I’m home again after a quickie trip to the Chicago ‘burbs and back. My husband’s family is from there, so I’ve spent a decent amount of time in the area over the years.
Which is why I am astounded that I had never discovered this before:
I almost ran on the hotel treadmill on Saturday morning. Almost. It was 28 degrees outside, and although the sun was shining, I’d neglected to pack tights. And the thought of running around the area’s subdivisions with numb purple thighs was almost as unappealing as pounding the mechanical belt.
I’m so glad I decided to sack up and run outside, though. Quite by accident, I stumbled upon this gorgeous trail.
Apparently the Illinois Prarie Path has several branches that run all over the western suburbs. How have I been missing this all of these years?
My legs were a little chilly, but my feet were toasty inside these Gore-Tex Nike Pegasus sneaks that I got a couple of weeks ago. I’ll admit: I totally brought them because they seemed to look relatively un-dorky with the jeans and hoodie I wore to the airport on Friday (I travel in style!) but they were great for crunching through frosty leaves, too.
Anyway. I ran eight lovely miles and was back in time for breakfast. It was a gorgeous day and I’m so glad I got out to enjoy it before spending the rest of the day trapped in a conference room.
(At least there were chocolate rocks in the conference room!)
And, lastly, no out-of-state trip is complete without local beer.
Three Floyds is actually an Indiana operation, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sample one of their beers, having seen them featured regularly on Marie’s blog before she went and got herself knocked up. The Pride & Joy is an American Pale Ale that’s billed as a “Mild Ale” – mild referring to the relatively low alcohol content, not the flavor. Because there was lots going on, flavor-wise: perky hops, puckery pine, summery grass, and even a little sweet citrus fruit. Lots of bubbles. It was the sort of beer that made you kind of want to hold it in your mouth for a while (shut up) so you could process everything that was going on with it. Very interesting, very enjoyable. 5% ABV.
Bottom line: Definitely worth trying if you can find it! (Purchased at a bar in Naperville, $6/12 oz)
Overall, it was a pretty good weekend. And the dry cough that was bugging me all week last week has disappeared, so guess who gets to make up that 20 miler tomorrow?