Training, April 7-13

Total Miles: 15 Total Time: 6 hours Total Apartment Showings: 6 Monday AM: 2.55 mi in 26min, 10:09 pace. I got out the door. Before work. On a Monday. Monday PM: 1 hour of jumping on trampolines. My friend April and I bought Groupons a while back for Sky High Sports in Niles. Basically … read more »

Training, March 31 – April 6

So we’re 7 weeks to the Soldier Field 10 and 9 weeks to Ragnar, and then I officially start training for the Chicago Marathon. I guess I should actually start getting back into a training mindset. For the record, I’m not actually following any kind of training plan right now, other than “run a respectable read more »

March in Review

Total Miles: 52.5 Total Time Working Out: 20 hours, 10 minutes Total Times I Wore Fake Eyelashes: 2 Watched the Oscars in style with Erin and the Windy City Blogger Collective (fake eyelash occasion #1) Went to see Pink Martini and the Von Trapps (yes, part of that Von Trapp family) at Symphony Center with my read more »

2014 American Cancer Society Fundraising

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve commited to running the Chicago Marathon again this year for the American Cancer Society. This is my … 7th? 8th? fundraising event for the ACS. After awhile, you have to get creative with your fundraising strategy. This year, I’m focusing on events. So if you would like to support my efforts, read more »

13.1 Chicago WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway for a spot at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 Chicago half marathon. The winner is … Zenaida from See Zenaida Run! Congrats! Email me at to claim your entry! Hope you enjoy the race! If you didn’t win, check Chicago Running Bloggers for more opportunities to try to read more »

Race Report: Shamrock Shuffle 8K

This was my third year in a row running the Shamrock Shuffle. This is easily one of my favorite races. It marks the beginning of spring and the racing season (I know you can race all winter, but from now until … Thanksgiving? you could race practically every weekend without travelling too far if you read more »

Variety is the Spice of Life

Why do we judge each other? More and more lately, I’ve seen a few things pop up via blogs, social media, elsewhere, and it basically boils down to “what’s with all the judgement?” Marrieds vs. singles, stay-at-home vs. work, breast feed vs. formula, organic vs. not organic vs. vegan vs. clean eats vs. processed food, read more »

What I Drank Wednesday

I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s been a month. I’ll stick to the highlights. About a month ago, we went to a co-ed baby shower for Paula and her baby daddy. Here are my bros and their beers. Not pictured: the spiked punch I was drinking. I’d rather show them … read more »

Giveaway: Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 [Half] Marathon

Note: The entry period closed March 31. This giveaway has be awarded.  Experience Chicago’s beautiful half-marathon course along the lakefront! You can win a free entry to the 2014 Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 Marathon®, produced and presented by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Saturday, June 7 7:00 a.m. South Shore Cultural read more »

How to Host a Clothing Swap

Earlier this month, I hosted my … 3rd clothing swap? I’ve also participated in quite a few. So I’ve learned a thing or two. If you’d like to host one, here are my tips… Invite lots of women. Of all sizes and styles. The more attendees, the more clothing, and the more variety of sizes. read more »

My First Burlesque Performance

SO. Last night was my first burlesque performance! TL; DR: I took my clothes off. In front of an audience. It was fun! (Spoiler: no nude or near-nude pics of me are in this post.) When I signed up for Rock ‘n Roll Burlesque at Vaudezilla Studios, I knew that performing would be an option read more »

Race Report – Park Forest Scenic 5K

Consider this a Throwback Thursday. I found my very first “race reports” in my old LiveJournal blogs. September 5, 2005 this morning was the Park Forest Scenic 10 and 5K. my parents and rob and i ran the 5k. rob and i ran together and my parents ran/walked together. anyway, i’m glad i had rob with me. read more »