July in Review

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Total Running Miles: 48.6
Total Bike Miles: 68.5
Total time working out: 22 hr, 59 min
Total runs with CES: 1 (out of 10)
Dating anniversary celebrated: 10th
New-to-me restaurants: Cottage on DixieDusek’s, Perez, Nuevo LeonHonky Tonk BBQ

So this month has had it’s ups and downs. The downs are all related to my knee and running, the ups are pretty much everything else! Life is good.


Picnic at the Pritzker Pavilion for Loops & Variations on July 3rd.


31st St Beach during my last good long run on the 4th of July


Spent the 4th in Hammond (Indiana). Those Hoosiers sure love their fireworks.

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Sox game with my sister-in-law and her family, including these cuties.


The kiddos got to run the bases after the game.




July 16 marked 10 years since our first date.  AND, I discovered this year, that date marks 10 years since the opening of Millennium Park. One of our first dates that summer was to the Art Institute and we took a selfie in The Bean. They had yet to smooth out the seams. I love our unique Bean selfie 🙂


Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. My 13th half marathon, 4th RnR Chicago in a row. His second half marathon.


We had our friends and Baby T over for dinner.


Got to see my niece and nephew (oh, and my brothers, sisters-in-law and parents) at brunch.

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We revolted against cancer

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Community Garden in my neighborhood


Daley Plaza Farmers Market


Never gets old

2014 Goals

Weekly Strength Workouts: I did 8, half at CrossTown Fitness.

Bi-weekly Fun Workouts: None, although I do enjoy CrossTown Fitness.

Read 12 Books: Oops.

Host Something Once a Month: We had friends over for dinner. And Anne and I co-hosted Revolt Against Cancer.

Volunteer: And Revolt Against Cancer was a success! Thanks again to everyone who came out!

So. All of the knee stuff is making me really think a lot about how much I like running. I do like it – I love it. But when I calculated how much the 2x per week recommended Physical Therapy would cost based on my current health insurance plan (high deductible), it made me really think about how much I like it. Considering we’re still focused on paying down debt, and would like to actually take a real vacation for the first time in like 6 years, and all of this PT is still no guarantee that I can run the marathon … is it really worth it? There are plenty of other workouts that I enjoy and can do pain-free: biking, swimming, HIIT, dance, pilates, yoga. And I seem to be able to run 3 miles at a time mostly pain-free. Hopefully it is just a matter of strengthening my glutes, but if it isn’t, well, it certainly isn’t the end of the world.

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9 Comments on “July in Review”

    1. He knows I’m concerned about the finances, so we already canceled half of the appointments (so now I’m just going 1x per week) and he sent me home with exercises to do twice a day.

  1. Ditto what Lindy said. I know when I was a grad student the doctor I went to go see for my running aches and pains would give me photocopies out of a PT handbook with exercises to do. I would hope you could find someone to give you some at-home exercises. I’m glad you had a great July and I hope your August goes just as well but with a happier knee!

  2. Definitely ask for exercises, because even that much will help some. Or maybe just have a session or two – I found that I can do just about everything that PT has me do either at home or at my gym, so that may be helpful.

    I like your attitude about this though, and it’s not really surprising given all the fun non-running workouts you’ve done over the past year or so.

  3. I’m in a similar boat when it comes to running. It’s one of the things that still makes my neck sore, so I haven’t been running too much. Plus I’ve struggled with getting back into it after being off. So, for now I’m doing what I enjoy and figure running is there when I want it to be. We will see…

  4. I hear you on the PT. I went twice a week for my shoulder for about 6 weeks. Even though the more I went, the more insurance would cover each time, I still had to pay like $600 of my own money! Yikes! I really wish there was better coverage for PT.

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