Well, this will be a short post as there isn’t much to share! I already posted my recap of the Chicago Marathon last week, but since I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, I am including my final week of training for Chicago along with the miles logged for the actual marathon because in true me form, that was (and probably will be) my last run before the MCM! Sunday, 10/1:  12.1 mile run Monday, 10/2:  6.1 mile run Tuesday, 10/3: 12 hour work day Wednesday, 10/4:  5.1 mile run Thursday, 10/5:  12 hour work day Friday, 10/6:  Rest day! Saturday, 10/7:  2.1 mileRead More →

This is a sponsored post. I was given paid compensation and a pair of Zelus Olympus insoles in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own and should not be taken as health care advice. Always consult your health care provider with questions or concerns about your health and well-being. Hey, did you hear the one about the elite runner who ran the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon with his insoles hanging out of his shoes throughout most of the race? Ha! I wonder what the punch line is to that one! Oh yeah, there isn’t one. It actually happened. In 2015, Kenya’s Eliud KipchogeRead More →

I was given the opportunity to preview a new app called The Breathing App in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own and should not be taken as health care advice. Always consult your health care provider with questions or concerns about your health and well-being. Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Who doesn’t?! Most of us live stressful, fast-paced lives and if you are like me, you sometimes feel like you are barely keeping your head above water. Back when I was raising small kids, working, starting a business, studying for my PhD, and just dealing with anything else life would throw at me,Read More →

Race weekend has come and gone, but the memories will live on forever! Once again, the Chicago Marathon did not disappoint. Considering this is the only marathon I’ve ever run, I really don’t have a frame of reference, but as a World Marathon Major, it has the reputation of being one of the best. The 2017 Chicago Marathon was special for me not just because it was the 40th anniversary year, but also because it was my fifth consecutive year running it, making me a legacy finisher. Moving forward, as long as I finish five in a ten year period, I will have guaranteed entry to the race,Read More →

Well, leave it to me to wait until the last minute to (try to) kick my training into gear! I was so good in the beginning but dropped off quite a bit in the middle of my plan, so here I am in the past couple of weeks trying to play catch-up in the end! Nothing too crazy as I don’t want to overwhelm myself in the last two weeks before the Chicago Marathon. My stats for the week: Sunday, 9/24:  15.1 mile run Monday, 9/25:  12 hour work day Tuesday, 9/26: 12 hour work day Wednesday, 9/27:  27.5 mile bike/5.1 mile run    Read More →

September has come to an end, and what a fantastic month it has been! Sit back and relax with your favorite libation as I review my past month. Some quick stats as the month comes to a close: Walking/Running:  55.2 miles Biking:  27.5 miles Gym Workouts:  5 strength training sessions, 3 cardio Wine Consumption:  With the warm weather hanging around most of the month, I’ve really been enjoying the Sauvignon Blancs! I worked most of Labor Day weekend, but after 35 years in health care, I’m pretty used to holidays, nights, and weekends not being any different than any other day. I’ve been putting extra hours in at workRead More →

It’s the last Friday of the month and I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! Be sure to head on over to her blog and give her a virtual high five for finishing the Berlin Marathon last weekend! She had a few bumps along the road but she made it there and finished with quite the smile on her face. Cheers to you, Marcia! I runfess I am still riding on my happiness high after my son’s wedding on September 16th. We had four absolutely perfect days celebrating with the happy couple and friends and family. A sneak peek at their professional photos was published just today,Read More →

I can’t believe the Chicago Marathon is just two weeks away! As always, my training has been consistently inconsistent. With the weeks winding down, I’ve gotten a couple of long runs in, and now it’s time to taper. It has been unseasonably hot and humid in Chicago this past week and I am so hoping this heat wave will break before the big day. My stats for the week: Sunday, 9/17:  Post-wedding relaxation and Cubs game with the bride and groom and 30 of their friends and family! Monday, 9/18:  A much needed rest day! Tuesday, 9/19: 45 minute strength training Wednesday, 9/20:  15 mileRead More →

Welcome to my recap of the end of Week 12 of training, AKA a thinly veiled recap of my son’s wedding this past weekend! For those of you who have been following along, I’ve been sharing some of my excitement as the weeks have gone by, and we were not disappointed with the final celebration. It was an absolutely perfect weekend, but first, a little bit of training: Sunday, 9/10:  45 minute strength training followed by a 5 mile run Monday, 9/11:  12-hour work day Tuesday, 9/12:  Rest day Wednesday, 9/13:  Rest day Thursday, 9/14:  45 minute strength training Friday, 9/15:  35 minute cardio/10 minute strengthRead More →

The end of Week 11, and it’s time for the weekly recap.  I’m not gonna lie; it ain’t pretty.  I really thought I did more than I apparently did, but the Strava don’t lie! The (lack of) stats: Sunday, 9/3: 12-hour work day Monday, 9/4:  12-hour work day Tuesday, 9/5:  Unplanned rest day Wednesday, 9/6:  8-hour work day Thursday, 9/7:  I got nuthin’ Friday, 9/8:  45 minute strength training Saturday, 9/10:  35 minute cardio/10 minute strength training Oh well, take it all in stride and move on. This coming week will be lackluster as well with my son’s wedding coming up in just five (five!) days.Read More →