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Monday AM: 6mi bike to work. It was quite humid.

Tuesday PM: 50 min Body R+D Pilates Megaformer class. And 6mi bike from work to pilates to home.

Wednesday AM: 6mi bike to work.

Thursday PM: 6mi bike from work.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8mi bike round trip to Fleet Feet Old Town for CES’s Running U and the ACS’s DetermiNation Kick-off
THEN – 6mi run!

Sunday: Rest

Total bike miles: 32
Total run miles: 6

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Someone had to get shots.

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Friday night – Lana del Rey at the Aragon Ballroom. Great concert!! But I think the average age of my fellow concertgoers was … 22.

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Lots of Divvy rides.

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DetermiNation Kick-off at Second City on Saturday morning. Chicago Marathon Race Director Carey Pinkowski came out.

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Saturday night: The Prince & Michael Experience at Beauty Bar with my bestie. DJ spinning lots of Prince and Michael Jackson. It was great.

So! This week! Given the knee pain I’ve been experiencing, I took a week off from running. To make up the lost cardio, I biked to or from work (and other stuff) as much as possible. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m really enjoying the bike commute and plan to keep it up!

On Saturday, I was ready to attempt to run again. I ran to the park one mile from home, and did laps around the one-mile loop, stopping at a water fountain at each mile. And I’m happy to report I had no pain during the run! Once I hit 3, 4, 5 miles and started up again without pain, I couldn’t help but smile with relief! I made it home doing 6 miles total, and no pain. I wanted to keep going, but I didn’t want to push it. I did notice a little pain later in the day when I would try to walk down stairs, but it wasn’t as bad as it had been the previous weekend.

My plan for the coming week is to do a couple easy runs (Monday is Pint Night and Thursday is the Corporate Challenge – plan to do both at “fun” pace) and then run the Soldier Field 10 on Saturday with the goal of just finishing pain-free and smiling. Even before the knee pain, I didn’t think I was in shape to PR, so no sense to try. And I also plan to keep biking around town 🙂