Friday, March 19, 2010
Running in Chicago... dammit... I got lost?
So I had a route planned out, but as is always the case when I go out for a run in a new area, I had to modify on the fly when I realized certain roads weren't really great for running. No big deal, and in fact I had cut off a considerable amount of the planned route when I came up upon a dirt path through that looked like it cut through a pretty big park, so I hopped on that and ran out and turned around in a loop, because it looked like it would have put me around 3.5 miles total, a bit less than I wanted. Seems that might have been a mistake. Got back on the road and ran a bit further, but quickly realized that there wasn't going to be any further sidewalks, so I took the next trail and figured I would just cut back to that original path and then head on over to the hotel. Well, after running all the way up to where the hotel was, I found out that apparently there is a river in the way that I just couldn't get across without taking a swim. Started to get a bit nervous at this point and turned around and ran straight down the path in the hopes that it would eventually dump me back onto a cross road, 1 mile later, it did... only where it dumped me I was then an additional 1.5 miles from the hotel! All in all, I turned what I wanted to be a 5 mile run into 7.5 with multiple stops filled with bewilderment, chatting with a few women walking with their kids or dogs to get directions, even had one ask for my number (she said so she could be sure I made it back safely). Anyway, still was a good run, finishing in well under an hour (57:24) for a 7:39 min/mile pace. Good times!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!