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 […]

Bathroom Goals – How to Make Them And Then Not Need Them

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A while back I commented on this blog post from Tricia, and it made me think further about goal-setting. I am definitely no stranger to bathroom goals.  I’ve had this history of GI issues when running, which have led me to consult with D.O.s, nutritionists, gastroenterologists, and more.  I know I’m not diagnosed with anything clinical, just […]

Fifty Women to Kona

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I know not everyone who reads my blog follows triathlon, however I wanted to share a discourse that is occurring within the triathlon community right now. At the Kona Ironman World Championships (essentially the Boston Marathon of tri’s), there are professionals & age-groupers, same as in running. At Kona, 50 professional men compete, and 35 women. […]

Five Things I was doing Ten Years Ago

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Linking up with the Friday Five Ladies for a blast from the past!!  What were YOU doing ten years ago? 1. Travelling Southeast Asia after I graduated.  I spent 6 weeks travelling around solo in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and had a blast!  I didn’t have a digital camera at the time, so I don’t […]

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

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Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud Thursday!   1. The winner of the Journal Menu giveaway is Denise!  – please email me at laurenrunschicago-at-gmail-dot-com so we can get you your custom training journal! 2. I went to a Sports Psychology seminar at FFC on Monday night and have been thinking a lot about what […]

My Summer Bucket List

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Happy first fully day of summer!!  It definitely came out yesterday… and looks like it may be here to stay for the Midwest.  My summer is already busy with Ironman training… (enter my giveaway for a training journal!)  but here are some things I’m hoping to do while training this summer. We’ll call this my […]

Life Lately

90 Days to Ironman Wisconsin

Life is flying by! We have 90 DAYS LEFT until Ironman Wisconsin… that’s 3 months! Last week I struggled with energy for my training. I napped every chance I got. Including pulling off into a parking lot on my way home one night because I NEEDED to nap right then and there. Not 30 minutes […]