ever)!
Are you celebrating National Running Day?
What is your favorite city?
What is the coolest animal at the zoo?