I Did Not Run 20 Miles This Weekend

Like many of you, my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and DailyMile feeds were full of 20-mile runs this weekend. If you’re running the Chicago Marathon, last week was your peak week. Welcome to your taper.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m registered for the Chicago Marathon. But I’ve been in physical therapy for the past … 6? weeks. I lost count. Got another bill the other day. Discovered today that I don’t have to wait for open enrollment to increase my contribution to my HSA. Planning to play catch up so I can pay those bills with pre-tax contributions. Anyway.

So I didn’t run 20 miles, but what did I do?

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I met Anne for dinner on Friday. This is obviously an old picture. But it was lovely to chat with her about life lately. Afterward, due to very good timing, I was able to spontaneously reconnect with a friend who I haven’t seen in 9 months. Also lovely.

On Saturday, after my run/walk of 1:00 walk / 4:00 run / 6 times, I got to help celebrate Patsy’s first birthday! I remember when Kelly was super pregnant and we got donut milkshakes. 13 months later, that little cutie is one!


On my way home, I stopped by my parents house to go through some of the stuff I still have there. And not only did I find my CD collection (although the only CD player I have is in our car), but I found my tights! That I had replaced. Now I have 3 drawers of tights & stockings.


Totally necessary

That evening, El Esposo made a 4-course meal for his bosses and their kid (and me). It was delicious. (The courses were: fancy cheese, scallops, coq au vin, chocolate mousse.)


Don’t worry, I did. 

And Sunday was our annual trip to the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival. We are now pros. Camp chairs AND a tiny table? And (not pictured) TWO grandma carts to haul it all (plus all the wine that was purchased)?


That American flag did not belong to us, but it made it very easy to find our spot. So, our fest neighbors were bigger fest pros than we were. 

In running news, I had another appointment with my PT this morning, and tonight was my last run/walk on my Return to Running Plan. All I have left are three 30-minute continuous runs. My next appointment is next Monday, and he said we might talk discharge. I also asked him when I could start taking ballet classes again. (And by ballet, I mean a couple ballet classes and a session of burlesque, because even though my attractive male PT someone had me in this position, for once in my life I exercised tact and didn’t bring up the topic of taking off my clothing.) He said I could try yoga and if that went well, I could try ballet.

Did you run 20 miles this weekend? How did it go? If not, what did you do instead? 

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23 Comments on “I Did Not Run 20 Miles This Weekend”

  1. Getting so close to discharge! That is so exciting! I also did not run 20 miles this weekend, but I did have a long run.
    And a 4 course dinner is ALWAYS a good idea, especially when it comes like that!

  2. What a fun weekend! 🙂 I am so happy PT is going well and you are close to being discharged and getting the clearance for more activities!

    I did not run 20 this weekend, either 🙂 We also had a kid’s birthday party and got to spend time with my brother 🙂

  3. I did not run 20 miles either!! I am supposed to run the Detroit Marathon (weekend after the Chicago Marathon) but I have been in PT since June. The billlsssss – they don’t stop. I am getting dry needling know, which is weird, but it is the only thing that has worked. Congrats on the discharge! I have been back running a few 3 mile runs a week 🙂

  4. I’m glad we could catch up on life lately too 🙂 It’s been nice to break back out of my shell again, and obviously we’re both up to a lot of interesting things.

    I was just going through my CD collection this weekend too! There’s a lot of stuff I forgot I had, and definitely a lot that I laughed at (since I probably haven’t bought an actual CD in about 10 years).

    Totally blew off my long run (of 6 miles, whoa) and did that last night instead. Let’s see, other than dinner with you, I was pretty busy on Saturday but still fit in an excellent burger and some tasty beers with a friend, and did a ton of cooking on Sunday.

      1. Emerson’s in Mount Prospect (right by the Metra) – it was loaded with the best, sharpest cheddar cheese I’ve ever had and served on a pretzel bun. Mmm.

  5. I did not do 20 miles, but then again, my peak race is still many, many weeks away. I ran 16 with Susie instead, and it was pretty magical. Then I lost at fantasy football for the second week in a row and threw things.

  6. I did run 20 miles this weekend, which is why I went to see my PT yesterday, and will be stopping in again today to get taped, annnndddd will be seeing him again tomorrow. BFF status.

    PT bills are the bane of my existence. Or rather, were the bane of my existence until I hit my deductible. Now they’re at least managable. But the time I wrote a check for my PT bill that was higher than my rent check for the month? Yeah. That was more painful than my injuries.

    1. Eek, luckily mine has yet to be higher than my rent check. And I didn’t think I hit my deductible, but on the most recent bill I received, the last few appointments had “patient owes $0” … not gonna question that!!

    1. I don’t think covering 26 miles, running or walking (or even biking) is a good idea for me right now. I’ve already secured plans for my bib to remove the temptation.

  7. I can’t tell you the last time I have run (actually I can, July) but I’m enjoying mixing it up lately while I’m getting myself 100% back to pre-surgery shape! (yes, still) This weekend I went to a food festival! It was a blast.

  8. No 20-miler for me this past weekend, and I couldn’t be happier! It’s hard enough just getting myself motivated to run 10 or more miles, let alone 20, you know?

    Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! Hearing about that 4-course dinner is making my mouth water. BTW – did you end up going to the Graham Elliott event at Mariano’s last night?

  9. So glad PT is going well and that you’re able to get back into running. It’s been a long journey and it’s great to hear that you might be finishing with PT and getting back into your old routine. I half-ran (my legs got very angry) the Fox Valley Marathon last weekend, so I’m done with longer distances for a while. Working on my post-race reverse taper!

  10. No 20 miles for me either. Long story short but not running the marathon anymore. I know, I know I wrote about how I almost backed out that one time and your post convinced me not to but here I am back at it again. It was a decision I made over a month ago and have felt really good about it.

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