Category: Running

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 »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »

What I learned from the Runners' World Run Streak

What I learned from the Runners' World Run Streak
If you’ve been following along on Facebook (and if not, why not?) you know that this year I decided to participate in the Runners’ World Holiday Run Streak. What did that mean? It means I pledged to run at least one mile per day starting on Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Day. I admit... 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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Six Reasons You Should Join the Chicago Area Runners Association

1. Earning points by running CARA Circuit Races. I can help my running club, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oak-Park-Runners-Club/218763944971960">Oak Park Runners Club</a>, earn points at CARA Circuit Races. This is a series of races in the Chicagoland area that are judged to be the best of the best so you know if you're running a <a href="http://cararuns.org/Racing/CARA%20Runners%20Choice%20Circuit%20Competition.aspx">CARA Circuit Race</a> you're going to get a quality event.
If you live or run in Chicago and you’ve ever been on the Lakefront trail on a Saturday summer morning you’ve seen the hoards of runners running two by two, stopping at pop-up water stations, with someone in front wearing a shirt that says “CARA” on it. That’s the Chicago Area Runners Association marathon training... Read more »