Category: running

Saying good-bye to the best dog ever

Saying good-bye to the best dog ever
Playing God is not for the faint of heart. It’s not for anyone, really, except maybe God. We just put our dog to sleep. Wrigley had lung cancer. We’d thought it was kennel cough. Then maybe a virus. But she took a turn for the worse, and the time from diagnosis to her death was... Read more »

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS
Back in college, I worked with a guy who always wore a smile on his face and had an uncanny ability to talk backwards. (Really. Like complete sentences.)  Phil Yastrow, or “Smilin’ Phil,” as we used to call him, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, in a perfect example of how sometimes bad things... Read more »

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution
It’s that time of year again, when the marathon is over and you are full of regret because you let another year go by without running it. (Feel free to use the same excuse I used this year: Someone brought back Twinkies.) However, A City Mom believes a better choice than offering excuses is offering solutions!... Read more »
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Chicago Speed Camera at Challenger Park(ing Lot): to keep the kids safe?

Chicago Speed Camera at Challenger Park(ing Lot): to keep the kids safe?
Thank goodness the 1100 block of West Irving Park Road will soon have a speed camera to keep all the children who frequent Challenger Park safe—when they park their cars. Because Challenger Park is a parking lot. (Chicago speed camera locations, according to the Chicago Tribune) What’s that you say, there’s a park across the... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: The Conclusion? I didn't

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: The Conclusion? I didn't
I really, really wanted to like running in Vibram running shoes. I suppose this made me biased from the start of my little experiment here, but, over a year after I started, I no longer run in them. They did, however, change my running form. I think for the better. Now, I’m a solid mid-to... Read more »

Friday Air and Water Show Practice and why it's better at my house

Friday Air and Water Show Practice and why it's better at my house
One of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the Friday practice day for the air and water show. The air show is performed, pretty much as it will be on Saturday and Sunday, but without the crowds and traffic or the radio play by play. Although yesterday, one wise guy was playing the theme... Read more »
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A stolen wallet and iPhone teaches me...gratitude

A stolen wallet and iPhone teaches me...gratitude
A week ago today, someone broke into my car and stole my wallet and cellphone. I was parked on Recreation Drive and had left the car to go running with my dog along the lakefront. It’s the first time in over twenty-years of living in this city that I’ve been the victim of a sort... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes
Yesterday, I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Chicago and my goal was just to finish. I know! Not a lofty goal. I’ve been experiencing some numbness in the toes of my right foot (my plantar fasciitis foot) and didn’t know who was going to show up at the start line. Fortunately, my good toes... Read more »

They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause

They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause
In September, I wrote about three brothers running the Chicago Marathon together. They weren’t doing it to be macho or because it was a good way to spend a day together. They were running to raise money for cancer research, specifically research into mulitple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that one of the brothers, Jeff... Read more »
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Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, Part 7: A new pair of Merrell's

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, Part 7: A new pair of Merrell's
The other day when I was saving my husband money while out shopping at TJ Maxx, I discovered this pair of Merrell running shoes and I knew what I had to do. I mean, just look at them. If I didn’t buy them, nobody would. They are called ”Lithe Glove Cosmo Pink Merrell Performance Footwear,”... Read more »