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 →

In a word, wow. As in…WOW! What a great race this was! I’ve been investigating races and establishing goals in the past couple of years, with one of my goals being to run the Marine Corps Marathon, or the MCM. You can check out their website here. It seems like such an amazing race, lined with (hello!) Marines! Also known as The Marathon of the Monuments or The Peoples’ Marathon, the MCM is one of the largest marathons in the world. It also is one of the hardest to gain entry into, and has established a lottery system just for that opportunity. While investigating theRead More →

Why do people run? For some, the answer might be weight loss, for others, it might be to improve heart health and fend off coronary disease, and for others it may be to build strength and stamina. The answer to this question of course, is very individual and probably a combination of many factors. I’ve been involved in some form of exercise most of my life, from basic calisthenics in the home, to aerobic exercise tapes (did someone say, “Let’s Get Physical”?), to weightlifting, and everything else in between! My main reason for exercising always has been for weight loss or to maintain a certainRead More →

For the past couple of months, I’ve had to contend with a real pain in the butt. You know the one…that nagging thing (or person) that just won’t go away. It’s not that it’s necessarily horrible, it’s just that it’s always there. For me, it wasn’t actually a pain in the butt, but rather, a pain in the hip. In early November I slipped and fell down a few stairs and hit the side of my hip pretty hard. About three days later a big bruise externalized, so I knew whatever injury I had, it went deep. I was pretty sure, however, that I didn’tRead More →

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to recap the year. This was a big year for me, not because of any significant race or finish, but because this is the year I started to take my running seriously and actually considered myself a real runner. I completed a number of races, earning some serious bling. Given the fact that I have yet to set a time goal for any of my races, I can honestly say I ended the year quite happy with all that I accomplished. In total, I ran one 5K, one 10K, six half marathons, and one full marathon. NotRead More →

Many of us living in the Midwest did a lot of complaining about the heat and humidity this past summer. I sure did. It didn’t help that despite my best efforts, I couldn’t seem to get out for a run until at least 11:00 a.m., by which time the temperatures topped the 90 degree mark with humidity levels in the 80s. I pre-hydrated and planned my routes to include water refills. But still, there were many days where the heat got to me, especially on those long runs. It seemed the hot temperatures would never end. In fact, just 3 weeks ago I ran in shortsRead More →