Category: Running

The four steps to running faster without actually running

I signed up for the Live Grit CARA Lakefront 10 Miler because I wanted to support Live Grit. They’re the ones who are teaching me to swim. They’re the ones who answer all the silly questions I have about biking. They’re the ones who didn’t make me feel ridiculous for not knowing anything about wetsuits.... Read more »

How TO train for a half marathon, apparently

When I last left you I was discussing how NOT to train for a half marathon. Well, I ran the South Shore Half Marathon and it’s official. You can ignore my advice. I clearly DO know how to train for a half marathon. Why do I say that? Because at the South Shore Half I... Read more »

How NOT to train for a half marathon

How NOT to train for a half marathon
Hey guys, guess what! I’m signed up to run the South Shore Half Marathon on April 4th! Am I using a training plan? Nope. Have I run more than 8 miles at once since…uh… I don’t know when? Nope. Did I also sign up for the Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler two weeks afterward? Yep.... Read more »

Four Steps to Finding My Inner Adventurer

Four Steps to Finding My Inner Adventurer
At my current job we recently started a Toastmasters club and I’m scheduled to give my first prepared speech next week. The topic? Icebreaker! I just have to talk about myself for 4-6 minutes. I’m typically much better at just winging it but in this case I actually wrote something down. And this is it.... Read more »

Ragnar Chicago: When the wurst is not the worst

After last year’s experience with Ragnar Chicago I knew I wanted to do it again but under MY terms. Which meant it was time for me to be a team captain. And, thus, the Wurst Ragnar Team Ever was born. Why the Wurst? Because a good chunk of us came from the Wurst Running Club... Read more »

Road Runner Sports Adventure Run: Join me!

I’ve been busy these past few weeks so I haven’t had time to write about trying out Sproing Fitness or my upcoming Ragnar Relay. I did manage to get featured on the Chicago Running Bloggers’ Meet the Blogger Series, though. You can check that out here. So, yes, I owe you more than few posts.... Read more »

Cleveland Half Marathon: We came, we ran, we conquered

Cleveland Half Marathon: We came, we ran, we conquered
I recently wrote a post about training for the Cleveland Half Marathon where I featured the perspective of my friend, Rae as she trained for her first half marathon. Training takes weeks and months and the race goes by so quickly. At least, that’s what happened for us. One of my favorite parts about running... Read more »

Where I became a runner

On Monday I wrote about the Illinois Half Marathon and why it holds such special place in my heart. One of the things I didn’t mention is that not only does it take place in my hometown, my hometown is also where I became a runner. I ran my first 5K in 2007. And afterward... Read more »

Illinois Half Marathon: Why it has a special place in my heart {plus the Cleveland Marathon weekend giveaway winner}

Today is going to be half marathon day on Eri-thon. Why? Because first I’m going to tell you about the Illinois Half Marathon and then I’m going to tell you who won the giveaway to the Cleveland Marathon/Half Marathon/10K weekend event! So, if you’re only here to see if you won then you can skip... Read more »

West Loop Run Group [plus the Chicago Primal Gym Giveaway winner]

When I moved from Forest Park to the West Loop I was sad that I wouldn’t be within easy running distance of my running club’s meeting point. I looked for a new club in the West Loop but didn’t find anything. So when Swirlgear told me that the new West Loop triathlon store Live Grit... 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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