Posts tagged "northwest suburbs"

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 »

Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure Race Recap

Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure Race Recap
First thing’s first, though. The winner of the free AIR Aerial Fitness class is….Emily!! Congrats, Emily. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Now, onto my sorely belated recap of the Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure race. Kim already wrote up a really awesome recap on her own blog which, really, you... Read more »

Lincolnwood Turkey Trot Race Report

Lincolnwood Turkey Trot Race Report
How do you know you’re a hardcore runner? When the temperature is barely in the teens and you’re still suited up to run a race. Of course, there was no way I was going to miss the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot. It’s one of my favorite races of the year! In fact, I’ve run either the... Read more »
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Essential Fitness: The Best Workout North of Chicago

A few years ago my friend Kim started working out with Brian, a personal trainer from Essential Fitness who did home visits. Then Brian built his own studio for Essential Fitness and started offering group strength training classes. Then Kim become a personal trainer herself and began teaching her own classes at the studio! This... Read more »

Why You Should Ride Venus de Miles

Why You Should Ride Venus de Miles
Before time gets away from me, I wanted to write my post about the 2013 Venus de Miles bike ride for Greenhouse Scholars. I’ve been struggling with what I wanted to write. Not because I didn’t have a good time. I had a great time! A big shout out to Alyssa for pushing me to... Read more »

Pros and Cons of Chicago's Bike the Drive (Plus a giveaway!)

Pros and Cons of Chicago's Bike the Drive (Plus a giveaway!)
I’d never done Bike the Drive before but since I’m currently training for Venus de Miles I knew I wanted to participate in at least one longer, supported ride before July 28th. And that’s exactly what Bike the Drive is. Just like Venus de Miles, it’s not a race. It’s just a supported ride with... Read more »
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Venus de Miles: The Best Way to Bike

Venus de Miles: The Best Way to Bike
I bought my first road bike in 2010.  Actually, it was my first bike in almost 10 years. And just like most things I do these days, I wasn’t content to use it for short distances. Well, actually, at first I was. But then I decided to up the stakes a bit. I did two... Read more »

Small Town Run, Big Time Fun

Small Town Run, Big Time Fun
About 50 miles north of Chicago is a suburb called Round Lake.  Admittedly, I’d have never know it existed except my best friend lives near there.  My best friend also loves to talk me into running races with her (it’s not hard to do) and several years ago she talked me into running the Frosty... Read more »

Do as I Say, Not as I Duathlon: Run and Roll for the Dole

Do as I Say, Not as I Duathlon: Run and Roll for the Dole
Back in July I participated in the Venus de Miles 60 mile bike ride.  I had so much fun and immediately started thinking about other bike events I could do.   Last year I did two duathlons and had a great time at both.  So why not find another one to do in 2012? Some quick... Read more »
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