|Lincoln Park, Chicago|
Not having much to write about today, I thought I would revisit another of the regular morning running courses from my past. Between 1987 and 1990, I held joint responsibility with a colleague for setting up the North American operation of my company in Chicago. For a while, my colleague, who was based in Stockholm (I was based near London), and I alternated our time in Chicago and mostly stayed in a corporate apartment we leased.
Prior to this assignment, I had only visited Chicago once, briefly, and didn’t hold it in very high regard. However, as I spent more time there I grew to love it and now rate it as one of my favourite cities. I liked the cleanliness and professional bustle of the city, the friendliness of the people, and its classical stone buildings offset by the towering skyscrapers. Tucked away everywhere were atmospheric little bars and bistros. From our apartment on the southern edges of the central business district, I also grew to love my regular Chicago early morning run.
|Along the Lake Michigan waterfront|
For five kilometres the route followed perfectly flat concrete paths along the Lake and I can remember flying along here, passing joggers at speed on my good days. At the southern end, the path was squeezed between the busy multi-lane Lakeshore Drive and the Lake and one winter I vividly recall being hit hard in the chest by the stream of snow blasted from the side of a snow plough travelling the opposite direction along the Drive. I could see it coming but there was nowhere to go.
|The Chicago waterfront on a windy day|
The last part of the run crossed the open parks in front of the Art Institute of Chicago and back to the city and the apartment.