Category Archives: Running

almost here

Less than a month!

I ran 20 miles on Saturday which means the Marathon is almost here. It is also part of the reason why this little space has been so barren lately. Work, class, running, wedding, life keeps getting in the way of me, my camera and my kitchen. I promise to be back soon.

I’ve been busy

Door County Mosaic

Life is getting in the way of this little space but I’m not dead (in case you were worried). I will be back soon with a review of a wonderful cookbook (that I received a sample of months ago and have slowly tried out) but for the time being, go check out my pictures from my trip to Door County, Wisconsin and read about my first half marathon.  My Chicago Marathon training officially started yesterday (did I tell you that I’m a masochist and signed up for it?) but my left calf muscle has something wonky with it, so I’m getting that checked out.  I will also be back on Friday to give you a little update on a little wedding planning on my -1 year anniversary (I’m marrying Dave on 5/14/11). My cold knocked me off my Project 365 horse so I haven’t decided what to do, but I might just pick back up in June.  I hope life has also been keeping you busy and hopefully happy.  Promise to be back soon.

1st and 10: Soldier Field 10 Mile Recap

As you might know if you ever clicked over to my “Training Page,” I spent the spring training for the Soldier Field 10 Mile (and raising money for the American Cancer Society) with Chicago Endurance Sports. Before this race, my longest race distance was an 8K (4.98 miles) so this was a pretty lofty goal but I DID IT! Continue reading

7 Miles and the Market

This morning I got up and ran 7 miles along the lakefront ending at the last Green City up at the Nature Museum. I am really glad that they managed to have a market throughout the winter but I am VERY excited for it to come back down into the park right by my apartment. My legs are getting very tight/sore/tired from all my training but I feel pretty awesome that I was able to run for an hour and 20 mins today (I run slow and don’t hesitate to drink a few gulps at every water fountain I see). 2 years ago, I couldn’t even run a mile. Continue reading

A Snowy Shuffle


Well I woke up this morning at 7AM and immediately walked over to the balcony to get a peek outside and it was total white-out. After checking out the radar and seeing that it wasn’t going to let up in the next 3 hours and that the wind was blowing to 30MPH, Brian, Julia and I decided to not run the Shuffle. I will admit that I was rather disappointed. However, I know that it would have been cold, wet, slippery, and miserable and I didn’t want to risk slipping and hurting myself so early into my 10 mile training. Instead I did my required “long run” of 4 miles on the treadmill.

Check out these pics here if you want to see the crazy motivated people that actually made it out to the race.

Update at 5:38PM:  It is now sunny, 40 degrees and the slush has melted.  That is all.

One of those weeks

[Warning: I am doing a little bit of complaining in this post]

Do you have those weeks where you are just apathetic about doing anything?  And when you actually summon the energy deep inside to do something, it doesn’t go as planned?  It has been one of those weeks.  Dave has been in San Fran for work since Wed which has made me not want to cook (cooking for one, is just not as much fun).  No desire to cook, has kept me away from grocery stores.  My past two training runs have been filled with crazy side stickers (felt like my whole  diaphragm was on fire) plus shin pain for the first time ever.  And to top it all off, they are predicting 1-2 inches of snow for the first time in weeks,  for the Shuffle tomorrow morning (and I sorta ran into a pole-like thingie, digging through my goodie bag to pull out a some what disappointing shirt at the Health and Fitness Expo yesterday and now I have a painful bump on my nose). 

It has been on of those weeks.

However……I came home on Thursday to a “See Doorman” sticker on my mailbox and this was waiting for me.

Andrea at Bella Eats asked for my address after I sent her a bag of my granola because she wanted to send me a treat. (I really wasn’t expecting anything out of my granola sharing, I just really loved the way it turned out and love to share with friends-even those that I only know through the internet and really hope that I can meet some day).

Banana Date Bread! Let me just say that this is some of the best banana bread I have ever had. It is incredibly moist and flavorful. I have been slowly enjoying it, trying to not eat it in one sitting so that Dave can have some when he gets back today.

I will be making this again when the banana bread craving strikes. It really is that good. I really is amazing how writing this simple blog has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and sweet people. I need to jump in the shower because I am actually meeting two local reader/bloggies at Argo at 1.

Thank you Andrea for being so sweet and really giving me a smile during one of those weeks. 🙂

PS-I currently have some Rancho Gordo‘s soaking for an appealing recipe that I hope to share tomorrow after the snowy Shuffle.

Learning to love running

Last year around this time, I was gearing up to run my first race, the Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  I was proud of myself for jumping in and doing something slightly longer than a 5K and training during the winter.  


Fast forward a year later and I have run three more 5Ks, dealt with plantar fasciitis and bad asthma (but thankfully treated both successfully so far) and I am training again for the Shamrock Shuffle and now the Solider Field 10 Mile!!  I decided to sign up for a training program through Fleet Feet and Chicago Endurance Sports which starts in 2 weeks.  I think it will be good to have some structure and accountability for the training, plus meet some people that I can hopefully continue to be active with throughout the summer.  I have also decided to make this race more than just something for my own personal satisfaction and benefit.  I am running this race as an American Cancer Society charity runner!  In college, I raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through my involvement in Up ’til Dawn but I have taken 2 years off actively raising money for charitable purposes.  I know that this economy is making everyone worried about their career (I know I’m terrified about unemployment come Post-Bar July) and their investments, but charities are struggling just as much if not more.  So I hope that all my friends, family and blog readers (who ever you are out there) will go to my website and donate as little or as much as you can.  Even just $1 or $5 or $10 dollars. For those of you who are local, I can promise some form of baked good as my appreciation (and even for those who are non-local for the right donation amount 😉 if you get my drift). Thank you in advance for your support. I am sure that I will be getting your advice and discussing some of my training up and downs in the coming months.

Please go donate here.