This Sunday I completed my third Chicago Half Marathon! This race has a special place in my heart because it was my very first half marathon in 2011. Since then I've completed six half-marathons, and I'm totally hooked. I've learned that I prefer smaller races with fewer participants, but since this half is held on Chicago's… Continue reading Chicago Half Marathon
Today I ran the 360 Spring Ahead 10K trail run. This was my first trail race, and it was a lot of fun to mix things up. The trails weren't technically difficult, as the race went through the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve which is mostly turf and limestone trails, but I still liked the variation of terrain. The forest… Continue reading 360 Spring Ahead 10K
Last weekend Hubs and I went for a 5k run together. I planned this as my We Stand with Boston virtual 5k through Will Run for Bling and Charity. Proceeds from race registrations were donated to the One Fund Boston. It was important to me to show support for the Boston marathoners this year, and while… Continue reading We Stand with Boston 5k
I recently attended a Good Form Running Clinic. It was held at the Naperville Running Company...aka the "dangerous" store according to Hubs (at least when it comes to my shopping habits!). Two NRC experienced runners conducted the workshop. The principals we learned come from New Balance and Good Form Running. What is Good Form Running you… Continue reading Good Form Running Clinic
Today was race #3 in my 14 in 2014 Race Challenge. One step closer to completion! This morning I ran the Arbor Day 10k at the Morton Arboretum. I loved attending a local race. I rolled out of bed, fed pup, grabbed some coffee and left for the race 45 minutes before the start. What… Continue reading Arbor Day 10k at the Morton Arboretum
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Today was my very first 10k, and it was also my first "virtual run" via Will Run for Bling. I did my virtual run at the local gym, because: 1.) The race said treadmill running counts (I added a 1.5 incline to make it a little more challenging) 2.) It's frozen outside in Chiberia (yes,… Continue reading Puppy Love Run 10k
Today was the Super Shuffle 5k hosted by the Geneva Park District. It was a chilly 15 degrees for the run, but it felt exhilarating to be outside in the fresh air (that is until I couldn't feel my lips or ears...why do those always go numb first?). Chicagoland received 6+ inches of snow yesterday, and… Continue reading Race 1 of 14 – Complete!
I started keeping a training journal in November, and I absolutely love it. It's empowering to look back on past months and see what I've accomplished...and where I need to improve! This month my goal was to come back from being sick all of December, build my mileage and start cross training regularly. At the… Continue reading Training Journal
Running is a funny thing. You voluntarily wake before dawn on weekends, train in weather that makes most (sane) people stay indoors and feel your most badass when you lace up your favorite pair of running sneaks. And the funny thing is, one day you find yourself excited to do all of this. In a… Continue reading Live by Design, Not Default