I’m finallllly home after a visit to Boston for work and Chicago to see my family. I was gone 11 days which felt like a long ass time to be out of my routine. This morning I was so happy to drink coffee from my favorite coffee mug. I even enjoyed my commute to work because it was peaceful alone time. Don’t get me wrong – I had a blast while I was gone, but there’s nothing like being home.
Let’s back up and recap the trips.
SAN > BOS
Boston was the perfect combo of work and fun. I went with my colleague, Kylie, and it was basically like a 5-night adult sleepover. We stayed up way too late laughing and talking in our pretend Boston accents (which we found hilarious). When we werent’ working, we were eating an obscene amount of delicious food.
I went running along the Charles River while Kylie followed behind on one of those city bikes for 10 awesome miles. The weather was perfectly crisp and the trees were insanely gorgeous in all their fall glory. I was super excited to squeeze in a double digit run while I was there.
We hit up Sweetgreen, Dig Inn and a few other trendy health food spots along with our first SoulCycle class. We visited more than one Boston Whole Foods, several bars, a few fancy (and pretentious) coffee shops… so yeah, I guess you could say we ate and drank our way through the entire city. The North End, the South End, Back Bay, Downtown, Cambridge, Beacon Hill, you name it. It was really a little Tour de Boston, if I do say so myself.
BOS > CHI
From Boston, I flew into Chicago where Brittany was landing at the same time from San Diego. My mom picked us up and hauled us to Spring Grove where my sisters live with a pit stop at (you guessed it) Whole Foods. This is our routine when I visit because there aren’t a whole lot of options up in their neck of the woods. We ended up eating pizza three days in a row – hence I was super glad I’d stocked up on some healthy goods beforehand.
My days in Spring Grove involved tons of quality time with my boatload of nieces and nephews. My sisters are really fertile, you guys. 🙂 I loved every second of waking up with the littles, cuddling them, playing in the leaves (or as my niece Sophia says, the “weafs”) and waiting at the bus stop for them to get home from school. I do not get enough time with these kids so I tried to soak up every minute.
On Friday, while the kids were all at school, I drove up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a longer run. Lake Geneva is only a 15 minute drive from my sister’s house and it’s the place we used to go every summer as kids. Lake Geneva is a charming town on a beautiful lake surrounded by the most beautiful homes. There’s a 23 mile path that goes around the entire lake. Parts of the path are made of single track dirt trails covered by trees while other parts go directly through the yards of some of the most spectacular mansions. The cool part is that it’s all open to the public.
I saw a lot of people out walking around the lake but I was the only runner. Strange, right? I made it 14 miles and then my sister and Brittany met up for lunch. I showed Brittany around the town and pointed out all the spots we went as kids. We bought some fudge, looked at some houses and then headed back.
One night we made homemade pizzas with the kids. Another night, my sister had a little party. And the last night, we watched the Cubs make it to the World Series. We eventually said good-bye to the fam and took a train into the city, just us two. The Airbnb we rented was in the perfect spot near the lake and close to restaurants, Wrigley Field and of course, a Whole Foods. 😉 We met up with my friend (who also happens to be a runner I coach) and her husband for some deep dish pizza. It was AMAZING.
We were so exhausted from all the time with the kids that we found ourselves in bed with a netflix documentary on by 9 p.m. SOOO lame for our one night on the town. This is what happens when you hit 30 (and it’s probably even more likely if you have kids because those little f*ckers are tiring!)
We woke up early on our last day because I was set on getting one last run in on the lakefront path. This is where I used to do most of my running when I lived in the city. Brittany rented a city bike for an hour and rode with me. I’m so glad she did because there are some gorgeous Chicago views from that path. It was the perfect way to end our quick downtown visit.
CHI > SAN
It’s a good sign when you get back home and feel so grateful to be there. In just a short amount of time, I missed my friends, the beach, my favorite salad from Tender Greens, my running trails, and San Diego’s killer sunsets. I used to be such an avid traveler, but these days, it feels really good to be home.
I was pretty excited to be back in the office today (always a good sign) and SOOO stoked about my sunset run with Sheri. I’m back to the daily grind and not mad about it one bit.