Five Race-Cations I’d Do Again

PR70.3 Finish

Happy Friday! I love to travel, and thought I’d share my top five race-cations — vacations I’ve taken and raced at! I’m linking up with Mary, Cynthia and Courtney today for the Friday Five! Props to the DC ladies! Amsterdam Amsterdam was a lot of fun as a vacation spot – exploring Europe, drinking beer, eating food, walking […]

Tri Talk Tuesday: How to Get Started Bike Riding


Well, it’s a Tuesday, so it’s time to talk about Triathlon!  I’m trying to post my most informational posts on triathlon training on Tuesdays.  Today I’m linking up with Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?!, Courtney at The TriGirl Chronicles, and Phaedra at Blisters and Black Toenails, who host Tri-Talk Tuesday! First off, I’m guest posting today over at […]

23 Weeks Left Until IMOO2015

IMOO 2015 Training Updates

Happy Monday!   I announced (quietly) that I started a new job last week, and I was a little worried on how my new routine would go for my Ironman training.  I was a bit stressed last week, which didn’t go so well for my testing, but I do think that I’m settling pretty well […]

Three Things Thursday!

Dare2Tri Season Kickoff

1. I started a new job!  It’s still very early in the honeymoon period, however I think it will be a good fit for me in terms of matching my experiences with an exciting new project on creating a full-scale app to help patients manage their experience with their NorthShore Health System healthcare provider.  Still very […]

Elimination Diet Follow-up

Paleo Everything Bagels

Well, it’s been a little while since I last chatted about the elimination diet I started back in January. At the end of February I started to plan out how I would conscientiously reintroduce the foods I’d eliminated to see how I reacted to each of them. To Beans: I felt uncomfortably full after I […]

24 Weeks Left Until IMWI!!! (and the week I learned a lot about habits)


Well, this week I learned a few things about myself. I had another week off from working in a staycation mode. I thought I’d be all about catching up on workouts and getting things done. The week did not go quite as planned. It was a step-back week training-wise, but I stepped back a bit much. […]

2015 Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

Chicago Running Bloggers at Shamrock Shuffle 2015

Another Shamrock Shuffle done… bring on the Chicago Road Racing season!   This race is a must-do for me, and I’ve signed up for it every year I’ve lived in Chicago: 2009 – I registered but did not run in 2009 when there was a lot of snow and Mike was in the hospital 2010 – […]

Puerto Rico 70.3 Race Report

PR70.3 Race Recap @ Lauren Runs

Well, it’s a rest week so I suppose I should work on finishing up my race report from the last race… especially since my next one (Shamrock Shuffle) is tomorrow! So here’s the vlog I did the day after the race: And for the details, you can read below. Going into the race– I was […]

25 Weeks Left Until Ironman Wisconsin!

PAWS Virtual 5K garmin time

The name of the game this week was Puerto Rico!  I’ll be sharing more about the trip and a more formal race report soon.  Since I’d raced, and since I was out of my normal elements, this week took a bit of a different look at training! And onto last week’s workouts: Monday: 15 minute […]

Winter Running Photos

Snow pile stretching

So our weather has really changed on us.  I’m not sad about that (or that I’m in Puerto Rico this weekend!).  However I think that running in all seasons makes you a stronger runner and athlete overall.  The ability to not let the weather dictate your actions.  And for me, pushing myself is a big […]