Posts in category "Marathon"

My first Chicago Marathon....as a spectator

My first Chicago Marathon....as a spectator
I moved to Chicago over 3 years ago. This is the first time that I actually spectated the Chicago Marathon, and I live close to the route (shame on me!) Plus, I wanted to pay it forward for everyone who cheered me on last year. Seriously, the funny signs helped me keep going, so I... Read more »

Running in the Chicago Marathon? Advice from last year's first-timer

Don't feel guilty if you don't go for a spaghetti feed. But I do recommend limiting the fiber you eat. I normally eat a literal crap-load of fiber, but then loaded up on white breads and dialed back any whole-grains in an effort to reduce runner's trots. It actually helped a lot.
So, you’re running the Chicago Marathon for the first time this year? I have some advice for you. Especially if you’re one of those not-really-a-runner type of person. If you’ve been running 10 miles daily for several years, then feel free to skip over this post. If you’re new to the running world and struggle... Read more »

The Chicago Marathon: A marathoner now (part 2)

The Start Line: Holy shit. I’m going to be running the marathon. Sooo cold…when should I throw off my jacket? How long will it take before Corral E can cross the start line? Dang, there’s no way I can keep up with the pace teams in this corral. 4:00, 4:15, erk. No. Not going to... Read more »
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The Chicago Marathon: A newbie's tale (part 1)

The Chicago Marathon: A newbie's tale (part 1)
I ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. It was my first marathon, and I finished it. In 6 hours and 11 minutes. I did it even though I hadn’t run/trained in about 6 weeks. Or approximately when I started my final semester of grad school. I did it even though my long runs were only... Read more »

Chicago Marathon: Start Carrel Assignment

So, yesterday I got an email from the Chicago Marathon, notifying me that I’m in Start Carrel M. I got excited that I made it into a start carrel, because only faster people make it into a carrel! I wouldn’t have to start with the rest of the masses! Then I realized that Carrel M... Read more »

73 days until the Chicago Marathon: Am I ready?

73 days until the Chicago Marathon: Am I ready?
October seems so far away while we’re suffering through yet another 100+ degree day. We have to finish off July, survive August, and somehow make time for running in September, when school will be in full swing. Then the marathon, on October 7th. 73 more days, according to the marathon website, and 20 hours left,... Read more »
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There's a reason why people run with dogs, not cats

There's a reason why people run with dogs, not cats
My fantastic landlady/pilot/author extraordinaire asked me to take a picture of myself running so she can help me promote my fundraising cause for PAWS Chicago. I decided to take a more creative step, and pose with Joe, a PAWS alumnus (shelter name: Winchell. He was one of our fosters until we fell in love with... Read more »

Why you should donate to PAWS Chicago

Full disclaimer: I like PAWS Chicago. You know how I’m training to run the Chicago marathon? Well, I figured I should go all out and raise money, too. I volunteered a couple of times to walk the dogs at PAWS. My husband and I fostered kittens for them for a while. We adopted our youngest,... Read more »

Please tell me that the runner's trots gets better with time...

I ran Tuesday with my new Garmin 410, and I love it. It was a surprising motivator. Something about seeing my numbers, seeing exactly how far and how fast I’m running, encourages me to keep on going. That’s why, even though I hadn’t run in a month, I was able to run for 6 miles... Read more »
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Happy Birthday, Anna

My littlest sister’s birthday is tomorrow. She will be 10. She is very sweet, with a kind, caring soul. Our family pets loved her, because she could intuitively understand what they wanted–a belly skritch for the dogs, or a gentle pet for the cats. She could tell when the dogs wanted to go outside to... Read more »