Everyone remembers their first time~~the anticipation, the planning; the fear of the unknown. For most people, the first time can be an exhilarating as well as an intimidating experience, but there is, of course, the sweet prize at the end; the glorious finish. There is a huge sense of relief, of satisfaction, and for most, at least some degree of pain. I’m talking, of course, about my first race—the 2013 Chicago Marathon! As you might have read in an earlier post, I entered the world of running somewhat serendipitously. Now that I’ve started to share my experiences as a runner, I thought I would write a recap of that very firstRead More →

For those of you have been living under a rock or out exploring space for the past two weeks, the Chicago Cubs just captured their first World Series title in 108 years. Back in February, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was quoted to have said to the team, ‘Embrace the Target’. The team carried that mantra with them throughout what is undeniably the best season in baseball history. But is it? According to Reuben Fischer-Baum, this year’s Cubs team ranks 70th amongst baseball’s historically most dominant teams. 70th??? Wow. I guess you don’t have to be the best to be the best. Maybe this team isRead More →

I am not a writer—at least not by trade—but I do love to write. After years of writing for academic and professional reasons, I’ve been itching to write about much more fun and interesting things. My mind is constantly racing with new thoughts and ideas. But where to write? And more importantly, what to write? Seriously, is there existing proof that people would be interested in reading about nothing? Enter the internet. Thanks to the World Wide Web, anyone can write about just about anything. Or about nothing. But is there anyone out there who cares to listen? Like the tree falling in the forest, will IRead More →

Obviously, this will be one of your most important running gear purchases, so take your time, do your homework, and buy a good pair. In fact, ALL of your shoes should be good shoes. After all, your feet will be carrying you around for a long time! Do remember that expensive does not necessarily mean good, safe, or healthy for you. Do your research. Try on not just several, but lots of pairs, and find out what works best for you. Many running stores will evaluate your run and help you determine which type of running shoe is best for you. Also make sure youRead More →

In the fall of 2013, just after completing my first marathon (and apparently declaring myself a “runner”), I came across the SPI (Small Personal Item) belt in an airport shop. New to running, I had never seen something like that, and just made the comment that I thought it was a cool idea. That Christmas, my husband bought one for me along with some other running gear. I like the SPIbelt fairly well. I have the smallest version, whose pocket, according to their website, expands to 6.5″ x 3″ x 2″. This is more than enough room for my iPhone 6S (in its somewhat bulky case)Read More →

I would easily rank this as one of my absolute favorites. Entering the running world with the colorful and diverse neighborhoods of the City of Chicago as a backdrop, it is hard to find a race venue that can compare. Enter the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, the premier event within the Destination Races series. I heard of this race from a friend, and to be honest, the first thing that drew me in was the amazing bling! An internet search of past races in the series showed medals displaying a wine theme, a very good fit for me and my love of wine. IRead More →

I used to track my runs using Strava on my cell phone. I love the app and it is still what I use, as you see posted on this site. However, I do like to pay attention to my pace, as I am still trying to figure out exactly what that is. I found it difficult to do so using my phone. For one, I didn’t want to carry the phone in my hand, so I used an armband to carry it. I tried several bands and found them to be too bulky for my arm. Most had velcro closures and would sometimes pop open whenRead More →

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to cancel my plans to complete the 2015 Chicago Marathon for various reasons, most acutely because of a family emergency. Since writing that post, things have stabilized and my mother is now in a rehab facility and is well on her way to recovery. As marathon weekend approached, I felt comfortable enough with her progress to head down to the city to watch my son participate. I drove down to meet him on Saturday afternoon and we went to the expo center to pick up our race packets. I figured I paid for it, I mightRead More →

Well, if it’s not one thing, it’s another, ya’ know? Another summer, another version of the best laid plans. I really (really!) did plan to train this year. But, as (good) luck would have it, my business was particularly busy this year. Generally, my busiest travel time is the spring and the fall, with little or no traveling throughout the summer. For some reason, I was crazy-busy all summer long, traveling two to three times per month, not to mention my regular job, my regular life, and getting my third son ready for his first year away at college. I literally have not even walked aRead More →

Hello. Me again. That’s right, I’m back. After last year’s painfully slow (but hey, I finished!) trek across 26.2 beautiful miles of Chicago, I really was done. Two Chicago Marathons—that’s two more than most people do. And certainly two more than I ever intended to do! So why push it? Because my eldest son has decided this is ‘our thing’, that’s why. How cool is it that even though his 2014 finish time was more than two hours faster than mine, he still wants to do it with me? Who knew we had a thing? But seriously, why does it have to be this??? SoRead More →