There are many things I’m good at. Throwing my laundry in front of my hamper. Doing my readings for class on the way to campus. Shopping.
One thing I am not good at, which was made abundantly clear Thursday night, is Zumba. The first time I took Zumba it was at the urging of my coworker back in New York. I believe I described the experience has feeling like I had 3 left feet.
Nonetheless, I had about an hour to kill before dinner with my roommates near my job, and the class we were doing was Zumba. The take-away? I may have 3 left arms as well.
My neighborhood is so pretty!
So you agree – you think you’re really pretty?
Last night I went to spin at Go Cycle. I knew it would be nothing like my beloved Soul Cycle, but I was itching to get back in the saddle. Go Cycle has monitors on each bike that tell you your RPM’s, and the instructor calls out RPM ranges to hit, much like at Flywheel. Typically I’m all about the numbers when it comes to working out, but I just don’t like it in spin. I realize that even if Soul Cycle was in Chicago I wouldn’t be able to afford to go all the time, but I still miss it!
I had to be at work at 7am this morning, and had no intentions of going out last night. Until the girls who live upstairs invited us over. Since it didn’t involve actually putting on a jacket, I suited up and headed upstairs. Too much wine later, it was after midnight and I knew it was time to call it a night. I got myself ready for bed, set my alarm, and prepared to be jolted out of a deep sleep at 5:36am.
Cue to 7:04am when I realize I set a weekday only alarm. By some miracle I made it to work by 7:30 (thank you CTA bus gods) but it was definitely not the way I wanted to start my day.
Tonight is another night in, because tomorrow is my first race since July! I’m heading out to Oak Park in the morning for the Frank Lloyd Wright 10K. I grew up in a house where I knew what Falling Water was before I could even read, so you can imagine my excitement about running through FLW’s neighborhood.
My running and training in the last few months has been sporadic at best. I struggled through summer running, as evidenced by my pitiful performance at the Rock N Roll Half in July. Since moving, I haven’t gotten into a groove, which isn’t helped by my constantly changing schedule and being on my feet all day.
I mentioned before that I typically love numbers. I can spend hours analyzing the splits from a 5 mile run. I think part of what’s been keeping me from getting back into the running game is that my Garmin has essentially not worked since July. I plugged it into my cousin’s computer when I was visiting for the Rock N Roll Half, it got all jacked up and it hasn’t done anything useful since. I tried email product support, but they kept telling me to do the things that they had posted on their website WHICH I ALREADY TRIED so I got frustrated and stopped responding to them, lest I get a little snarky with them.
There is a Garmin store in the Loop, and going would also provide me with the opportunity to visit the newly opened Nike store (!) but that can really only happen if I’ve done all my reading and assignments for school.
Which I haven’t. Clearly.
But back to the race! My current PR is from April, 3 weeks after running my first half, and during the perfect running weather in Spring in NY when every other word out of my mouth was OMG I LOVE RUNNING SO MUCH. I’m not sure that I should really have any goals going into this race given my lack of training, but if I’m really being honest with myself I can’t go into a race without goals. So here it is:
Runner’s World says I should be capable of 56:48 based on my best 5K time, so I’m pushing that a little (lot) bit. In all honesty, I will probably be happy with any PR, even if it is only a few seconds. And worst case scenario is that I get my geek on oogling Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio along the course!
I’ll leave you with the Mexican Chicken Mac and Cheese I made for dinner while I go figure out what the heck I’m wearing for this race tomorrow:
Cheesy cheesy cholula goodness. YUM. CHEESY.