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 »

Training for the Cleveland Half Marathon: Experiences of a first timer and a 15th timer

Training for the Cleveland Half Marathon: Experiences of a first timer and a 15th timer
As one of the guest bloggers for the Cleveland Marathon courtesy of Swirlgear, I wanted to share with you two stories. One story from my friend Rae who is currently training to run the Cleveland Half Marathon as her first half marathon (and at which I will be pacing her) and the other story of... Read more »

Chicago Running Bloggers get fit with Chicago Primal Gym

On Tuesday night myself and three other Chicago Running Bloggers attended a complimentary class at Chicago Primal Gym located in Lakeview just off the Belmont stop. Chicago Primal Gym is run by Sean Griffin who has a passion for seeing his clients get results. And while, yes, he wants you to get stronger, he also... Read more »
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Puerto Rico Half Marathon Review: Put a done stamp on it

In case you're curious, this is what a 5 AM race start looks like.
Well, in case you missed it on Facebook or Instagram, I spent the last week having fun in the sun before and after running the Puerto Rico Half Marathon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Admittedly, this race wasn’t even on my radar until Swirlgear partnered with them to host a giveaway for a race entry.... Read more »

Chicago's Pi Day 5K 2014

Chicago's Pi Day 5K 2014
I don’t know if it’s just the people and websites I associate with but it seemed like Pi Day was all over the internet last Friday, March 14th. The first three digits of the number pi are 3.14. Get it? Anyway, my friend Anne and the Wurst Running Club Ever mentioned Chicago’s Pi Day 5K... Read more »

Spin to Break the Cycle Event Review

Welcome to Spin to Break the Cycle! This fundraising event for World Sport Chicago did it up at the House of Blues in Chicago and filled the venue with spin bikes, participants, and cheer squads!
On Saturday, March 8th I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural Spin to Break the Cycle event to raise money for World Sport Chicago. As a member of the media I didn’t have to fundraise but after attending I’m pretty sure I’ll want to next year! Why? Because the energy this group espouses and... Read more »
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True2Life gets sweaty at Sweat on State strength training

True2Life gets sweaty at Sweat on State strength training
This week I found out about another fitness studio in Chicago via the True2Life group: Sweat on State. Sweat on State is located at State and Diversey in Chicago and is a combination of the Workout of the Day (WOD) paradigm and a high intensity interval training studio. What does that mean exactly? It means... Read more »

Spin to Break the Cycle Winners and why I might try for a 5K PR

First, last week I posted about Spin to Break the Cycle and, as promised, here are the lucky winners!         Congrats, ladies! I will be in touch shortly to get you all set up. Remember, even if you didn’t win the giveaway registration for Spin to Break the Cycle is open until... Read more »

Take Over the House of Blues with Spin to Break the Cycle {Giveaway}

Take Over the House of Blues with Spin to Break the Cycle {Giveaway}
A few weeks ago I was invited to be the last minute addition to team Braking Bad at a Cycle for Survival event where you take a spin class for anywhere between one and four hours to raise money for a worthy cause. In that case it was Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers and the fight... Read more »
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Five Things on Friday from Swirlgear, BTN 10K, True2Life, and Rock Solid Health

Some exciting stuff is going on in these parts and I wanted to share it with you. But, since my time (and yours, I’m sure) is limited, let’s do it in the form of a list! 1. I was recently able to take a class at Rock Solid Health in the Humbolt Park neighborhood of... Read more »
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