Wow! Double-digits in weeks of training for these marathons! While I’ve slacked in recent weeks, I tried to kick it up a notch this week and fit what I could into a busy week. The stats: Sunday, 8/27:  45 minutes of strength training Monday, 8/28:  Rest day Tuesday, 8/29:  5.1 mile run Wednesday, 8/30:  45 minutes of strength training/35 minutes of cardio/10 minutes of strength training Thursday, 8/31:  12-hour work day Friday, 9/15:  12-hour work day Saturday, 9/2:  10 mile run   I had to do some workouts at home, so I decided to pull out some of my old workout videos. Don’t laugh! These babiesRead More →

My, oh, my where has the time gone? Fall is in the air and it’s time for the August installment of Let’s Wine! So grab a glass of your favorite varietal (or any other libation of your choosing), and let’s reflect together on this past month! Some quick stats as I close out the month: Walking/Running:  32.4 miles Biking:  40.5 miles Gym Workouts:  2 strength training sessions, 1 cardio Wine Consumption:  Oh, how I love me a good pinot noir! You would never guess I have a marathon coming up in less than six weeks, with another to follow two weeks later, seeing as I walked/ran one third of the miles I did theRead More →

It’s crunch time! Just six weeks to go before the Chicago Marathon. With my increased work hours in the past few weeks it’s been difficult to get my runs in, so they have been short and sweet. I somehow have it in my mind that if I can get three 5-mile runs done in a week, I will do okay (remember, I run/walk/run/walk/run and all I ever want to do is finish!) As much as I’m sorry to see the summer end, I am happy for this cool fall-like weather. I’ve knocked off about a minute/mile with the decrease in heat and humidity. I alsoRead More →

It’s the last Friday of the month and that means…Runfessions…or so I hear! I must runfess, I’m a little intimidated by the whole thing. I’ve loved reading these posts on everyone’s sites for a number of months, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to do or how to participate. So here goes nothing! I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice as I make this first attempt. I runfess I have been quite lax in my marathon training the past few weeks, as any of you who have been reading my weekly recaps knows. Much of the time I’ve had some pretty legitimate reasons for not getting my runs in,Read More →

Week 8 of (pseudo)training is in the books! My logged miles this week are way (way, way) down due to knee replacement surgery. Say what?! Ha! Not mine! There are just four people in my work group (two of which are part-time), and one of the full-timers had knee replacement surgery last week. That means the rest of us have had to cover her shifts. For me that meant TRIPLING my work hours last week. With a wedding, college tuition, and property taxes all coming up next month, I am happy for the extra hours. But as far as marathon training goes? Not so much.Read More →

I can’t believe I am almost halfway through my marathon training! It goes by fast, that’s for sure. And the closer I get to these two marathons, the further my training is getting away from me! Looking at my week below, it looks like I am on the every-other-day training plan. Hey, whatever works, right? Here is my week in review: Sunday, 8/6:  Rest day Monday, 8/7:  5.1 mile run Tuesday, 8/8:  12-hour work day; ’nuff said Wednesday, 8/9:  25.2 mile bike ride                                            Read More →

This week’s marathon training recap covers two weeks for two reasons. For one, last Monday was the last day of July, which meant a Let’s Wine installment was due on the blog. Second, the past two weeks of marathon training have been lacking in, um, how should I say it? Oh yeah—marathon training. Between lots of work hours, lots going on at the home front, and lots of poor excuses, I managed only a few runs in the past two weeks. Looking back, Week 5 wasn’t horrible, though I didn’t hit all of my marks. Week 6 was nothing less than pathetic. So rather thanRead More →

Well, as I have been reading on so many other peoples’ posts this past week, the big collective we can’t believe how quickly summer is flying by! It’s already time for the July installment of Let’s Wine! So grab a glass of your favorite varietal (or any other libation of your choosing), and let’s reflect together on this past month! Some quick stats as I close out the month: Walking/Running:  111.1 miles (and yes, indeed, I will take credit for that last 0.1!) Biking:  10.2 miles Gym Workouts:  4.5 hours Wine Consumption:  Back on track and enjoying some refreshing Sauvignon Blancs as well as some great Rosés on these coolRead More →

With marathon training in full swing, my runs are getting longer, which means strategically planning my routes. I of course need to make sure I get the miles in, but I also need to plan for water refills along the way. It’s been ridiculously hot and humid in the Chicago area for at least the past month, so I’ve had to get creative to assure I stay hydrated in the heat. I always carry a liter bottle of water with me when I run, which generally lasts about five miles. On my longer runs, I need to either circle back home, or plan my routesRead More →

Well, week four of marathon training has come and gone, and as expected; it was mostly gone. I didn’t hit the scheduled 42 miles on the plan for this week, which wasn’t much of a surprise. I knew this would be an off-week for two reasons. For one, the week should have started with a five-mile run, but instead I had a half marathon on the calendar for Sunday, which meant a rest day the following day. The half marathon was in California, which involved a two-hour time change and four-hour flight home the following day. Second, I knew my training would fall off forRead More →