My joggling streak continues and it occurs to me that I haven’t reported on it for a while. I do keep track of my runs in a spreadsheet and also use the Runkeeper app to track them online, but I don’t write about my daily runs very often. So, today I felt like writing about a recent run. Not that anything special happened but I think I should
I had to joggle earlier than usual because we were hosting my nephews over the weekend and had to pick them up to take them to the Museum of Science and Industry.
Morning running is painful for me. This is mostly because when I wake up my plantar fasciitis (which has gotten significantly better) still hurts a lot. It gets better after about 30 minutes but morning walking can be excruciating.
For my 1340th day, I put on my running gear, picked up my joggling Gballz and headed out to the sidewalks of Chicago. It was hot and muggy. Even at 7:30 am, the sweat started beading up on my arms immediately. Fortunately, there was a cool breeze that made it more bearable.
I decided to go for a 2 miler as a kind of rest day and also because I felt tired. I’ve been feeling tired on most of my runs lately. Not sure why but perhaps it’s this heat.
When I got to the street corner of Western and North, the light was red and I had to wait for it to change. While waiting, I did a few juggling tricks for the people in cars stopped on North Avenue. They smiled. I like when people smile.
I proceeded east on North Avenue then made a turn north on Leavitt. This is a more quite street which has shade. When you’re running in 90+ degree heat shade is nice.
About a half mile into my run the pains had worked themselves out and I could focus on my podcast. I was listening to an interview of the author of a book called Liars and Outliers. It sounded interesting. The author wrote the book about the scientific studies which have been done to look at how people’s views on money, greed and cheating are affected by their social status/class. It turns out, richer people do cheat more often. Somehow I wasn’t surprised, although I do remain skeptical about such studies as human behavior studies are inherently questionable.
During the rest of the run I steadily cruised along the sidewalk throwing the juggling bean bags in front of me and occasionally throwing one high over a branch or No Parking sign. I love the feeling when I land a trick like that.
By the end of my run I was dripping sweat from my visor. I didn’t feel particularly winded but did feel energized from the chemicals stirred up in my blood. It’s one of the big benefits of joggling every day. As I approached my condo I saw my wife leaving for work. I gave her a kiss, bid her farewell and headed back inside. But the podcast wasn’t quite finished and I was dripping sweat so I quickly poured a glass of iced tea, walked out to my back balcony and sat on my chair outside.
A nice finish to my 1340th day of joggling.