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

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Fitness, Running

Slow and Steady

  Holy guacamole, do I love running! It can be easy to forget after an unplanned hiatus (well hello there, stress fracture and bronchitis), but I'm grateful for these experiences because they're giving me the opportunity to fall in love with running again ❤ And it's been an incredible experience thus far to witness my… Continue reading Slow and Steady

Fitness, Running

Operation First Marathon, Complete!

Thank you for everyone who supported me this past fall! Together we raised $605 to support A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville, IL. I was totally blown away by everyone's willingness to support this venture - so to all of you, a million thanks! And to top it off, I completed my first marathon. Waaahooo! The… Continue reading Operation First Marathon, Complete!

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, Pets, Running

Spring Training…Commence!

Spring training is officially underway! Hubs and I are running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May, and we've logged a full week of training thus far. I always enjoy our runs together. It's the perfect time to touch base, encourage each other (especially when my legs feel like lead!) and share the feeling of… Continue reading Spring Training…Commence!

Fitness, Running, Running New Places, Travel

Disney Princess Half Marathon – Escape from Chiberia

Where's the most magical place on earth? Why, I do believe it's Disney World! My best friend, T, and I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon this past weekend, and I'm so glad we planned to run this race together. We signed up waaaaaay back in early 2014 when registration opened, and it's a good… Continue reading Disney Princess Half Marathon – Escape from Chiberia

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

Running

Spring Training…Commence!

This weekend I scheduled some upcoming races, and officially began training for my first half marathon this spring. I'm still registering for some of the races because registration fees add up quickly, but it feels great to have a plan!Upcoming races:Lisle Chamber Spring Sprint 10k - March 9Fun Run in Color 5k - April 5Foodie 5k -… Continue reading Spring Training…Commence!