This past Sunday I ran the Destination Races Napa to Sonoma (N2S) Half Marathon for the second year in a row, and once again, it did not disappoint! The N2S is the premier race in the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon series. Other venues include Santa Barbara, CA, Purcellville, VA, Carlton, OR, Kelowna, BC, and Geyserville, CA. Thus far I have run N2S twice and Santa Barbara once. I love these races so much, I’ve made it my goal to run them all, and in fact, after last year’s race, I became a Destination Races Ambassador! Race registration opened on November 11th, and becauseRead More →

As I end week three of marathon training, I’m happy with the week despite not having met the goals as set out in my full marathon training plan. With a half marathon scheduled on Day 1 of Week 4, I purposely modified this past week of training so as not to overwhelm myself before the half. Besides, being the Great Procrastinator that I am, with 12 full weeks left before Chicago, I’m still way ahead of my usual game. The weather in Chicago this past week has remained brutally humid, which added an extra layer to my training. I stuck with the plan for theRead More →

This Sunday, I will be running (loose term) the Destination Races Napa to Sonoma (N2S) Half Marathon for the second consecutive year. This is a phenomenal race; so much so that it sells out in less than an hour. After all, who wouldn’t want to run a race whose course takes the participants through wine country and ends in a wine and music festival? I feel fortunate to have gotten a spot again this year. Stay tuned for what I’m sure will be a great review. You can read my recap of the 2016 race here. When I signed up for this race last year,Read More →

Week two of marathon training is in the books! Despite the fact that I am preparing for my 5th consecutive Chicago Marathon, this is the first time I have started a training program on time. It’s also the first time I’ve stuck with it to a tee. Of course, it’s only been two weeks, but for me, that’s an accomplishment! I admittedly am a huge procrastinator, but I also seriously do not have the time to commit to a full training program. But in reality, who does? For those of us whose full-time job is NOT running, we do what we can. To be honest,Read More →

You read that right, I am training for not one, but two marathons! On October 8th, I will be completing the Chicago Marathon for the 5th consecutive year (Hello, Legacy Finisher Status!), and then just two weeks later, on October 22nd, I will be completing the Marine Corps Marathon. You’ll notice I said completing, and not necessarily running. Let’s not get crazy here. Remember the tagline…Not a runner, just a marathoner. Chicago 2013 was my first marathon, and in fact my first race ever. My ‘training’ consisted of doing as much of the last 10 or so weeks of a 15-week training plan as I could.Read More →

Wow! In the blink of an eye, it’s time for the June installment of Let’s Wine! I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by. Have a seat with your favorite libation, and let’s review the month together! I’m more of a red wine lover, but in the summer months I do enjoy a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc as I prepare for dinner or while hanging out on my deck (or at the local Mariano’s, as the case may be). Some quick stats as I close out the month: Walking/Running:  53 miles Biking:  27.5 miles Gym Workouts:  6 hours Wine Consumption:  Waaay less than usual! Is that a goodRead More →

With the warm weather finally here, I’ve read multiple excellent posts about protecting oneself from sun and heat exposure as well as the importance of maintaining hydration while running in the hot summer months. While taking steps to prevent the harmful effects of running in the hot summer months is vitally important, I’d like to depart a bit and talk about safety. As the cold and rainy spring weather finally has broken in most parts of the country, people naturally are getting outdoors, and unfortunately, that also includes those with ill intent. Last May, while out running, I experienced what I will from hereon inRead More →

For the past few weeks, I’ve been having fun exploring ways to use my new toy, the Spydergrip. Haven’t heard of it? You can get the scoop…at least from my perspective…right here! Full Disclosure:  I like my Spydergrip so well, I am a Brand Ambassador! Ambassador or not, I leave my honest and unbiased review below: I first learned about the Spydergrip when I saw someone wearing one on an Instagram post. I was immediately intrigued, because I was in the market for a new piece of running gear to carry my phone and other necessities (ID, car key, a little cash, etc.), and itRead More →

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first installment of Let’s Wine! This section of the blog will continue to evolve over time, but for now, I plan to use it to sit down and relax over a glass (or two) of wine as I reflect on my progress over the month. Why not pour yourself a glass and join me in my journey? The weather in Chicago this month has run the gamut, to say the least! We’ve had temperatures as low as the mid-30s and as high as the high-80s, and everything else in between! We’ve also had our fair share of rain, whichRead More →

This past weekend I ran (loose term) the Destination Races (DR) Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, my second in the DR Half Marathon series. The 2016 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon (their premier race) was such an amazing experience, I made it my goal to complete all of the DR Wine Country halfs. Full disclosure: I am a Destination Races Ambassador. However, I was not an ambassador when I ran Napa to Sonoma, nor was I one when I signed up for this race. But I loved Napa to Sonoma so much, when a call for ambassadors was announced, I applied immediately! The WednesdayRead More →