30 Degrees Difference

Greetings from Chicago! I’m saving a full report for when I get back and upload my pictures, but I wanted to post a quick update. We have really lucked out here because the weather has been simply gorgeous. The high has been in the 70s during the day with beautiful blue skies.

This morning, I went out for a run in downtown Chicago. I weaved through the city and headed out to the Navy Pier. The temperature was in the 50s went I left the hotel with minimal humidity. Now, even when I go running at 6am in Tallahassee, it’s usually already in the 80s and sticky. It’s amazing how much difference 30 degrees makes for running.

I had a thin jacket on when I got started and I only needed it long enough to get warmed up. The constant stream of a cool breeze kept my body temperature down so that I didn’t feel like I was going to spontaneously combust (a common feeling in the Tallahassee heat). It did take me slightly longer to warm up, but once I did, I was able to maintain my cruising speed for much longer without having to slow down when I got over heated.

I thought that I would be annoyed by having to wait for green lights, but all of the lights were pretty coordinated so I didn’t get caught at too many. When I was forced to stop, it was a nice little break, before I took off again. All in all, it was the best run that I had in a long time. I came back to the hotel after a handful of miles feeling refreshed and ready to go. Even though Tallahassee is a couple months away from cooling down, I’m eagerly anticipating the cool morning runs that await me in the not too distant future.

I have two more days in Chicago and I can assure you that I will hit the pavement on both mornings.

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