Today’s run was awesome for two reasons:
1. It was the first 70s-and-sunny day in Milwaukee this year.
2. It was the first time I ran to my new ’80s playlist. (This one right here!)
Honestly, how can you not feel joyful while running beside sparkling Lake Michigan to “Come On Eileen”? The only thing that could make it better would be a neon color-block windbreaker, which I am sadly lacking. There are almost 2 1/2 hours of music on this list, so I suspect I’ll be listening to it a lot during long marathon training runs this summer. Get ready, Paula, it’s gonna be you and me together. Oh, oh, oh.
My 6-miler today was the perfect way to start my weekend. I always forget how Milwaukee comes to life when the weather warms up. Do people in southern California take full advantage of their sunshine? Because Wisconsinites freak out when it’s above 50 degrees after a chilly early spring, and if it’s 70+ out, this happens…
It was like TRL on spring break. The beach was filled with college students from UWM, many in swimsuits playing volleyball. Another simple pleasure Milwaukeeans enjoy when the weather is nice: kites. We have the cutest little kite shop along the lakefront and plenty of kite festivals, because why not?
Maybe it was the Hall & Oates tunes or maybe it was the presence of so many people along my route, but I felt so smiley and strong on my run today. I even stopped to smirk for a selfie near a sculpture downtown that I’ve never really liked.
Though I’m not officially training yet, I have a good feeling about marathon no. 3. Even on fun runs like today’s, I’ve been averaging about 8:30/mile. Before Chicago Marathon training, I hadn’t been running as regularly and was closer to 9/mile. But splits aside, I feel awesome. And that’s the best part.
YOUR TURN: What is your city like in the spring?