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 […]

January Review and February SMART Goals


Good morning y’all!  I hope everyone stayed nice and cozy… we had the craziest blizzard here in Chicago.  In our alley we were shoveling out about 18+ inches worth of snow to help neighbors try to get out last night! And that was after our Sunday Super Bowl dinner.  We didn’t watch the big game, but instead […]

My 2015 Race Schedule

Ironman Puerto Rico 70.3 Registration

We’re getting into the thick of things for 2015 and I’m sharing my race plans today!  Especially since I’ve got a couple “biggies” this year… and one of them is just 2 months away! In December I talked about some of my racing goals: Ironman Wisconsin.  09.13.2015.  Goal:  14:30 or faster. A 70.3 in 6:30 […]

2015 Goals: The Year of Awesome!

2015 goals

Happy New Year! 2014 was good, and I’m looking at 2015 to be even better!  I’ve set out a few simple-ish goals for 2015 to help keep me moving in a certain direction.     Fitness Goals:  1000 running miles – this translates to 84 miles per month, or an average of 21 miles per […]

Evaluating my 2014 Goals

As we wrap up the end of the year, I want to share my reflections on my 2014 goals: 1. Organize My Home  — eh, I did do some things, but we also put in a lot of energy toward finding a new home this fall.  Goal will roll over into 2015!  2. Plan a Date […]

Planning for Next Year’s Race Season

Dates Steps Actions

So I’ve set some major goals for next year. I’ve got a few things on my plate: 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.) A 70.3 in 6:30 or less.  Also a goal I didn’t meet this year. A […]

November Review & December Goals

Hello December

I saw the December date on the calendar today, and I have to admit, it was a bit of a shock!  We’re definitely wrapping up the end of this year already! (source)  How did I do on my November Goals? Follow the Advocare 24 Challenge well! November 3-27. Fell off track, but got back on. Still working […]

November Goals


Gobble Gobble!  November and fall are one of my favorite times of year, and it’s flying by!  I penned this at the beginning of the month, but never published. My goals for this month: Follow the Advocare 24 Challenge well! November 3-27. Complete Cross-Fit Elements (completed last week!) and 5 CF workouts Run 100 miles […]

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Ironman Bribery Edition

Lulu Shorts

Only a few more days to enter my giveaway for handheld tunes!  OK so I haven’t exactly treated myself yet to these, but this is my public declaration of bribing myself.  I really want to accomplish my training plan for this training block (next 3 weeks: May 19-June 8).  Sticking to the training plan is […]

Growth & April Goals

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Congratulations to Nicole Kesten for winning a race entry to the 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon!  Email me for details!                       I’m pretty proud of myself. I had a REALLY hard day at work on Tuesday, and my typical M.O. when I get super-stressed is to […]