Fitness, Good Reads, Quotes, Reading, Running, Yoga

A Metaphor for Life

This week I've been reading Haruki Murakami's memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and there's a passage that's deeply resonated with me. Sometimes folks wonder, "Why run?" Well, Murakami has the answer. "Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're… Continue reading A Metaphor for Life

Fitness, Running, Yoga

Running: The Forward Motion that Soothes the Soul

In the months leading up to a race I focus my time and energy on training, nutrition and sleep. I devour Runner's World Magazine the moment it arrives in the mail and I foam roll until the cows come home. After long runs I look super sexy in my tall, hot pink compression socks and Birkenstock sandals… Continue reading Running: The Forward Motion that Soothes the Soul

Fitness, Yoga

Yoga Under the Stars

Have you ever practiced yoga outside? What about under the stars?! This weekend, Hubs and I joined our friends for a yoga class at the Adler Planetarium. What an incredible experience! We practiced in the Grainger Sky Theater, and as we looked skyward we were greeted with incredibly beautiful pictures of the night sky, our galaxy and much… Continue reading Yoga Under the Stars

Fitness, Yoga

Everything in Moderation

Remember when we chatted about the yamas and niyamas of yoga? One I've been thinking about lately is brahmacharya - the practice of moderation. Brahmacharya (moderation, non-excess): Brahmacharya teaches us to recognize that moment of "just enough" so we don't move past it into uncomfortable excess. Maybe it's by pushing away the plate of french fries or… Continue reading Everything in Moderation

Fitness, Yoga

Let Your Inner Light Shine

Yoga teacher training is an incredible experience! Yoga is so much more than the physical movement, and it's been exciting learning about the eightfold path of yoga and how to extend my yoga practice off the mat. I find the below definition of the eightfold path from Yoga Journal to be insightful: "In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold… Continue reading Let Your Inner Light Shine

2014 Goals, Fitness, Running, Yoga

Chicago Half Marathon

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

Fitness, Pets, Running, Uncategorized, Yoga

Ch-Ch-Changes

This summer has been a time of transition. With my amazing husband's encouragement and support, I quit my established career to pursue my dreams. I like to call it my quarter-life-crisis...and it happened right on time, just months after my 25th birthday. I had the most supportive and encouraging colleagues when I worked in international… Continue reading Ch-Ch-Changes

Fitness, Running, Yoga

Busy, Busy!

The last few weeks have been busy ones in our household! Here's what we've been up to: LASIK Surgery First Wedding Anniversary Hubs' 25th Birthday 40 Day Yoga Challenge Marathon Training Commences! Registered for the Disney Princess Half Marathon! In the beginning of July I went under the knife (or laser as the case may… Continue reading Busy, Busy!