Well hello there, and welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I haven’t done one of these in quite a while because, well, I haven’t had much to wrap lately! I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly over at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to check out their sites, along with the other linkers! You may just find some new blogs to love! Like much of the country, we have been dealing with an incredible heat wave here in the Chicago area. But as I fessed up in the Runfessional on Friday, I’m nervous enough about running BerlinRead More →

The end of June? Already? Time flies when you’re having fun, and June has been a fun month for me! How has your month been? I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! I runfess, despite my lackluster workout activity, I had a pretty good month. June started with a business trip to Las Vegas. Though we live less than an hour apart, I haven’t seen my best college friend in years. We made some very last-minute plans for her to meet me in Sin City, where we hit the ground running (sadly, not literally). We ate too much, we drank too much, weRead More →

Let’s just get this out there, for those of you who don’t know me or who haven’t been following me on social media (and why the heck haven’t you, BTW?):  I didn’t train for this race. Now for those of you who do know me, that comes as no surprise. In fact, I pretty much haven’t trained for any of my races. But this time around I was really bad. And by really bad, I mean logging less than 50 miles in the four months leading up to the race, with most of those miles being walking. And so as we tell our kids, my advice toRead More →

In Friday’s post, I outed myself as the hot mess I’ve become. OK, maybe I exaggerated a bit, but as I’ve always said, if you have five, 50, or even 100 pounds to lose, if you don’t feel good about yourself, you don’t feel good about yourself. And that’s where I’ve been for the past few months. This past Chicago Winter was brutal, and while I fantasize about being a year-round outdoor runner, I simply am not. And I’ve humble bragged enough times that if you follow me here or on any of my social media accounts, you know I have a decent home gym.Read More →

Memorial Day weekend is here and POOF! So is summer weather! It is in the upper 80s here in Chitown and will likely hit the 90s over the weekend. Okay then! Might as well jump right in to the Runfessional, as well! I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! C’mon in and let’s see what I’ve been up to! I have to runfess, not much! I haven’t done any business travel thus far this month, and I have to admit, except for the fact that no travel means no income (I own the business), it was a welcomed break. I don’t mind the travelRead More →

Follow me using Bloglovin! Last night while scrolling through the feed of one of my Facebook Running groups, I saw that someone had posed this question. I seriously wondered if it was a joke. A makeup refresh station??? I thought I learned long ago not to make even an innocent comment on public posts. It’s just fodder for the trolls. But of course I had to comment, with an imbedded ‘settle down, trolls’ disclaimer: By this morning there were a number of new comments, some were for, but most were against the idea of wearing makeup for a race. The general consensus was, ‘whatever floatsRead More →

I (sort of) ran this race yesterday and quickly realized the many reasons this is my favorite local race. I ran the inaugural in 2016 and absolutely loved it, but had to bow out last year because of an out of town family wedding that same weekend. Before I begin, a little admission:  I did not train AT ALL for this race. My running resumé for the past four months includes those miserable two weeks in Chiberia in January logging miles wasting my time for the LuluLemon 80K Challenge, and then a 2.7 mile run just about 3-1/2 weeks ago. Seriously, that was it. But I signedRead More →

This post contains affiliate links. Happy FriYay everyone! On what is yet another cold, gray, and blustery Spring morning in the Midwest, why not pull up a chair with your favorite blankie and cup o’Joe and join me for a little conversation? If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have the best coffeemaker on earth. Seriously! My husband bought this monstrosity for me for Christmas five years ago because it supposedly makes the very best coffee, and I would have to say, I agree! A couple of weeks before Christmas this year, it stopped working. Yikes! I checked my receipt and wouldn’tRead More →

This post contains affiliate links. If you’ve read my recent posts, you know I’ve been the weary traveler as of late. I swear, there were times I didn’t know if I was coming or going. In fact at times, I was coming and going. Three time zones in 36 hours? Sheer madness! One of the hardest things for me to do when I travel is keep up with my fitness routine. Between the travel itself and the jet lag that comes along with it, the eight to ten hour work days, and then the sometimes less than ideal workout facilities, it can be tough. But with determinationRead More →