Archive for October 2013

The Best Encouragement for New Runners

When I started running in 2007 I joined a beginning women’s running group and trained to run my first 5K. I loved having a group of women who were all at the same place as me and a group of mentors who shared their love for running and their passion for giving back to the... Read more »

Crosstown Fitness Will Kick Your Butt

Crosstown Fitness Will Kick Your Butt
Crosstown Fitness is located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood on the revitalized stretch of Madison Avenue between Halsted and Racine. The gym features an open room covered in Astroturf, a wall of treadmills, a wall of TRX straps, and assorted shelves of medicine balls, kettlebells, dumbbells, and weight bars. There’s also a smoothie station as... Read more »

South Lake Shore Drive Extension Opens to Runners and Cyclists

South Lake Shore Drive Extension Opens to Runners and Cyclists
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been on Chicago’s Lake Front Trail? If you live on the north side of the city, maybe it’s Buckingham Fountain. Maybe it’s McCormick Place. Or if you’ve run the Ready to Run 20 Miler it might even be just past the Museum of Science and Industry. But starting this weekend... Read more »
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Hero Half Marathon and 10K is a First for Everything

I won a free entry to either the half marathon or the 10K from fellow blogger <a href="http://the-style-files.com/">Valerie</a>. I chose the 10K.
On Sunday I ran the 10K portion of the Hero Half Marathon and 10K in the Indiana Dunes State Park. This inaugural race was so well organized that next year I can’t wait to try the half marathon! Instead of giving you a play-by-play of the race here’s a photo gallery of some of the... Read more »

Get the Chicago Marathon Experience Without Running the Chicago Marathon

The running part of the Chicago Marathon started at 7:30 AM on Sunday, October 13th. However, I wasn’t at the start line. Yet, just like the runners, I’d been preparing for weeks and days leading up to the race. Because races don’t happen on their own. Nope. The Chicago Marathon needs plenty of staff and... Read more »

What to Expect at Trapeze Class

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PTncfEk26Y4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br> The knee hang! The very first trick you learn. And, yes, you will learn this at your very first trapeze class.
You may remember that I took my first trapeze class back in February. What you may not know is that since then I’ve been going to at least one class a month. More if I can make it happen. I bought the official Trapeze School of New York in Chicago log book to track my... Read more »
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    Erin Vandenberg

    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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