2. I ran this morning before work for the first time in a long time and it felt so damn good. I have this little loop that's just about 6.5 miles. It's starting to get cooler in the mornings and this is the time when I feel like I reemerge as a runner. All summer I'm concerned about fitting in all the sports, balancing indoor trainer time with real-life pursuits and open water swims. Now I just get to go out and run for the hell of it. And an 8:32 overall pace for a leisurely run convinces me I didn't lose it all chasing down triathlon dreams.
3. As much as I love fall (because I'm your basic suburbanite), I'm still sad to see summer go. We had such an abbreviate version and winter was so crappy that I'm sure it's only a matter of weeks before I'm longingly looking out the window at my snow-covered, brand-new composite deck wondering when I can actually start using it. In honor of this summer sendoff. Lakeshore Beverages is hosting a #LongLiveSummer block party next Friday and Saturday. They're raffling off four VIP passes to the 312 Goose Island Block Party, along with a Goose Island record player. I loved Goose Island and have waited in line for Bourbon County in very cold Black Friday weather, so I'm excited to enjoy some pints of this stuff in the sunshine. Enter now and join me maybe?