Today, I rekindled my love affair with Chicago. Let me just start out by saying that I have grown to love this city, even with its crushing traffic and horrible, long winters. But the amazing food, architecture, arts, natural beauty and mixed cultures make it a fantastic place to live. Armed with rare bearable winter temperatures, and sunny, blue skies, Christine and I took it upon ourselves to spend the day outside, strolling around downtown with no particular place to go. It feels like it has been ages since I last had some free time to do whatever I wanted for the day (being that marathon training took up 4 months of my free time), so it was just what my soul needed- to spend the day enjoying this fair city with a good friend.