I didn’t do a training post last week because I tapered and then didn’t run my goal race. So I was too exhausted to write and didn’t have much to report. This week was recovery for the first half, so just as boring. But combined, they make up one decent week of training, haha.

Mon 4/29: Rest

Tue 4/30: 4.1mi in 38min, 9:14 pace

Wed 5/1: 30min elliptical

Thur 5/2: Rest

Fri 5/3: 3.25mi in 30min, 9:13 pace

Sat 5/4: Rest

Sun 5/5: Sick

Mon – Wed: Recovering

Thur 5/9: 3mi in 30min, 9:57 pace. Ran with the FNRC.

Fri 5/10: Rest

Sat 5/11: 7mi in 1:09, 9:49 pace. Ignored my Garmin. Just wanted to get in a longer run.

Sun 5/12: 3.1 in 29min, 9:11 pace. 3 miles of kayaking in 2 hours.

Total miles: 20.5mi
Total time: 5hr 45min

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Thursday with FNRC

I'm on a boat I guess this city is pretty

Chicago River with Urban Kayaks



  • We finally went kayaking! Haha. We bought a Google Offer last summer for Urban Kayaks, and put off making a reservation until the very last day of the 2012 season – and got rained out. We were able to use the voucher this year, before June 1, and today worked best for us. It was a bit chilly, but a lot of fun!! Our trip was about two hours, there were six other people plus two leaders, and we stopped a few times for a little Chicago history lesson. We did a tandem kayak and I’m glad we did – my husband is a lot stronger than me 🙂 My arms will still be pretty sore tomorrow. The Sailor enjoyed the kayaking so much as we were leaving he asked if they just do hourly rentals, and they do. They also do nighttime trips during the Navy Pier fireworks, which we might check out. (Sidenote: Being an Airman, and not a Seaman, The Sailor did not have an unfair advantage when it came to kayaking.) 
  • The Sailor and I are finally ready to flee the coop – we’re starting to look at apartments in Chicago. Right now we’re focusing on 2-bedrooms for $1200 or less, and we’re pretty flexible on the neighborhood – just walkable to an L stop that isn’t too far from downtown, and safe enough that I can head out for a solo run. We don’t have a deadline to move out, so we have time to adjust our criteria (look at 1-bedrooms, or look farther from the Loop) if we come up short. But if you know of anything (other than what is available on Craigslist, Domu, etc), tweet me @not_margaret.
  • I’ve decided not to run a make-up half marathon for the time being, and focus on training for Ragnar. I’ll save more elaborate thoughts for a future post.