Turkey Day Run Chicago 2015

Kathryn Schulz, a writer for the New Yorker, recently asked the question, what do we think about when we run?  The question is especially apropos of racing, which is all about execution, and which therefore requires a purposeful mindset and a well-considered plan of attack.  Indeed, for a race the more relevant question might be, what do we think about before we run?

As point in case, let’s rewind to Thursday, November 26, 2015.  It’s 7:35 AM Central Standard Time, and I’ve just pulled into a parking spot at the Lincoln Park Zoo, with the intention of racing the Turkey Day Run Chicago 5k….

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Turkey Day Run Chicago 2015

Running with the Wind

The weather station indicated a temperature of 39 F, intermittent rain, and gusty winds.  Not a nice day in the conventional sense, but for those so inclined, a chance to get outdoors and mix it up with nature.  In the back of my mind, I was thinking about the Yurok Indians of Northern California whose warriors would head out into the mountains during the stormy winter months to chase the Thunders, with the goal of demonstrating vigor and determination and, if they impressed the spirits, receiving special powers.

And so, I made my way to the paved trail that runs along the Chicago lakefront, but upon turning north, I found myself in for a rude surprise…

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Running with the Wind