Thursday Things

1. I went to a wedding this past weekend, and the couple picked quite the venue!

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The wedding was at the Field Museum, and o.m.g. It was AMAZING. Obviously the ceremony itself was stunning. If you’ve ever been to the Field Museum, you know how incredible the Stanley Field Hall (the main part of the museum when you enter) is. Soaring ceilings, sculptures, arches, columns, a titanosaur: it’s impressive regardless of whether or not it’s been decorated for a wedding.

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But what I especially loved (aside from seeing the couple, celebrating their union, and all the things you do at a wedding regardless of the venue) was that we had the ENTIRE museum, aside from special exhibits, to ourselves, and were free to roam through them as we pleased (as long as we didn’t bring food or drinks into them). Don’t want to socialize during cocktail hour? Go look at some gemstones! Tired of dancing? Go visit the dinosaurs! There were only about 150 people at the wedding, which, given the size of the museum, basically amounted to having the place to ourselves. Once again, if you’ve ever been to the Field Museum, you know that normally it’s quite crowded (not to mention $$ to get into). Seeing the exhibits without hordes of other visitors was insane! I mean, look at this picture I took of SUE:

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There are no humans in it! At all! That is not how things ever go at the Field Museum! 10/10, would recommend making friends with a couple with a wedding booked at the Field Museum.

2. It took exactly two commutes in my car to come to the conclusion that driving to and from work is the absolute worst, and anyone who thinks otherwise can only possibly think so because they haven’t had access to reliable, thorough public transportation.

Last Thursday was the first time I ever drove to work for a “real” job (i.e.: not a summer job), and I would like to formally retract any complaint I ever lodged against the CTA over the past seven years. Sure, the CTA has its issues, and when you’re waiting in subzero temperatures for a train to show up, or open up Transit Stop to see that the next bus won’t arrive for another 25 minutes, or have to try to get around on a Sunday when the train line you normally use is closed for the weekend AGAIN, it’s easy to see the appeal of driving vs. relying on an underfunded transportation authority to get you where you need to go. But here’s the thing about public transportation: once you get on it, you can check out. I mean, yes, you should have a basic awareness of what’s going on around you from a safety standpoint, but if you want to play on your phone, read a book, or just watch the world go by outside your window for the duration of your trip, you’re free to do so.

Not so with driving! My normal habit on Friday afternoons was to pull up Facebook as soon as I left the office (I try to stay off Facebook and Twitter on weekdays) and scroll through it mindlessly my whole commute home, and it occurred to me last Friday that that would not be an option, as I had to drive my car. There would be no checking out, no daydreaming, no blankly watching the world pass me by. I’d have to stay mentally engaged for another 35-40 minutes while I navigated heavy machinery past other heavy machinery at high rates of speed–and of course, I had to do that on the way to work as well. Instead of having to be “on” for eight hours (plus a 30 minute lunch), I now had to be “on” for closer to 10 hours.

What a scam! Who’s bright idea was this?! As far as I’m concerned, the autonomy/independence you gain from driving your own vehicle does not even come CLOSE to outweighing the luxury of going immediately into weekend mode the second you walk out of the office on Friday. I, a definite introvert, would rather be on a train with a bunch of strangers I can ignore in favor of my phone/book/the scenery than alone in my car but constantly thinking about what I have to do next to get to my destination safely. I’m now convinced the only reason cars caught on (and stayed caught on) is because public transportation outside urban centers (and sometimes, in urban centers) in the United States is so poor that most people don’t realize what they’re missing.

3. I’m so bummed out about the weather 😦 I have to be in the city tonight, so I thought I was going to be able to sneak in one more run commute between work and my event this evening, but then it had to go and be 90 million degrees with a heat index of 1903823494239834, so no run commute for me 😦 I’ll be attempting to do yoga in my old apartment instead (“attempting” because my landlord has ripped up most of the carpet now that we’re 99% moved out, so most of the place is just wood floors, and not the nice kind – the “need to wear shoes at all times inside, staples sticking out of it,” kind. But there’s a little area that still has carpet, and I think I could do yoga there.

That being said, I wish CARA would cancel our long run on Saturday. I really doubt it’ll happen–the fact that they sent out an email yesterday specifically saying they won’t cancel doesn’t do much to raise my hopes–but I’m still crossing all my fingers and toes just in case. I don’t understand how running through an Excessive Heat Warning is better than calling it off, especially on a cutback week, especially so early in marathon season, especially since as a group leader, I don’t have the option of not showing up if I feel like it’s not safe to run (spoiler alert: if it’s going to be as hot as they’re saying it’s going to be, I’m not going to feel like it’s safe to run). Of course, who knows what the temperature will actually be on Saturday, so maybe all my righteous indignation is for nothing. That would be a first 😛

2 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I can’t understand why so many people in the running community have this warrior complex about running in extreme conditions. Like, at some point it isn’t just “mind over matter” BS – there are actual medical and scientific reasons why it’s not OK to run in certain conditions, especially if you’re planning to run for an hour or more. I hope your run club comes to your senses and cancels the run!

    A wedding in the museum sounds amazing. Although now that I’m planning and paying for my own wedding, I’ve totally become *that person* who sees these awesome weddings and all I can think is “lordy how much did THIS cost?”

    • Exactly. Sure, there’s something to be said for running in less-than-ideal conditions in terms of building endurance, grit, perseverance, etc. But there’s a big difference between less-than-ideal conditions and dangerous conditions, and running in dangerous conditions doesn’t make you stronger: it just puts you in danger. So far every indication is that the run will go on as planned tomorrow, and I’m furious that my safety is going to be compromised for the sake of one out of 17 pre-marathon long runs.

      I kept wondering about the cost, too! I don’t even want to think about it. I’m sure whatever it was was WAY beyond my budget!

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