Olive’s Adoption Story

I don’t know if I ever shared this, and Kim just shared Data’s adoption story. AND, I realized this month is five years since I adopted Olive (or Ol, Ollie, Olliejandro). I always wanted a cat growing up. I love cats, and loved cuddling with my friends’ cats. But my mom hated cats, so I never got one. read more »

New Balance Girls’ Night Out

Thanks to everyone who came to Girls’ Night Out last night at the New Balance store in Lincoln Park! I think everyone had a blast! All Photo Booth shots from ActionBooth.com Me, Natali, Jennifer Lots of folks from the November Project were there. Group shot before everyone else headed out for the run & bootcamp read more »


As I said in my last post, running and exercises that put weight on my knee are off-limits. But I’m still Divvying (home from work) and last night I ellipticaled a 5K! I used some focused text messaging to power through and keep me distracted. By the way, it took 40 minutes. In case I read more »

Mag Mile Ellipticaler

It’s been three weeks since my last run, which was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half. I miss running. I miss the Lakefront Trail. I get bummed when I see the updates from my CES marathon training FB group. I had a day last week where I really needed a good mind-clearing, pound-the-pavement run. I went for a swim read more »

Join New Balance and me for a Girls’ Night Out!

Have a happier hour! Less primping, more pavement pounding. Lipstick’s optional but footwear’s not. It’s Girls’ Night – let’s go for a run! Photo credit  New Balance’s Girls’ Night Out online meetup tool helps you create your own unforgettable girls’ night out! Just map your route, invite your girls and go! Create you run – read more »

July in Review

Total Running Miles: 48.6 Total Bike Miles: 68.5 Total time working out: 22 hr, 59 min Total runs with CES: 1 (out of 10) Dating anniversary celebrated: 10th New-to-me restaurants: Cottage on Dixie, Dusek’s, Perez, Nuevo Leon, Honky Tonk BBQ So this month has had it’s ups and downs. The downs are all related to my knee read more »

Emo Knee is actually jacked

I know you’ve all been eagerly waiting for an update on my knee! Well, I have one! I made an appointment with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, per Athletico’s recommendation, and while the practice sounds extremely impressive, they couldn’t get me in for a month. At first I thought, no biggie, if I’m not running, I’m read more »

Guest Post: Christmas in July Race Report

Thank you to Kristin for her race report!  On a Friday night a little over a week ago, I found myself in Lisle surrounded by festive lights and holiday decorations to run the Christmas in July six-hour ultra. The race started at 12 am and ended at 6 am. The goal of the fixed time race read more »

Revolt Against Cancer was a success!

Thank you to everyone who came to Revolt Against Cancer last night at Revolution Brewery to support Anne‘s and my fundraising! The event was a success! We raised about $700, plus all of the virtual donations from folks who couldn’t attend. (PS – my donation page is here :) ) Cheers! Our awesome raffle looked pretty impressive read more »

I think we’re done here

So remember when I limped my way through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and then said “Hey! I finished! I’ll keep on marathon training!” Um … really? After writing that post, I did a lot of reflecting, and talking to my husband, my mom, my BFF coach and voice of reason on injuries, my BRF, read more »

How to Get Over Your Fear of Urban Cycling

I’ve been zipping around town on Divvy bikes for a few months now. (And have recently been reunited with my actual bike, and it feels so light in comparison.) I keep hearing over and over from other folks that they’d like to bike in Chicago … they’re just too scared to do so. Which I read more »

Giveaway: Be a Mag Mile Runner with me!

This year, Fleet Feet is moving their women’s half marathon and 5K to the Magnificent Mile. As soon as I heard there would be a race on the Mag Mile … that we would literally be Mag Mile Runners … I had to sign up. And two of you can join me! Fleet Feet is read more »