Posts tagged "races"

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 »

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 »

Thoughts on the 2014 Chicago Marathon Lottery Registration

Thoughts on the 2014 Chicago Marathon Lottery Registration
Okay, so, if you pay attention to the running scene at all in Chicago you’ve probably already heard that for 2014 the Chicago Marathon is going to a hybrid of guaranteed entry spots and lottery. From the Chicago Marathon website: Guaranteed Entry Opportunities Charity Program Those who opt to run for an official Chicago Marathon... Read more »

All hail the 2014 Snow Fun Run Sausage Queen

In 2011 I ran my first Lakes Area Running Club S-No-W Fun Run 5 mile race in Lake Geneva. You can read all about it here if you want. My main memories from that race? The horrible hill during the last mile and spectators at the post-race party telling me I should have won the... 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 »

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 »

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="">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 »

More Chicago 5Ks: Blackhawks Mad Dash to Madison and Oktoberfest 5K

Last week was another week of multiple 5Ks. I mean, it wasn’t 5 5Ks in 5 Days or anything but I did run two Chicago 5Ks. Mad Dash to Madison 5K The first was the Chicago Blackhawks Training Festival Mad Dash to Madison on Monday, September 16th. Apparently this event usually takes place on a... Read more »
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