My life growing up in out in the country on a dairy farm was pretty fabulous and my life today in suburbia isn’t too shabby; however, a tiny part of me has always wished Bill and I had chosen to live in the city instead of the suburbs of Denver when we had the chance. Anytime we visit Chicago, I get to live that fantasy city life, even if only for a week at at time. This past week we snagged a short-term rental on the 29th floor of our son and daughter-in-law’s building and our view of the Chicago River, the Wrigley building, and Michigan Avenue never got old. 


While in Chicago, Bill and I celebrated our son’s MBA graduation from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he graduated with honors. We arrived early to enjoy several relaxing days before the rest of the family arrived for the weekend. Once everyone was in town we had a packed weekend of delicious food, fun, and all around celebration.


Our time in Chicago flew by and my head is still spinning as I try to remember all that we did. I have a slew of pictures on my iPhone and GoPro to look through, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing my favorites throughout the week on Instagram and on Thursday or Friday in a vacation recap.

The highlights of our trip, besides the graduation festivities, included visiting the Bean, going to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, chilling at the Tiki Hut along the Chicago River, and of course running along Lake Michigan on the Lakefront Trail.


As you can see, I spent a lot of time walking while in the city. I only recorded the sustained walks when I wore my Garmin or remembered to check the mileage on my Fitbit just before and after a long walk. Even though there was a really nice gym in our building, I didn’t make it up for a workout and instead did a few exercises in our apartment.


Looking ahead to this week, I’ll post a full recap of our trip on Thursday or Friday; and in case you missed it, on Wednesday I posted Seven Tips For Keeping A Positive Mindset On Aging as part of my monthly Wednesday Word linkup.


Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • Do you workout while on vacation? 
  • Where is your favorite place to run?
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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Happy Running! ~ Deb