So I went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo instead.
Friends were busy working or had other plans, so after dressing comfy and lathering on the sunscreen I just went alone. One of the things I love about the Cleveland Zoo is that they allow you to bring in your own food. I packed some chips, clementines, and a granola bar. On the way over, I stopped at Subway and got a 6 inch veggie on flatbread to complete the meal. I also brought one of my (many) reusable water bottles, which was good because it was a hot day and I drank the full 24 oz twice.
The last time I went to the zoo was over a year ago, before the new Elephant Crossing had opened. And, luckily, despite it being a gorgeous day it wasn't too busy so I was able get up close to all of the exhibits.
The reason for the spontaneous visit was two-fold: on the one hand I, naturally, didn't want to waste the beautiful day. But I also wanted to scope out the route for the 5K I'll be running at the end of June. The zoo has some intimidating hills and I wanted a good sense of what I'll be running in advance. The hills are still a bit intimidating, but I think it will still be fun running through the park and around the animals. Participants also get free admission into the zoo after the 5K is over.
When I arrived it was hot and sunny. As the day wore on it turned cool and overcast, eventually raining for about 20 minutes. I was walking down the big hill when it started and camped out under an awning near the Australian Adventure section of the zoo.
By the time the rain let up I'd been there for almost three hours and was definitely feeling it. I left the Rainforest for last, which sounded good in theory except for the part where after walking around outside in the heat for three hours I was pretty worn out. I did walk through the first floor of the Rainforest, but I didn't really pay any attention and skipped the second floor and just headed to my car. Note to self for next time!
Since I go so infrequently, I always forget how amazing our zoo is. I think it's one of the city's most under-appreciated gems. As a child I always loved going to the zoo on a class field trip and even now, eating near the lions is still my favorite lunch spot when I'm visiting. One of these days I'll get around to buying a membership.
|Happy Memorial Day!|
I did keep my MapMyRun app on while I was there, set to "walk" of course, instead of "run." I paused it while eating lunch and waiting for the rain to let up, but when I was finished I had walked something like 4 1/2 miles over the few hours that I was at the zoo. Not too bad and it more than makes up for the run I missed. It also made me feel fully justified in spending the rest of my Sunday on the couch watching Dawson's Creek.
It also makes up for last week's small gain: I lost 2 1/2 lbs this week, bringing my total to 85.4! I'm just about at the weight that has always been the smallest I remember being and my 100 lb reward tattoo is a mere 15 pounds away!
Today was spent cleaning and packing since I'm going to be out of town next weekend for my cousin's ordination. I also spent some time hanging out with friends on a porch in Lakewood and I hope you all enjoyed the holiday and day off!
Love from the ashes,