I realized a long time ago that if I want to stick with something, I have to set a goal. With the cancellation of so many races due to the pandemic, I was finding it hard to stay motivated to run with no specific race goal in mind. Enter the Criss-Cross Virtual Challenge! Tied to the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, this challenge provided exactly what I needed to keep moving through the late fall, winter, and early spring. Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Criss-Cross Virtual Challenge to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador),Read More →

Disclaimer:  I received a pair of Turtle Gloves TURTLe-Flip Mittens 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. Winter in Chicago is not for the faint of heart, but as a lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve gotten pretty used to it. Over the years, I’ve figured out the two most important things that help me stay warm:  Keeping my feet dry, and keeping my hands warm. However, trying to stay warm while working up a sweat in the dead of winter is a whole different animal. TheRead More →

Happy New Year! It’s the first weekend of the month, and that means it’s time to join my friends Coco and Deborah for the Ultimate Coffee Date. But hey, being that it’s New Year’s Day and all, I say pour yourself a glass of whatever you want and join along. I myself am cozying up to the fireplace with a nice cold glass of Sauvi B. If we were having coffee drinks, I would tell you I’m just as glad as the next gal that 2020 has come to an end. Global pandemic aside, 2020 was a bit of a shit year for me. Still,Read More →

Looking for some great gift ideas for runners and athletes? If you are a procrastinator like me, you are probably entering full panic mode right about now. There are still some great options out there where you can get gifts delivered in plenty of time. So let’s do some shopping, shall we? Here are some of my favorite picks this year. A few have discounts either by code or by clicking directly on the provided links. Prices listed are current as of the time this post went live. This post contains affiliate links Turtle Gloves Turtle-Flip Mittens in a Light Brown Paw Print If you followRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Allstate Chicago Hot Chocolate Virtual 15K/5K 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. For years I’ve wanted to run the Hot Chocolate 15K, but the dates never worked out for me. I was so excited when I saw the lineup of race dates this year, as the Chicago race fell on a date I was (for once) available. But alas, Covid. The race went virtual, as have so many others this year. Still, I was excited forRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the DC Wonder Woman 10K Virtual Run Presented by Amazon 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. At this point, I think most of us have accepted the fact that if we want to participate in a 2020 race, we will have to do so virtually. Although I have seen a number of in-person races being held in recent months, I personally would not feel comfortable running them with the pandemic still not under control. I originally signedRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received a canister of MetConSTART Pre-Training 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. As a runner and an athlete, over the years I have tried many supplements to enhance my performance as well as my recovery. However, I have never really dipped into the world of pre-workout supplements. My typical pre-workout nutrition has included my own mix of regular food items and protein shakes and while that has done me well over the years, it can sometimes weigh me down – especiallyRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Across the Bay 12K 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 time last week I was supposed to be on a flight to San Francisco to meet up with a dear friend, and on Sunday we would have run the Across the Bay 12K. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I was really looking forward to this race, which would have taken us from Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge, and would finishRead More →

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 →