This post contains affiliate links It’s official! Spring has finally sprung! The brutally-cold temperatures in Chicago this winter have kept most of my runs indoors, but with the milder temperatures FINALLY within view, it’s time to do a gear-check to make sure I’m ready for the spring running season. Here are some of my top picks for this year. I am happy to be able to share a few discount codes for some of them with you!   You know I’m all about safety, and with Daylight Savings comes dark early-morning runs. I have historically run alone, which means I pack a few extra safetyRead More →

  Happy Monday! I would like to say that spring has sprung, but we are still dealing with frigid temperatures here in the midwest. I took most of my runs to the treadmill this past week, which is fine by me. I joined Deborah‘s March into Fitness challenge on RunBet, and it has done wonders for my motivation. Is it the accountability to the group, or is it the risk of losing money? In either case, it’s kept me moving. Here’s how the week went down: Monday:  A chilly 3 mile walk around the neighborhood Tuesday:  5.1 mile run/walk intervals outside on our one-and-only decent-weather dayRead More →

  Disclaimer:  I received the Addaday Pro Massage Roller 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. I first learned about foam rolling when my kids were running cross country and track during their high school years. I’d play around with their rollers here and there, but I was never too religious about it. A few years later, due to poor mechanics and far too many hours sitting at a computer, I developed some numbness and tingling in my arms because of tight muscles and pinchedRead More →

    Happy Tuesday and welcome to another installment of Tuesday Topics! Special thanks to Kim and Zenaida for keeping the Tuesday linkup alive in it’s new format! If you’d like to join along, just follow this link for the linkup rules and a list of upcoming topics. Today’s topic is What’s on Your Running Wish List? So let’s start, shall we?           First on my list would be a new treadmill (hey, go big or go home, right?)  Winter in Chicago this year has made me appreciate mine more than ever, but it’s 19 years old and I know its daysRead More →

    I haven’t written a Weekly Wrap in a while because quite frankly, I haven’t had much to wrap up! But given that this is the last Wrap in Wendy and Holly‘s linkup, I felt obliged to throw my hat into the final ring. London is just nine weeks away and between the ice cold winter and my crazy travel schedule, I haven’t done much running since the first of the year. Because I hadn’t been at it in a while, I decided to just walk on my treadmill last Sunday to help get myself back on track. I walked three miles and it felt greatRead 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, I’m over winter. The snow hasn’t been horrible (yet), but we’ve dealt with some brutal cold here in the midwest and I’ve had enough. We hit 40 degrees today and it felt like a heat wave. The London Marathon is in just over nine weeks. I must runfess, that eight-hour time limit does nothing for my motivation to train. I’m trying to be good about it, but you know me. I runfess, my crazy business travel lastRead More →

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon 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. On May 19th I will be running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, a signature event produced by Life Time. I have not run this race before, so I am looking forward to a fun spring time race in my home town! The race starts near Maggie Daley Park in Chicago and takes runners south past 47th Street along Lake Shore Drive, then back north along the lake shore,Read More →

  Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Surf City 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. This past weekend I ran the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, California. I’ve been traveling like crazy for the past few weeks, and with the polar vortex hitting the Midwest recently, I have had more than my fair share of flight delays and cancellations. On Thursday evening I flew home to Chicago from a business trip to Cincinnati. My flight was delayed byRead More →

  How is it already February? It seems we were just celebrating Christmas. I guess since I haven’t completely put all of my decorations away, it’s easy to be caught in a bit of a time warp. We are in the throes of a polar vortex, so as for January, I say good riddance. On to bigger and better things. Let’s sit down for a warm cup of coffee and have a chat, shall we? If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am on day five of traveling to five different states in three different times zones with countless flight delays andRead More →

Happy Tuesday! This is the first installment of Tuesday Topics! Special thanks to Kim and Zenaida for keeping the Tuesday linkup alive in it’s new format! If you’d like to join along, just follow this link for the linkup rules and a list of upcoming topics. Today’s topic is What Are You Looking Forward to This Year? So let’s start, shall we? First and foremost, I’m looking forward to getting my body back. I don’t know what the hell happened, but I am nowhere near where I want to be and as I said in my post last week, I feel like crap. So as ofRead More →