Thursday Things

1. Runner’s World published an interesting article yesterday that suggests high levels of stress may make you more prone to injury. So maybe that’s why I’ve been in PT forever! In all seriousness, though, I’ve been stressed to high heaven more often than not this year, and I do wonder if that’s in some way contributed to my permanently-injured state.

2. Speaking of running, the Chicago Women’s Half is this weekend, and they announced some pretty major-and-not-in-a-good-way course changes…yesterday. Yikes. Can’t say I’m thrilled to have dropped $85 to run basically where I would have run for free this weekend anyway, but I guess that’s what happens when you try to host a race on downtown city streets. You’ve got to be pretty privileged and powerful (read: $$$$$) to do that (see: the Bank of America), so while I can’t say I’m wildly surprised, I can say I’m pretty disappointed. Whatever. It is what it is. Honestly, I’m more annoyed that they’re only holding packet pick-up in the South Loop. Blech.

4. Speaking of this weekend (killing it in the segue department today!), good heavens! It’s already Labor Day! I don’t have too many plans, other than the Chicago Women’s Half and dinner with my CARA group. And laundry. Definitely need to do laundry. Oh, and possibly meeting up with a friend from high school/college?

5. SPEAKING of friends from high school/college (sorry — I couldn’t help myself), the Internet makes me feel weird about the fact that I don’t keep in touch with my friends from that time in my life. I mean, I don’t actively work to keep my old friends out of my life, and if something comes up that makes it convenient for us to hang out, by all means! I’m more than happy to catch up with someone who endured me through my teenage years. But I’m pretty proud of myself if I manage to write on anyone’s Facebook wall for their birthday these days, never mind actually making any sort of legitimate effort to stay in touch. And…I don’t really feel bad about it. Actually, I only feel bad about it when I read about other people who do make an effort to stay in touch with their old friends. Then I’m all, “Is this something I’m supposed to be doing? Am I a bad person for not having the same best friend I had when I was 8?” It’s not like I’ve had any major–or even minor, to be honest–fallings out with any of my friends I grew up with. It’s more that I live in Chicago and they, well, don’t. (Also I’m single, and they’re, well, not, but one can only rant about the culture of young marriage in West Michigan so many times on one’s blog, so I’ll let that be 😉 ). I just moved on with my life, you know? We grew apart as our lives took us in different directions, and my friends now are people who make sense based on what I now do with my life (running friends, dance friends, blogging friends, general residing-in-Chicago friends, etc.). And isn’t that normal? Elementary/middle/high school bonded my friends from that period and me, but now I’m not in elementary/middle/high school, and I have different interests, different goals, different hobbies, etc. BUT THE INTERNET! The stupid, stupid Internet makes me feel like I’m a bad person for moving on with my life. Darn you, Internet!

6. And because a blog post without a picture is like a tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear it:


You’re welcome. #themoreyouknow

Labor Day Weekend plans?
Do you keep in touch with friends from your childhood?


21 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I can’t believe that course was announced YESTERDAY. I thought I had been slacking on caring about this race, but holy hell, that’s ridiculous. Since the “mag mile” part is in the first mile, it’s kind of like, what’s the point.

    And yes, I’m super annoyed about packet pickup, especially since I live in Mount Prospect. I asked my Twitter followers if any of them would do it for me and I’d meet them down on race day. Seemed easier that way.

    • Did you see in the bib confirmation e-mail that they’re letting people pick up their numbers at the race? I don’t really have anything going on on Saturday, so I’m probably still going to go down to packet pickup, but race day pickup might be a good option for you if you don’t have someone lined up to pick up your stuff.

      • I found another blogger to do it for me, but it’s nice that they offer the race day option. I don’t like how you don’t get the shirt until after the race, though, Why not just give me everything, and I’ll put it in my gear bag? Seems like I wouldn’t get the size I registered for.

  2. Yes! Finally, someone else who gets me friend-wise haha. My closest friends these days are people I met within the last year or two. I don’t even keep in touch with most people I want to college with and half of them are still around here. We just grew apart, and I’m ok with that. Elementary school? I have none (sans facebook…but for real, that doesn’t count). High school? Two. That’s it. And I’m fine with that. We all have our own lives and they don’t intersect much, which makes sense. I’m happy with the friends I have now, even if they don’t have quite the history I would with others…just means we can make plenty of new memories to fill the gaps 😉

    • Phew! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not in any way opposed to catching up with my friends from high school, but making a huge, concentrated effort to maintain friendship with people just because our high school diplomas say the same thing (and that’s about where the commonalities end) seems…not entirely worthwhile when I do have friends who have a LOT more in common with me right now.

  3. It kills me to pay a lot of money for races- I do it, because that’s what runners do, but I then think about how I LIKE just heading out and casually running 13 miles and spending 80+ on a race makes me cringe. You’re paying for the atmosphere too though! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it- or at least I hope so, despite the not so great changes 🙂

    I feel the same way about not keeping in touch with friends. I was actually having that conversation the other night with my roommates. I don’t have a lot of friends back home because I moved away and everyone kind of went their separate ways. We grow up and our interests change. I’d personally rather be friends with people I relate to based on what’s going in my life right now rather than my life 10 years ago, but it is kind of weird to think the people I spent the first 18 years of my life with are no longer a part of it.

    • The way I see it, I pretty much had to run that distance this weekend anyway (I had 12 on my marathon training plan), so it’s kind of whatever. I’m getting a shirt, medal, and tons of congratulations instead of a high five and having to hold a plank for a minute haha. Meh. It is what it is, I suppose.

      That’s basically exactly how I feel — I’d rather work on friendships with people who I have more in common with than just a high school alma mater. Of course, it’s a ton of fun when I do get together with old friends and we can reminisce on old times, but it’s also nice to have people who get what’s going on in my life right now, not just what happened in third grade.

  4. I heard a bit about the course change and right away knew that people would be disappointed. What a bummer.

    Don’t worry – I don’t keep in touch with anyone I know from growing up, or many college classmates. But I do work hard to keep in touch with my close friends that are nearby and those who live far away 🙂 They are just people I met outside of school. 🙂 But I think it’s okay that people move on and aren’t friends anymore! Just part of life!

    • I think I pulled up their Facebook page as soon as I found out about it and have been monitoring it ever since haha. I would not want to work for Fleet Feet right now! I mean, they seem to mostly be ignoring it, but I still wouldn’t want to have to deal with all the haterz.

      I totally agree that it’s part of life. To be honest, I find it a little more concerning when people are as far removed from high school as I am and still ONLY hang out with people from high school than it is to have people my age not hang out with their high school friends anymore! Though I guess that’s somewhat the nature of insular communities like where I grew up — people don’t leave and don’t change, so they keep hanging out with the same people.

  5. I don’t remember what the original half marathon course was but I’ve pretty much decided I’m done with running races that only go on the Lakefront path. Especially in the summer when CARA and Fleet Feet and others have water stations out anyway! Anyway, what did they change?

    Since I was in high school and college before Facebook was a thing I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to “friend” my friends from those days on Facebook when we still knew each other. Would I still be as close with them? Similar to you, most of my friends from those days that I DO still keep in touch with are married with kids and don’t live in Chicago. So, yeah, it’s not like we’ll be hanging out on the weekends anyway. Plus, I’m just generally bad at long distance relationships.

  6. The internet is such a love/hate relationship. It keeps you from moving forward because there’s always this constant opportunity to “reminisce” about the past but you’re actually comparing! It’s like that saying…”don’t compare your storyline to someone else’s highlight reel”. That works with other ppl and our own personal pasts. It’s so easy to think life was so much better back then because all you look back and see are fun pictures from college or something. But the present is where it’s at 🙂

  7. Bleh, I am super bummed about the Women’s Half tomorrow too. Not only the course change, but the shirt is different as it was listed on the site when I signed up as well. I mean, I’m still excited to be running tomorrow, I just wish they were transparent and upfront about these differences in the beginning (and maybe if they lowered the price of this race because of them too). This may be my first and last Women’s Half.

    Oh well, good luck tomorrow!

    • I’ve always been more of the “ask for permission rather than beg for forgiveness” mindset, and I kind of wish Fleet Feet had taken more of that sort of an approach to this race. I think people would’ve had a MUCH different reaction if they originally posted the LFT-version of the course and the so-so tank and then changed the course to city streets and the tank to something fancier (essentially, going from not-great to awesome) instead of the other way around (going from awesome to not-great).

      Hope you had a good race yesterday anyway! It was awfully warm out there!

  8. Ugh, that is annoying about the course change. Also, I am done with half marathons that run along the lakefront. Unless it is super cheap and a really cute medal but why pay $80 or some dollars when I can run for free?

    I live on the south side so I love packet pick up in the South Loop. I get annoyed having to go to Old Town because of traffic and parking.

    It is great that they offer race day pick up (love it when races do that) but yes give me my shirt too.

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