Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Soldier Field 10 Mile Race to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. This past Saturday I was scheduled to run the Soldier Field 10 Mile Race in Chicago. I was so looking forward to it, with the course set to start and finish at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears! When I signed up for the race back in early February, not in my wildest imagination would I have guessed what racing would look like inRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Cinco de Miler to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. What a difference a day (or in this case, two weeks) makes! I was so excited to have signed up to run the Cinco de Miler on Saturday, May 2nd. Chicago is my home town and as a Halloween baby I have a penchant for the macabre, so I was really looking forward to this Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed race! As aRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses to help promote plogging as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.   Have you heard of plogging? I’ve heard of it, but until this month, I hadn’t really done it. Sure, I’d pick up a random piece of trash here and there, but that was about it. For those of you who don’t know, plogging is the act of going on a run (or walk) and picking up litter along the way. Reported to have started in SwedenRead More →

This post contains affiliate links Well, it’s either the 34th of March or the 3rd of April. Since I’m not really sure which, I thought I’d roll March Runfessions and the April Coffee Date all into one. I’m linking up with Marcia for Runfessions, and with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date. And while I’m at it, I’m also linking up with Meranda and Lacey for the Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness! I’m no hoarder, but I always buy in bulk, so I have plenty of coffee, cream, and GLG collagen to get me through the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future. Why not pullRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received a generous supply of Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. If you’ve been following my posts in the past year or so, you know that I have been working on figuring out a good fueling strategy not just for my long runs, but also for my every day needs. As I’ve mentioned in multiple posts, I typically follow a low-carbohydrate diet not just to maintain a healthy weight, but also to get a goodRead More →

This post contains affiliate links It’s the first weekend of the month, and that means it’s time to pour yourself a cup of your favorite morning brew and sit down for a chat! I’m having mine with two tablespoons of collagen hydrolysate from Great Lakes Gelatin, as I have been doing every morning since December of 2018. I really do think it gives me that extra boost of turtle power! You can check out their products using this link.     If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m more than a little obsessed with the Clif Family Winery! You can read myRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received a bottle of wine and some yummy treats from Clif Family Winery as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. If you take a look at my logo you’ll quickly see two things I love; wine and staying fit! Imagine my delight when I recently found out that the makers of Clif Bars, the energy bars I’m sure you are all very familiar with, also own a winery! How did I miss that? The Clif Family Winery was started by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford,Read More →

Happy New Year! It’s the first weekend of 2020, and that means it’s time to pour yourself a cup of coffee (or whatever you prefer) and sit down for a chat! If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. For one, I think it can set us up for failure, followed by feelings of guilt and shame for not having stuck with whatever resolution or goal was set. Plus, I think it’s pretty silly to wait for a specific day to make a change. Why wait until January 1st? If you have a goal inRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received AfterShokz Aeropex bone conduction headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. Now that I have been using AfterShokz headphones for almost a year, I was excited to try the newest product in their lineup. Like all of their headphones, the Aeropex version uses bone conduction technology, which delivers a great sound without compromising your ability to hear ambient noises around you. This is important to me for reasons of safety, since these headphones allow the user to hear approaching cyclists,Read More →

It always amazes me how quickly a year goes by, and it’s even more amazing to look back and see what I accomplished during that year. As I gathered my 2019 race medals for this post, I was surprised at how many races I ran this year. In total there are 18 medals in the above photo, representing 16 races and including two challenge medals. Race distances ranged from 1 mile to 26.2 miles, and included three World Marathon Majors. I’d say 2019 was a pretty good year!       Surf City Cowabunga Mile and Half Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA, February 2 & 3,Read More →