The Weekly Pulse

wine for stress relief someecard

How was everyone’s weekend?! Mine was pretty good, although I left the weekend with a bit of a cold. Or maybe it’s the training?  Hopefully there’s a quick fix – like eat more! I’m linking up with Tara for the Weekend Update, Katie for Marvelous in my Mondays, and Erin for Weekend Snapshots. First off – […]

How to Love Running

Lauren & Lilian at Schaumburg Turkey Trot

How do you get to love running? 1. Accept that all relationships ebb & flow. Sometimes you will love running, sometimes you may not. But you should give it some attention every day (or week). Just like how you kiss your husband or child daily, even though you may not “love love” them at that […]

How did I get here?

How did I get here? Training for an ironman.  I remember in college, where I’d run for stress and health, and it was a crazy thought that day my friend Monica suggested we do a 5k race. Nine years later, we finally ran a race together!  Loved ones attached too! So how did I go from […]

Three Tips to Improve Your Running

Strength Work at e-Fit

The weather is finally warming up and it’s that time that my legs are starting to itch to do a fast race!  (I’d hoped I’d get that out of my system last weekend, but no dice.  I may be looking for a new 5K to do next rest weekend).  The Ironman training I’m doing is […]

Ironman Wisconsin Training Update – 19 Weeks to Go!

Mike & Emma at Window

Wow… where does time fly?! I feel like just yesterday I was starting my IMOO training with a new group of people. But in reality that was 3 months, one vacation and one job ago!  Here’s what I’ve been up to the past two weeks: Week 21 (4/20-26) – Step Back Week: Monday: 30 minute swim […]

Weekend Antics


Hopefully you got outside this weekend… it was a glorious weekend here in Chicago! Saturday, I did an easy ride with the Chicago Tri Club as a part of our annual bike handling and gear shifting clinic. Thank you to Get-a-Grip for hosting us and leading us on this ride! That’s Adam from Get-a-Grip – […]

Five Must’s for a Smooth Race Day


Who else is tuckered out from this week?! It’s been a challenging week for me, at work, in training, and also showing up in my eating habits.  But today is a fresh day and I’m starting it off right- a filling breakfast, good cuppa coffee, and figuring out what I do to have a great […]

Book Review: Better than Before


I recently finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, about how we make and keep habits.  I found it to be an interesting and relatively quick read.  I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in personal development-type reads, or has enjoyed her earlier books. As […]

Warm Weather Workout Gear

warm weather gear by laurenruns

Happy Tuesday!  The temps are rising, so it’s time to think about what you need for warm weather workouts!  I’m linking up with Katie for Take Time Tuesday, and with Erika, Patty and April for Tuesdays on the Run! I want to take a moment to appreciate spring.  It’s been a hard spring (after a hard winter) but […]

Ravenswood Run Race Recap

post ravenswood run selfie!

Well, it was an interesting weekend!  I was finishing up a rest week, so I had lighter workouts planned (score!) but a 5K on Sunday as my run test. I PR’ed at the Ravenswood Run last year, and I was hoping to pull out a similar performance this year. I even put together a little […]