Tuesday Laughs

This may be a new series. We’ll see. Wanted to share something to make you laugh:   there’s a youtube video there if you’re not seeing it, click into the post.   Related posts: Ironman? This may make you re-think Triathlon Tuesday & HB Tunes Winners Madison Mini Marathon 2012 Race Recap Triathlon Tuesday: Get […]

Five Things Friday #5

IMWI Ready!

Hello! Popping in from the last week of Ironman training, with one more 100+ mile ride to go this weekend.  After that it’s taper & rest!  I know there’s a lot of written recapping… sorry it’s hard to take photos while on a bike or in the water!  (And I just forgot on the run!). […]

Block Island Mineral Sunblock Review

Block Island Sunscreen

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I received the Natural Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 30 to review. This post contains links to the Block Island Organics websites but my only compensation was the sunscreen. It’s no surprise that one of my big challenges in endurance training and racing is sun protection. I’ve had some […]

Favorite Fall Races


Well, first there’s the big one:   Then, after that… I’m not really sure.  As you may have noticed, I’ve gotten a bit fatigued mentally from the endurance training, so I’m holding back on deciding on any races until after I cross the finish line at Ironman Wisconsin. A few things I’m thinking about: wine, […]

39 Days to Go to Ironman Wisconsin!

OMG! I don’t remember these nerves last year during training.  I know I’ve been training more, and longer, this year, but I think I’m more nervous than last year! This past weekend I had a crazy training weekend!  I went up to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend with some CTC friends Tiffany & Wei.  We participated […]

New Journal Menu Giveaway Winner!

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Never heard from the original winner of my Journal Menu giveaway, so I’ve randomly selected a new one! Nicole X – congratulations! Please email me at laurenrunschicago-at-gmail-dot-com so we can get you connected with the Journal Menu team to design your custom training journal!! Related posts: New Winner for Chicago Half Giveaway IMOO Training Update: […]

7 Weeks to Go! Ironman Training Update – the good, the bad, the ugly!

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It’s 48 days to go until Ironman Wisconsin, so I’m starting to get a bit nervous!  Am I doing enough?  Am I recovering enough?  Will I meet my goals? Last week was about recovery from the Racine 70.3, so it was a hodge podge as you’ll see, of good, bad and ugly.   That’s how life […]


Currently… A post on “things of the moment” for me (#3). [Inspired by Erica, Marcia and other bloggers.] Last time I wrote a post like this was in November… so long ago! State of things:  I’m in the thick of Ironman Wisconsin training, so life revolves around fitting in work, training, eating, sleeping and hopefully seeing […]

Adult Care Packages #FTW


Life is busy, and sometimes we need a treat.  While I’ve written that the ultimate treat for me is time, sometimes you just need a little material love, ya know? This is where my “Adult Care Packages” come in.  I mean the subscription boxes that are all the rage these days.  I’ve done a few […]

Friday Five: Fourth of July

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Happy almost Fourth! I’m linking up with the DC ladies for a Friday Five edition July-Fourth style. Thank you  Mar, Cynthia and Courtney for hosting! Five Things I Have Been Doing the Last Several Years on the Fourth of July: 1. Go for a bike ride. Triathlon training, duh. I’ll be out there for five and a half hours this […]