Take Time Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  I’m feeling awesome, partly because I just finished up my first real swim workout since Ironman.  I’ve splashed around a bit, but this was the first time actually swimming.  Go team Well-fit with their 5:45 AM swims!

swim!That wasn’t quite a frostly swim day (the photo is from Louisville), but it was good to feel what it’s like to swim again.  I’d like to take time to appreciate my workout buddies, as I’ve really been depending on them to help keep me going on getting back into a triathlon training routine.  It’s good, since I’m trying to decide on whether I could be ready for a 70.3 in March (in Puerto Rico).  I pretty much have to dedicate myself now to the training, but would love to get a head start on my missed 70.3 time goal from last year!

The other group is my Chicago Tri Club friends, where there’s a Sunday “Muffin Run” group that gets me up for a run on a Sunday morning!  You run and then brunch, and even if I don’t go run with them, I know if I’m going to see someone later, I better have run or worked out before I see them on a Sunday.

Muffin Run


Linking up with Katie and Becky as getting in my workouts with friends is an important part of taking care of myself and treating myself well!




Happy Sunday!  It’s been a little while (life gets busy you know!) but I’m happy to report that I’m back at the triathlon swing of things!  I’ve got the Schaumburg Half Marathon coming up this Friday (we’ll see how that goes), and I’m trying to decide if I can get back into Half Ironman shape for a March HIM… in Puerto Rico!  Thoughts?! Or anyone want to volunteer to do a relay with me?back from hiatus


Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Pound (my initials with my maiden name were LB)
  2. Laure-ano
  3. Mr Burns (from the Simpsons)
  4. Christina

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Lifeguard
  2. Babysitter/ dog sitter
  3. Barista
  4. Project Manager

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  1. Pearl Harbor
  2. Ten Things I Hate About You
  3. Lion King
  4. Billy Madison

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Hunger Games Trilogy
  2. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey (Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography)
  3. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – I know, a bit cheesy, but I love it! 
  4. It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Silver Spring, MD
  2. Santiago, Chile
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Chicago, IL

Four Places you have visited:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Greece
  3. Vietnam
  4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. On a beach
  2. Curled up on the couch, under a blanket
  3. By an outdoor pool
  4. San Francisco

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. IPAs
  2. artificial grape things (taste too much like grape medicine)
  3. mmm… not sure what else.  I eat pretty much everything.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Eggs – most ways!
  2. Pizza
  3. Brussels Sprouts
  4. Swedish Fish

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Chicago Fire
  2. Law & Order SVU
  3. Modern Family
  4. The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year/ next year:

  1. Moving to a new home and getting settled in (!)
  2. Hitting a big PR goal I’ve had (half marathon or HIM)
  3. Another fun summer of #IMWI training
  4. Baking something fun for the holidays

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Understandable
  2. I should go run
  3. It’s cold outside
  4. Can I go to bed now?

Four people I tag to answer these questions:

  1. Katie
  2. Emily
  3. Tiina
  4. Amanda

Pick a question from above and give your 4 answers!

How to buy new running shoes

Shoes are one of the most ‘complicated’ things about running – what’s supposed to be a simple sport! Rebecca from I Think I will Run Today posted asking for help.  Here are my tips:

1. If you liked either of the shoes you wore before, you could buy them online for cheaper than in a brick & mortar store. I search on google and a few other spots, and have bought from Sierra Trading Post and Holabird Sports for their deals. I only buy online for shoes I know I want, and once a year I go into a brick & mortar running store to get re-fit (and support my local businesses).



2. If you do buy at a brick & mortar store, you should not be afraid to take advantage of their return policy. Most places will let you return them within 30 days, even if they have been worn. If the running store doesn’t offer that, don’t buy from them. (What happens with those shoes: they sell them at running expo’s! Check out Road Runner Sports at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo and you’ll see their huge tables of slightly worn shoes at huge discounts).

3. When buying at a brick & mortar, go to the place you feel the most comfortable at. I would probably buy my next set of running shoes from RoadRunner Sports if I had to buy again right now.