Tag: running

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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Disappointment with Ragnar Chicago: The 411 On What Happened

Disappointment with Ragnar Chicago: The 411 On What Happened
If you follow me on Facebook or on Twitter this weekend you saw that I was doing Ragnar Chicago, the 12-person, two-day, 195 mile relay race that starts in Madison, Wisconsin and ends at Montrose Beach in Chicago with team number 411. This was my second time participating in the event. When I did it... Read more »