Disclaimer:  I received online coaching from Olympic Marathoner Jared Ward and his team at Endure Strong 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. Let’s face it. I am worse than bad when it comes to training for races. The thing is, I simply enjoy participating in them, but I really don’t care much about my time. However, I’m not getting any younger, and completing long distance races isn’t getting any easier. So when the opportunity to receive online coaching from Jared Ward andRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received a complementary weekend stay at the Empower Summer Camp at Ronora Lodge in Watervliet, Michigan from FitApproach in exchange for my honest review and various social media postings as part of being a Sweat Pink ambassador. All opinions are my own. Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to join other fitness enthusiasts, bloggers, and influencers for a weekend of fitness, friendship, and fun. When the invitation arrived, I immediately checked my schedule and was thrilled to see that with just a little bit of shuffling, I was available to attend. The fact that it was an easy drive from my homeRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received a pair of Shady Rays Allure Polarized Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro (ambassador). Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. As someone who has not historically been good about protecting her eyes from the sun, I’ve surprised even myself with my new obsession with sunglasses! Although I already own a pair of Shady Rays Signature Series sunglasses, I was thrilled at the opportunity to try another style. For me, the Signature Series style is more sporty and I love using them for running and biking.Read More →

Disclaimer:  I received entries to the Rosé 5K and Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon 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. Last Sunday I ran the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon for the fourth consecutive year. Hands-down, this is my favorite half marathon. After all, what’s better than running through beautiful vineyards in California’s wine country? In previous years participants could choose between the 5K Gun Bun Fun Run or the half marathon distances, both held on the same day. This year for the first timeRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received Science in Sport (SiS) isotonic gels 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. Having completed 10 marathons and a number of half marathons and smaller-distance races, you would think by now I have the whole fueling thing down. Nope, wrongamundo. I STILL don’t have a clue what I’m doing. My very first race was the 2013 Chicago Marathon. I did not train, and I had never run in my life. How did I do? Believe it or not, that finishRead More →

    It’s summertime and the living is easy! Actually, while the living itself hasn’t been so bad, the running has been hard due to the oppressive heat and humidity we’ve been experiencing here in the midwest. The air has been so thick I did my miles slowly and easily this past week. Here’s how it all went down: Monday:  3.3 mile run/walk Tuesday:  3.1 mile run/walk, 14 mile bike ride Wednesday:  6.1 mile run/walk Thursday:  4 mile run/walk Friday:  rest day Saturday: rest day Sunday:  10.1 mile run/walk Now, let’s sit down and catch up over a nice cup of Joe, shall we? Over coffee,Read More →

A very happy 4th of July, everyone! I can’t believe we are already halfway through the year. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly! It’s been a busy year for me so far and knock on wood, it’s all been good. Here’s what I’ve been up to: My business has been thriving and taking me to some fun places. In January I traveled to San Francisco and stayed with one of my best friends, and then two weeks later I was in Cincinnati and got together with another great group of friends that I actually met because one of them hired meRead More →

  However this happened, in the blink of an eye it’s June 1st, and I’m taking my coffee into the runfessional with me! What’s in your cup? I’m having Mexican coffee today. Well, not exactly Mexican coffee. It’s Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that I brought from home, but I am enjoying it on the deck overlooking Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. See? Mexican coffee! I’m linking up with Marcia for Runfessions, and with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date! I’m also linking up with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday Five! Over coffee, I would runfess that I’ve been almost completely off of the socialRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon 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. It’s been almost two weeks since I ran walked the Byline Bank Chicago Half Marathon and with my crazy-busy schedule, I only now have the time to sit down and write my recap! I’ve been swamped as always over the past few weeks, and now that I am at the tail-end of my trip to Puerto Vallarta I decided to write before IRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received an Orange Mud Gear Vest Pro 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 as long as I have been running, I’ve carried a water bottle in my hand. For larger races or distances, I carry a one liter bottle. It can get cumbersome and I can’t tell you how many times my bottle was knocked out of my hand by another runner during a race. I’ve been in search of a good vest to carry my water and otherRead More →