While in Chicago, I had the opportunity to do a Long Slow Distance run along Lake Shore Drive–LSD on LSD.

Thanks I’m sure to the carb-load at Giordano’s Stuffed Pizza (2 pieces and I was stuffed!), I felt strong throughout the run, and I was blessed with perfect cool weather and gorgeous scenery. 

As I ran, I took in the city in a way I never could have imagined when I lived there 20 years ago. Those were the days when I had a note to keep me from running in gym class due to asthma. Despite being valedictorian, I was in danger of not graduating because I was failing gym!   Oh, how things have changed!  The 3-mile run (walk for me) that constituted “Torture Tuesdays” is now the shortest distance I run. If you had told me 20 years ago that I would run 20 miles along Lake Shore Drive, I would have thought you were completely mad. God of the Impossible is amazing like that. 😉
He showed up on this run, too. 

The lake was calm that morning, and I was reminded of the 23rd Psalm: He leads me beside still waters…

And despite running a brand new route with multiple possible deviations going out and back, my run ended here at 20 miles on the dot! Providence!