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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="http://the-style-files.com/">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 »
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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 »

From Fort2Base to Getting Fly: The Running I've Been Doing

This has been one busy week! In fact, I am looking forward to my long Labor Day weekend because I am exhausted! Why? Because this week I’ve done three running related events including the Fort2Base 10 Nautical Mile race, hanging at Road Runner Sports with some fellow Swirlgear Ambassadors, and running a 4×1600 mile relay... Read more »

Upcoming Chicago Running Events

I’m participating in several upcoming running-related events and wanted to share them with you in case you are interested! Swirlgear at Road Runner Sports – Tuesday, August 27th Several local Swirlgear ambassadors are hosting an event at the Road Runner Sports at 1435 N Kingsbury. There will be a fun 30 minute run and then... Read more »
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5 5Ks in 5 Days Challenge Complete!

5 5Ks in 5 Days Challenge Complete!
How does one even begin to sum up a week of 5 races? Especially when that week of races happened during Chicago’s first major heatwave of the year. Of course, I didn’t have any idea the weather would throw me for a loop when I signed up so I just had to make the best... Read more »

5 5Ks in 5 Days: My Own Personal Running Challenge

5 5Ks in 5 Days: My Own Personal Running Challenge
It all started with the Strike Out ALS 5K.  I added that to my race calendar as a definite.  But I also keep a separate calendar with potential races on it. And the same week as the Strike Out ALS 5K? I had the Burgers & Beer 5K and the Esprit de She races listed... Read more »

My Annual Fourth of July Race

My Annual Fourth of July Race
Ever since I joined the Oak Park Runners Club I’ve been running the Four on the Fourth Fourth of July race in Elmhurst, Illinois. Which means I’ve now run this race four times. The course is always the same with a hill you love to hate during miles two and three (it’s an out and... Read more »
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The Strike Out ALS 5K: How I Choose a Charity Race

The Strike Out ALS 5K: How I Choose a Charity Race
I don’t typically run races that have a fundraising component. Personally, I feel as though I would need a strong personal connection to the charity to throw my heart and soul into fundraising for something like that. However, there are three topics that I feel would be worthy of my time. Most people know I’m... Read more »
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    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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