Best Run

Milwaukee Art Museum Santiago Calatrava

I pulled on my running tights and debated between a long-sleeve and a short-sleeve shirt. Jacket – yes, definitely a jacket because it’s windy out. Pulled on my hat and gloves, tied my shoes and headed out the door.

My first few steps were tentative, testing out my foot and waiting for it to talk back to me. The wind greeted me immediately and the sun streamed down on me. It felt good to feel the sun on my skin but I wish I remembered my sunglasses.

I rounded the corner by the red lighthouse and passed a line of men who were out fishing in Lake Michigan. I continued to wait for my foot to speak up in protest but as I entered the park behind the Summerfest Fair Grounds, I turned up my music a notch. It was a gorgeous day. I took off my hat and stuffed it in my back pocket and settled into my run.

Lakeshore park Milwaukee

I ran along the shore of Lake Michigan and towards the art museum. God, I love the structure of the art museum. It’s probably one of favorites. It resembles the shape of a ship about to launch into the lake and also a bridge connecting the lake to the city.

I made my way around the museum and out along the other side of the lake. My run felt easy and effortless, like my feet where skipping along the pavement. Wind, sun, air, fresh air – that’s all I wanted.

I turned around a little past the two mile mark. I didn’t want to push it but I felt good.

Milwaukee Art Museum

As I approached the museum, the wings of the building started to open. In all my past visits, I’ve never seen this. (I stopped to take a yoga picture or two.) I rounded the shores of the lake again and made my way back to my cousin’s apartment.

This was definitely my best run recently. 4 miles at 9:20 pace. The runs following an injury always feel the sweetest. There’s a sense of gratitude that infuses those runs and makes me thankful for every moment and every step. Those are the best runs.


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What has been your best run recently? Do you stop and take pictures along your run too?

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  1. says

    This sounds great!! I usually just push through on a run but lately if I see something beautiful I stop to capture it with a photo! Yesterday at my race we got to the top of the bridge and I stopped at took a picture…it was too beautiful not to!
    Fancy Nancy recently posted..Monday Motivation…#BestRunMy Profile

  2. says

    Pretty pics! I’m so glad we’re both feeling better – I’m definitely trying to not push it and worry about the time I’m out there vs the mileage if I can – stretching and ice have been my best friends!

  3. says

    3.6 miles of hills in the sunny Southern California mountains yesterday. Not my best time, not my best performance, but the first hills I’ve run in two months as I took several weeks off to try to heal Achilles tendonitis which has been plaguing me for a year.

    In the last week I’ve managed two runs with no pain, so my fingers are crossed!

    I don’t stop for pictures, though I probably should. I just take myself a little too seriously on my runs, even though I’m not much of a runner!
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    • admin says

      It’s funny. I used to NEVER ever take pictures during my runs because I thought that real runners don’t stop. I’m not sure what changed my mind – maybe just an excuse to get in a little walking break? haha. I always have really amazing runs when I’m in California. Something special there and I hope that your Achilles is feeling better.

  4. says

    This is so beautiful!!! I typically don’t carry my phone with me unless it’s early in the AM (and dark out) so I don’t get the opportunity to take a lot of pictures. I used to after AJ was born b/c I was a worried first-time mom and always needed to be connected to whoever was watching him in case I had to run back home b/c he was hungry! I loved taking pictures then and wish sometimes that I did have my phone with me!
    So happy to hear that you had a wonderful run!! Pain free is THE BEST!
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    • admin says

      It really was a lovely run. I used to think that it was crazy that runners stopped and took pictures along their run but there are some really special moments you can only capture while on your run, you know? Fingers crossed for continued pain free runs.

    • admin says

      Thank you!! I get lots of crazy looks when I’m out running and then stop and take some random yoga photo. haha.

    • admin says

      Wait, you’re in Milwaukee? I didn’t know that. I literally was there for just a few days and laying low with my cousin. I know that I’ll be back there sometime in the near future and will definitely let you know.

  5. says

    Great pictures! Even if they’re not of you running :-). I’m so happy that you had a great, pain-free run.

    I love running along the water, that always helps make it a best run for me. My most recent best run was along the Pacific Ocean.
    Debbie @ Live from La Quinta recently posted..My #BestRun.My Profile

  6. says

    That building is amazing to look at! Sounds like an good run indeed. You’re gorgeous in those yoga poses, can’t wait for you to teach me a few when we met at The Blend Retreat! YES, I just typed that! you will be teaching me yoga posses in person! SO excited to met you!
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted..Running in Southern CaliforniaMy Profile

  7. says

    Milwaukee! I visited last year & want to return for a run. Glad you had a great one! And thanks for the post inspiration. And no- I don’t usually take photos. Phone/camera’s too big too carry, most of the time, But I do shoot photos on my walks.
    Arah recently posted..A best runMy Profile

  8. says

    This is like poetry. I love your writing here:) I have to say that my #bestrun this week was this morning. It finally felt like spring. The birds were chirping the chill morning had promise of a warm day and I ran down a road I’ve never run before. I explored. I love when my feet take me somewhere new. It was fresh in so many ways. Made me love the run.
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  9. says

    I should really stop and take more photos on my runs. I’m always so focused on my run, that I don’t like stopping, and interrupting my pace. I’m a little competitive with myself, in that regards. You’ve inspired me to try to enjoy my surroundings more, on scenic runs!
    E recently posted..getting back at itMy Profile

    • admin says

      I’m definitely like that most of the time. OK pretty much all of the time but I’m learning to let go a little bit more and it’s helped me to appreciate my runs and to take it all in.

  10. says

    There is NOTHING that compares to a run like this — especially after coming back from injury, the sheer gratitude and joy is unbelievable and so, so worth the wait. Isn’t it? SO glad you had this run!!
    Jess recently posted..Remembering capabilities.My Profile

  11. says

    Nice! My first 5k on the treadmill after I had started running again (after many years) was my best so far. It just felt good – even on a treadmill. I can’t even remember what the pace was. These kinds of runs make up for so many others that take a wrong turn somewhere. It’s why we run :)
    Amy @ Mommy Rodeo recently posted..Sometimes race day just goes awry.My Profile

  12. says

    My recent best run was yesterday morning, on Oak Island NC – 4 miles on the beach right by where the water breaks. And I ran faster than usual too! I love those “best runs” – I’m glad you have had one recently too.
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    • admin says

      It’s so true Jill. I kept waiting for something to not feel right or my body to talk back to me. But once I felt comfortable, my shoulders dropped down from my ears and I just relaxed and ran. It was wonderful.

  13. says

    I LOVE this!! It made me happy just imaging that run and how glorious it felt. My first outdoor run after ITBS was probably the most glorious for me, as it just felt joyful to run. and my legs felt strong and sturdy, and my breathing also felt great…the ones that just…go. Ya know? Best feeling ever!
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    • admin says

      Definitely the best feeling ever. Joy is a great way to describe it. I’m so glad that you are back to running and loving it too!

    • admin says

      Thanks! I often feel silly when I’m doing them but I’ve pretty much have no shame anymore. The poor man I asked to take the first picture totally thought I was nuts. He thought that I just wanted a nice picture with the museum! haha.


  1. […] For a while, we used to travel to Milwaukee every summer around the 4th of July to visit my cousin. It seemed like a good time to go – summer (warm weather vs. freezing cold Midwest winters), Summerfest, and a long weekend. Inexplicably, my husband and kids fell in love with Milwaukee. Then again, I guess I have too since I elected to travel here by myself earlier in April. […]

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