Odds are you missed it, but my very first blog post was titled I Am Not a Runner. Fast forward five years, and today’s post easily could be titled I Am Not a Swimmer. Because I’m not. Seriously, I could (maybe) swim to save my life. But just as having no running experience didn’t stop me from signing up for my first marathon, why let a little thing like not being able to swim prevent me from signing up for a triathlon? A little history:  The first time I attended any race at all was as a spectator when one of my best friends completed thisRead More →

In yesterday’s post, Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice posed the question:  “Can your BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal) be too big?” It didn’t take long for me to answer. For me, the bigger, the hairier, the more audacious a goal is, the more likely I am to set it! I am definitely a go big or go home kind of gal. Leap before you look. All in. Fearless. So yeah, I’d say my BHAG is big, but I’d never say it’s TOO big. I think most people have big goals, but many are afraid to put them out there. Guilty as charged. I generally keep my goals toRead More →

It’s Sunday afternoon, and that means it’s time for the Weekly Wrap! This is how my week went down: Monday:  45 minute strength training Tuesday:  12 hour work day Wednesday:  15.1 mile bike ride Thursday:  3.1 mile run Friday:  25.3 mile bike ride Saturday: Rest day Sunday:  400 meter swim, 13.3 mile bike ride, 3.1 mile run It’s been a fantastic week! I’ve been pretty consistent with my workouts and added more miles on the bike leading up to today’s sprint triathlon, which I will recap later this week. The weather early in the week was much more pleasant, but once again it got extremely hot andRead More →

  Finally, my recap of this amazing race weekend! It’s been just 10 days since the race but with so much going on, it seems like a lifetime ago! Buzz about this race started several months ago when a number of bloggers started discussing plans to come to Chicago and meet up for race weekend. A few of them asked them if I would be running but alas, I was scheduled to work 12 hours on race day, and my husband and I had tickets to the Cubs-Cardinals game the day before. Now, a little bit of background on the race and a few things youRead More →

Another week, another Weekly Wrap! It’s once again time to recap the week. Overall, it’s been a good week for me. I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. This is how my week went: Monday:  Rest day, having just run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon the day before. My GPS tracked me on Sunday at 14.1 miles, and contrary to popular belief, based on my effort (and the flat course) compared to my half the week before, that’s the story I’m going with. Tuesday:  12 hour work day. Wednesday:  3.5 mileRead More →

It’s the last Friday of the month, and that means it’s time to open up the Runfessional! I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! I have to runfess, with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon a whopping five days ago, I feel bad that I haven’t posted my recap yet. Having run the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon the previous week, I barely got that recap posted just as the other bloggers were posting their recaps of RnR Chicago. I’ll post my recap sometime in the next week but let me just say it was an absolutely epic weekend and I’m so gladRead More →

A little bit of a disclaimer, but not really:  I ran this race for the first time in 2016 and absolutely fell in love with it; so much so that I became a Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series Ambassador! This is my third consecutive year running (and recapping) the Napa to Sonoma Half, which is the premier race in the series. Though I am an ambassador, I paid the regular race entry fee and was not asked to post this review. Now that that’s out of the way…let’s get to it, shall we? As I mentioned, Napa to Sonoma is the premier raceRead More →

It’s once again time for the Weekly Wrap! I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. I got to meet both of them in person this weekend for RnRChicago and it truly was an epic weekend! My recap of the race is coming soon! Admittedly, I don’t have  much to report for the past week in terms of workouts, as my California racecation continued through Wednesday and there was more wine tasting than there was workouts and runs. This is how my week went: Monday:  Rest day, having just run the Napa toRead More →

Boy, oh boy, time flies when you’re having run fun! It’s Sunday, and that means it’s already time for the Weekly Wrap! I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to check out their blogs, along with the other linkers! You may just find some new blogs to love! It’s been a little bit of a weird week with travel to California for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon (recap coming soon). This is how my week went: Monday:  5 mile run. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, itRead More →

It’s an absolutely gorgeous Sunday afternoon in the Chicago area, and that means it’s time for the Weekly Wrap! I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to check out their blogs, along with the other linkers! You may just find some new blogs to love! The weather has been mostly beautiful this past week. It was warmer hotter than Hades and more humid swamp-like earlier in the week, but these past few days have been absolutely perfect. I’ve actually been (a little) better about my training this past week. This is howRead More →