This weekend’s weather was made for running, but as excited as I was to take advantage of the spring preview, my legs just weren’t feeling it. During Saturday’s windy 6.5-mile run, they felt like lead. And Sunday, just minutes in, I could tell that every step was going to take more effort than usual. Sometimes that’s just how it goes, so I stopped focusing on pace and detoured down to some trails along the Milwaukee River.
They were muddy, squishy and just what the doctor ordered. A very welcome break from paved sidewalks and bike paths. My favorite part about taking urban trails is spotting bright graffiti among the trees, especially now when the landscape looks brown and drab.
This little house with the billowing chimney and pink trim made me stop—and then peer over the outlook at the river below.
Farther down the trail, I was drawn to this dark (and sort of creepy) tunnel. On a sprightlier day, I would make a joke about how I crushed my run, but today was a slog. I was more than happy to distract myself with picture taking.
As a reward for forging through my trail run and giving my whole apartment a good scrub this afternoon, I bought Alaskan cod at the grocery store. Spicy breading and creamy cilantro-lime slaw turned it into this delicious dish. Seriously good. (Here’s the recipe from Pinch of Yum.)
YOUR TURN: How do you get through a case of the lead legs?