Thankful Things Thursday!

Well, December is flying by!  It’s been a little while since I posted, so here’s what am thankful for that’s been going on in my life:

Some holiday parties – mostly triathlon-themed ones :) At one we had a triathlon-themed dessert-off.  I tried but my icing-painting skills are not up to par with others! And at others we just enjoyed ourselves, and posed with Power Gels!

Wellfit holiday party – at Goose Island’s Barrel House 

Closed on our first house!  I’m super excited about this :) We’re staying in Chicago, but moving to a bigger space and parking.  We move in mid-January.  One thing I am super thankful about is that we will not have to navigate the street parking again one more winter here at our current spot!

first home card

Winter workouts – even if it’s just at the gym since it hasn’t really snowed yet! I appreciate it best when it’s with friends! Although I don’t love it if it’s before 9 AM :)

renee and lauren

Catching up on Netflix… we started watching The Walking Dead together, and Scandal is my “me time” TV show these days!

Becoming a Coeur Sports Ambassador for 2015!  I found out about this on Monday and I am super excited to be a part of the team and to represent a women’s-focused brand!

coeur ambassador


I’m off next week and planning to take some time to celebrate the season with family and friends, and to reflect on the year ending and the new one beginning.  Happy Thursday!  

What are you thankful for this week?  

Planning for Next Year’s Race Season

So I’ve set some major goals for next year. I’ve got a few things on my plate:

  1. Ironman Wisconsin.  09.13.2015.  Goal:  14:30 or faster.  (This was my secret time goal that got away from me at IMLOU.  I want revenge.)
  2. A 70.3 in 6:30 or less.  Also a goal I didn’t meet this year.
  3. A 2:00:xx or faster half marathon.  Unfortunately, there’s a theme here – didn’t meet that at my one open half this year (last weekend) or at last year’s turkey trot either.

These are the goals.  I may or may not make them, but I’m going to try my darnedest to get close.  These will be my “A” races (although note, I have to figure out a half marathon for this).Dates Steps Actions

What’s next in the planning process:

I’m going to be using the Triathlete’s Training Bible as a guide to help me fill in what I need to focus on.

1. Identify my limiters.

These are the items that currently limit my ability to achieve my goals today.  These may be things like endurance, muscular strength, injuries, form, etc.  I’ll be going through a questionnaire from the Training Bible book to figure out which ones I need to focus on the most.

2. Set intermediate goals.

Well, some of these goals build upon one another.  The stronger & more easily I complete a 70.3, the more likely I am to be successful at my Ironman goal.  But there’s also some key “training” goals I’ll be setting here too.

3. And at least until my Ironman training starts up again in February, work on those limiters!

Schaumburg Turkey Trot {Race Recap}

Our Turkey Trots seem to escalate a bit every year, and it started when I first started dating Mike.  The first year I ever did a turkey trot was in 2007, and I did a neighborhood 5K in Glenview, at the same event Mike had run since high school.  When we did our Thanksgiving at my parents house (2008?), it was a 10K because that was the closest we could find.

Well, last year we were in marathon training mode, and it became a half marathon turkey trot.  And of course we couldn’t back down this year!


So Saturday I ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon for the second time. Last year I PR’ed, and this year kicked my butt.IMG_0049

Overall, it’s a well-run race and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. A bunch of friends also showed up, so it was a win!

My recap:

  1. In getting back into training post-IMLOU, I’d run 10.5 miles as my longest distance.
  2. I felt great on this race (i.e. exceeding my goal of keeping at a 10:20 pace)… until mile 10.5 when my right leg decided not play well any more.
  3. I saw Amanda (!) and we ran together for a while.
  4. Caffeinated gel before the start (15 minutes), at mile 3.75, and mile 10 — should have kept this at 8.25 as I’d originally planned.
  5. We did not see any elk this year
  6. When I was suffering, Amanda offered me pickle juice! It was weird but good.
  7. What I thought was a cramp was an overall tight hamstring (and ITB).
  8. I tried to suffer through and keep moving
  9. There was a girl in an Ironman sweatshirt.  I didn’t want her to get too far ahead of me.  I think I beat her.
  10. I didn’t like the run finishing on grass, but they made up for it with hot apple cider at the end.


  • Miles 1-4:  9:27, 9:52, 10:03, 10:36
  • Miles 5-9: 10:14, 10:24, 10:07, 10:28, 10:28
  • Miles 10-13.1:  11:19, 11:08, 12:13, 10:47, 1:01

Lesson learned:  It really pays to train!  My half-assing of training, and getting tired of doing the longer runs did not pay off.  My endurance from Ironman training does not last 3 months.

FINAL TIME:  2:19:42
NEXT RACE:  New Year’s Day 5K, 1.1.2015