The Urban Hike Chicago Patch


Bodyweight PT Starts at 8am (changed) for Spacca Black Dog

I’ve made a minor change and I’ll be at Eckhart Park at 8am Saturday, June 20th, for some Bodyweight PT. That’s a half hour earlier than originally noted. See the workout after the jump.

  • 20 reps each, one trip through
  • 3 burpees after each (51 total)
  1. Push-ups
  2. Squats
  3. Atomic sit-ups
  4. Alternate lunges
  5. Push-ups (round 2)
  6. Crabsters
  7. Planksters
  8. Squat jumps
  9. Yanos
  10. L sit scissors
  11. HIALS
  12. Plank toe taps
  13. Rocket girls
  14. Squat toe taps
  15. Sit-ups
  16. Side plank stars
  17. Side lunges

It should take less than a half hour. That gives me a half hour to cool down and stretch, and maybe change shirts, before meeting at Big Shoulders Coffee. I don’t expect anybody to show up for this and it’s technically not part of the hike. But I’m putting it out there, if you’re interested.


The Timing Details on June 20th Urban Hike Spacca Black Dog

Here are the estimated times on the upcoming 10 mile urban hike on June 20th that I’ve dubbed Spacca Black Dog (click for map).

  • 9:15am – Big Shoulders Coffee Arrive
  • 10:00am – Big Shoulders Coffee Depart
  • walk 5-ish miles
  • 11:30am – Spacca Napoli Pizzeria (lunch hour)
  • 12:45pm – Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room
  • 1:15pm – Begyle Brewing Tap Room
  • walk 5-ish miles
  • 3:00pm – Black Dog Gelato

You may notice that I haven’t included any bodyweight PT in the hike. Don’t worry, I’m still going to do it, but it’s going to happen before the hike. I’ll be at Eckhart Park at 8:00am and will be doing a half hour workout. I’ll post the workout separately.

There are some surprises on the way also, including free stuff! I’ll get back to you.


Valdez is Coming

This is a short Elmore Leonard western (232 pages) that I read in a day on the way back from vacation in the Mayan Riviera. It went fast and was a boat load of fun, which made the flight seem really, really short. That’s a great combo.


Burning Angel

This is not the James Lee Burke novel for the uninitiated. It’s complicated, obtuse, and mystical. I’m deep in the series, reading them in order, and I generally liked this one. I found my mind wandering at times, but there were several riveting passages.


They Came to Bagdhad

Sprawling Agatha Christie mystery that some classify in the spy thriller genre. It doesn’t include any of her regulars (Poirot, Marple, Tommy and Tupence). Fun read.


Timing Estimates for April 25th Urban Hike: Coffee, Cocktails, and Chicken

These are not guaranteed, but here’s what I’m estimating:

  • Big Shoulders 8:00am (that’s departure, I’ll be there at 7:30am, first 5 people get free coffee/espresso on me!)
  • Eckhart Park Workout 8:15am
  • Star Lounge 9:15am
  • Parson’s 10:00am
  • Honey Butter 11:30am
  • Harold’s 1:00 pm

I’ll refine these a little more as the week goes on.


A Mind to Murder

The second book in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P.D. James. Oh, I’ll read all of these at some point. This one takes place in a psychiatric hospital and you get to know all of the key players as the clues are released. Nice ending.


The Logo for April 25th Urban Hike: Coffee, Cocktails, and Chicken


Here’s the Workout for Coffee, Cocktails, and Chicken on April 25th

You may have heard about the 10 mile urban hike happening on April 25th called Coffee, Cocktails, and Chicken. You’re all welcome to come. You’re also welcome to come to a quick body weight PT session happening early on in the hike.

The body weight PT is optional. You can participate simply by showing up at the start time at Big Shoulders Coffee because we’ll do the PT shortly after within the first mile. It’s either going to be at Ekchart Park (Chicago and Noble) or Commercial Park (Wolcott, a block north of Chicago).

If you don’t want to participate, you can meet us immediately after at Dark Matter Coffee/Star Lounge at 2521 West Chicago, our second stop.

We’re keeping it simple, here’s the target workout:

  • 100 push-ups
  • 100 squats
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 50 burpees (thighs to ground, no jump)
  • 100 alternating lunges (50 each leg)

You can do more or you can do less. Doesn’t matter, nobody will be counting. We’ll max the time at 20 minutes. I did it today in 5 sets of 20-20-20-10-20 and it took me 19 minutes. Let’s not go overboard because there’s still 9 miles to walk after this and it’s early in the season. This will get more complicated as the season progresses.