Monday: Vinyasa 2-3 at Moksha Yoga Riverwest (via ClassPass) and 4.15-mile Divvy ride home

Tuesday: 8.4 miles on Divvy from work to Wicker Park to home

Wednesday:
2.85-mile warm-up
1 mile in 7:48 during the Strava Mile
4.3-mile Divvy ride home

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 2-mile Divvy ride home

Saturday: 10-mile run in 1:54

Sunday: Yoga with the Pilsen Yoga Tribe

Total Miles (Run + Bike) = 31
Toal Time (All) = 6 hours, 21 minutes

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Monday

If you’re looking for a zen space to do yoga, check out Moksha. Lots of plants and natural light. Most of their classes are better suited for experienced yoginis. (You know how to flow from a plank through a chaturanga to up dog to downward dog.)

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Tuesday

The Bristol invited the Windy City Blogger Collective for a happy hour of Moscow Mules (including a demo making one) and passed hors d’oeuvres.  I’ve been there for dinner and was excited to go back. And I won a gift certificate, so I’ll definitely be back again! But they have pretty good food, even at the full price 🙂

Image uploaded from iOS

Photo directly above and photo directly below by Micaela Bernal

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Wednesday at the Strava Mile

Strava hosted an invite-only mile time trial event at Lakeshore Park in Chicago. I ran into a few familiar faces from Instagram, and also tons of representation from 3Run2, the November Project and other groups. It was a fun event. They assigned everyone to a heat based on their expected finish time. I ended up in the last heat (aim low?) and ended up running almost exactly the time I indicated. Was it my fastest mile? No. It was actually 30+ seconds slower than my 5K PR, but that PR is from a long time ago. Maybe I should start thinking about PR 2.0. In which case, this was a PR 2.0.

Saturday’s run (that’s water on my tank … I was cooling off in a drinking fountain)

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Saturday’s recovery. That’s a busted dog raft.
Whatever, it served its purpose.

It should be no secret that I am not a morning person. The only time I’ve been able to routinely get up early for long runs is when I have plans to run with a group, and I have yet to find a free group on my side of town for long runs, so I’ve been running solo. Which means I have no real sense of urgency or a hard start time for my long runs.

But, it’s summer, so waiting too long leads to a pretty unpleasant long run. So, this past Saturday, I broke my own personal mental time hurdle, and got out of bed at 4:45. For some reason, 4:45 always sounds so much earlier than a 5am alarm. But, I wanted to have enough time to eat and digest and still start running ~2 hours before temps get too unbearable. So, I was really proud of myself for getting out there and starting my run at 6:30am. Yes, I know many of you do this all the time, but I need all the gold stars.

Anyway, the actual run. My goal was 7-10 miles. I did 10, yay. I started around the Planetarium and headed north, crossing paths with many marathon training groups. I turned around at 5 miles, which was a little bit past North Ave. On the way back, I was really starting to feel the heat. I forgot that the Lakefront Trail north of Ohio St has no shade, and there was no cloud cover and no wind on Saturday. So miles 3-7 were pretty warm. Next time, I’ll probably turn around at Ohio Street and run some miles south of the Planetarium.

What time do you get up for your long runs in the summer?
Any tips to make getting up early easier? Other than eat breakfast and go back to sleep for an hour, or take a nap after.