Thinner, Leaner, Stronger: 10 things I've learned by going by the book

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger: 10 things I've learned by going by the book
I mentioned in my last post in October that I’d purchased the book Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and a meal plan in order to see what would happen. So far I can say the following after using the meal plan and work outs from the book for approximately six weeks or so: 1. I have lost... Read more »

The post where I talk about food and working out

So, as I mentioned in my last post I’m trying to get back on track with how I want to workout. At my new job I have a coworker whose physique I admired during a fitness class at the gym in our building. I complimented her later and she told me her secret: she bought... Read more »

Why I'm Starting Over: What to do when your fitness routine goes off the rails

This time last year I ran the Hero Half 10K and came in first in my age group. Earlier this year I ran a half marathon PR. And then I got a new job and a puppy and  a husband who doesn’t work a traditional 9-5 schedule. And, I’ll admit it, although I’ve been taking... Read more »

Personal Life, Puppies, and Priorities: What happens when these things change

You may have noticed some radio silence here at Eri-thon. I have so many things that I want to share with you including some seriously overdue race reviews, the Road Runner Sports Adventure Run, trying out Coop Fitness, half marathon training with CARA, and my new Divvy membership. Also, why I’m taking a break from... Read more »

9 Facts about Life: One Post at a Time (Interview with a ChicagoNow blogger)

<strong>Why do you blog?</strong>
To make people laugh, sometimes cry (in a good way) and mostly to feel normal – I guess I like to evoke some good emotion from my readers.  I like to let other moms/parents know that we are all experiencing the same situations and emotions.  As parents, sometimes we all feel that we need to portray perfect and really, we are not all perfect, we are messy and stuff happens – and it can be funny, if you let it be funny.    We all have the ability to look at a situation, see the truth of it and find the funny.</br> 
Personally, I started out with long posts on Facebook.  I gravitated to the funny in a situation and then posted.  I was finding that many of the posts that I was reading on Facebook were negative.  I was trying to counteract the negative.  The feedback that I received from people reading my posts led me into blogging.  I also found that I had an opportunity to say just a little bit more with blogging.</br>  
<br>I used to worry about writing about my family.  But, my boys are funny guys and we all love to laugh here.  Now when something funny happens they actually say, “You should write about that!”  </br>
Many of you have have been reading this here blog since before I transitioned to ChicagoNow, back when I was on Blogger. One of the reasons I ended up moving to ChicagoNow was for the opportunities but it’s also given me a great community of other bloggers who all blog about different topics, have different... 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 »
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    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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