Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner – 30 Days to Go!

IronManStayCalm30DaysFeatureImageOnly 30 Days until Ironman Louisville!  As noted in my last post, I’m a mix of nerves & excitement.

Without further ado, here are the winners for the most recent giveaways:

Zooma Race Entry – Mo from I Heart Pikermis

Venus de Miles Tote & BottleTiina


Congratulations ladies!


Random thoughts Thursday

Sorry I haven’t posted in a week. As always Ironman training is busy, I’m training a new team member at work, and Mike had his longest race ever, Half Ironman Racine, last weekend.


1. I am tired of training. Weary of the time management on the workouts,really, and the feeling exhausted at work each day.
2. Everyone in my tri group has done a 70.3 in the last two weeks. They all did pretty well, and I’m jealous of their times. My HIM hadn’t gone as expected,and I’m frustrated at what I perceive as slow.
3. So I’ve been looking at redemption races. Part of me wants to prove to myself that I’ve got the speed in me, but we are also one month out from IM Louisville.

4. Every time I try to go to the beach for an open water swim, it’s bad weather. I am cursed.

5. Madison trips this weekend & next – yay!

6. I am learning that I am a person who needs two rest days a week.

7. I am a lazy eater. I have no preferences most of the time, and am eating for fuel or stress.

Seven Things I love about Venus de Miles & Giveaway

I’m getting excited for my favorite group ride event of the year… Venus de Miles!  If you’re thinking of riding, sign up now and you can use my discount code “LaurenRuns” to get $5 off your entry!  If you’re on the fence, read on for my 7 Reasons to Ride Venus de Miles — and for a giveaway at the bottom!

Seven Things I love about Venus de Miles:

  1. There is great aid station support.  There were 4 aid stations (18, 35, 45, 55 miles) that were all catered by Whole Foods. All the apples, bananas, two-bite brownies, mini cookies, bagels & nut butter that you could want.  Plus Skratch Labs electrolyte drink to fill your water bottle up with.   The volunteers kept pushing us to take more, so I’m glad Katie & I shared a stock-up backpack.

    The goodies from our backpack... halloween for athletes!

    The goodies from our backpack… halloween for athletes!

  2. The bathrooms are beautiful & well stocked. No stinky port-a-potties here.  There were tables at each station with nice-to-haves like antibacterial gel, sunscreen, tampons, and chafe cream.
  3. The course is well marked.  Like very well marked.  I recalled a section last year where a group of us got lost, and was aware of when that might occur this year.  The course was so well marked I couldn’t quite figure out where we deviated last year… sign of improvement! Not only are there arrows pointing you along, but also orange reminder signs for both cyclists and vehicles of areas needing single file, or where we’d be passing to the left lane to make a turn.
  4. It benefits an awesome charity that works to provide opportunities, mentorship, and ongoing support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. Greenhouse Scholars is exactly the type of organization I’m proud to support as they encourage the students they nurture to become “difference makers” – not only in their own professional lives but also in their communities.
  5. The atmosphere at Venus de Miles is second to none. I’m accustomed to running & triathlon events where (somewhere) there are always people gunning for a great time.  That is not the case at Venus. Everyone is so supportive, and I love that.  There is no “Move over!”… it’s “Good morning, on your left”.  This was where I did my first long ride, and I struggled. Everyone makes you feel great, from the other riders to the volunteers.  In the Chicago Running bloggers community, this event is becoming a “must do” and we had an awesome supportive turnout.

    Chicago Running Bloggers

    The Chicago Running Bloggers

  6. Post Ride Party was awesome.  I feel like I’ve been getting used to lackluster post-race parties at running events where you get a bagel & bag of chips and are sent on your way.  At Venus de Miles:  cocktails from North Shore Distillery & beer from Goose Island, great gourmet sandwiches, and delicious ice cream from the Jeni’s truck (they’re coming to Chicago!)

    Mmmm salty caramel ice cream

    Mmmm salty caramel ice cream

  7. Venus de Miles is about improving community.  It does it through it’s camaraderie, and making cycling an accessible activity, making it fun to do the ride in a group of friends, and to benefit the Greenhouse Scholars.  Whatever your reason, you’re tied into the event for community, and are supported by your community.  As I was there, I saw people from my training groups, groups of friends, and businesses that support my healthy lifestyle. I feel so comfortable there, and encourage anyone who wants to try riding in a distance event to look at Venus de Miles as a milestone for your training or as a celebration of what you can do.

You can still donate to Greenhouse Scholars in time,  or money, as this is a great organization.  If you are a foodie, you should consider going to the Community Dinner

So here is how you enter to win this super cute tote and water bottle!

Venus bag_water bottle 4(1)

  • Post This On Twitter: The Venus de Miles all-women’s road ride (Aug. 9) supports really incredible students. Use code MommyRace to save $5! Find out more here: #ridevenus
  •  Post This On Facebook: Looking for something to do on August 9? Venus de Miles, a non-competitive all-women’s road ride raises money to support really incredible students from Illinois. Use code LaurenRuns to save $5! Find out more here: #ridevenus
  •  Like Venus de Miles on Facebook:

 After you have done any or all of the above, leave me a comment to tell me what you did and I can count you in the drawing!  Drawing closes on Tuesday, July 22 at midnight CST!