Five Things Friday

1. I have done almost zero Christmas shopping. Oops. Luckily I have a very short list. My family of origin isn’t really into gift giving (although we still like to do something for each other, and I do want to maintain Cool Aunt status), and my husband takes care of his family. The one thing I read more »

Video Gait Analysis

If you haven’t been following along detail for detail, I’ve been having issues with my left knee since the spring. Pain during and after a run. I tried to fix it with sports massage and lots of foam rolling and tennis balling. When that didn’t do the trick, and I ended up limping through the read more »

Nike+ Chiberia Challenge Kick Off

Thanks to everyone who joined my Nike+ Chiberia Challenge team! I think even Nike was pleasantly surprised when all 5 teams were full (15 members per team + captain) by Saturday. If you didn’t get in … sorry. Because this challenge comes with some sweet gear that I was lucky enough to try out at the read more »

Running isn’t cheap, but is it worth it?

Some runners like to joke that running is “cheap,” all you need is a pair of ($100+) shoes. First of all, not if you’re a woman. Second of all, running is not cheap if you have to deal with an injury and/or pain. This year has really made me think hard about how important running really read more »

Nike+ Chiberia Challenge #ChooseYourWinter

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to retire your running shoes for the season. Nike is challenging all athletes to #chooseyourwinter and the Nike+ Chiberia Challenge will kept tabs on your commitment during the holiday season. And there are sweet prizes. And you can [virtually] run with me! It’ll be fun, I promise. read more »

Holiday Burlesque Workshop … with ME!!

So this is happening! This all came together over the past 24 hours. Room to Move is my sis-in-law’s studio, and one of her students asked if she had any burlesque classes coming up. My sis-in-law threw out the idea to me of doing a holiday burlesque workshop at the studio. My initial reaction was read more »

November Recap

Total Miles: 22 (all running) Total NTC app workouts: 7 Total Free Yoga Classes: 3 New Pair of Running Shoes: 1 Books Read: 2 New-to-me Beers: 1 (I’ve been opting for more wine & cocktails) I’ve been going to free yoga on Sundays at Thalia Hall in Pilsen. It’s awesome! We had to practice on the stage read more »

Spectator Report: Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon

Yesterday morning I headed out to Schaumburg with my turkey so he could run the Turkey Trot Half Marathon. The race was point-to-point, but since I wasn’t racing, we didn’t have to deal with the shuttle buses. We ended up taking 90W to get there, which may have been better? Seemed like everyone coming from 290 was read more »

What We Do With Our Bodies

There has been a lot of talk lately about women’s bodies. OK, maybe not just lately, but a few topics that have recently caught my (and everyone else’s) attention. Leaking celebrity nude photos that were meant to be private Catcalling women on the street A celebrity mom doing a full frontal nude spread I’m not a fan read more »

A Total Scream

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Christmas. And my husband loves it too, so we get a little excited about it together. My work-appropriate costume (no one dresses up at my office) = Crazy Cat Lady. (So not really much of a costume for me.) Olive loves Halloween too Halloween Part One read more »

October Recap

Running: 30 miles Cycling: 24 miles Swimming: 3 miles I stopped logging my twice daily (usually) PT exercises. New Beers: 5 PT appointments: 2 Pairs of pasties purchased: 2 Ani Difranco concert attended: #5 Books read: 2 Halloween parties attended: 2 KNEE UPDATE: Right now I’m running 2-3 times per week, up to 3.5 miles at read more »

Such a Thrill

Friday night was my second burlesque performance. TL; DR – IT WAS AWESOME. It started last weekend when I signed up for a workshop at Studio L’amour to learn a routine to (a shortened version of) Thriller. Funnily (to me at least), I’ve performed to Thriller before, in high school on the dance team. This routine was read more »