Monday, April 7, 2014

March in Review

I don't know about you but this year is moving too fast!  Although I'm not sorry to see the winter go, I am ready for spring and summer.  Chicago is trying...temps will be ranging between 40-60 degrees so that's an improvement.  Let's see how things shaped up for March.

Running Miles: 77.22
Swim Distance: 2,350 yards (2 swim days)
Crossfit Days: 0
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 8
# of Workout Days this month: 20 (64.5%)

March was definitely a step in the right direction. 

Running: My running mileage improved with 77.22 for March (January was 63.66, February was 55.09).  I was sick the first week of March so I barely ran during the week, and I probably would have run 1 or 2 more days this month if I hadn't been sick.

Swim Distance: This also improved as far as total yards went although I still did only get in 2 days of swimming and that was in the second half of the month. Total yards have been 800 for January, 1,625 for February, and 2,350 yards for March.  My goal for swimming this month is to swim at least 4 times regardless of total distance each time.

Crossfit: Well, that was zero because I stopped going when my groupon ended.  My idea was to buy the punch card and go 1 or 2 times a week but I never wanted to fork over the money. We will see what happens with this. I really liked going.

Strength Training/Cross Training:  This category includes all things not running. So biking, swimming, walking, ab work, etc.  I did decent this month, the same as for the month of January and a step up from February. I still need to get better in the strength training department.

# of Workout days this month: I realized that I didn't want to put too much emphasis on this category but it is fun to keep track of. So far every month, I've worked out 64% - 65% which is interesting. Again, with the week of being sick, I took 4 total days off for being sick and probably would have worked out 2 of those days so my average could have been a bit higher this month. No worries. As long as I'm moving, I'm good.

Weight Loss - another thing I was doing was weight watchers. As I said before, I originally lost 90 lbs on weight watchers but put back on 30-35 pounds. My goal is to take that off.  I lost 12.2 lbs so far but last week was less than stellar and put back on 3-ish pounds. That woke me up (and that hurt!), so dusting myself off and back to the grind!  I will keep you posted on my progress.  I'm very happy with it so far and feel great.

This past weekend, I watched and helped out some amazing friends run the Lakefront Ultra 50k. I ended up running a total of 14.28 miles, mostly with my friend Sharon and then with Melanie. They all did great and I'm so proud of them! Makes me want to do another...sometime. 

Running some miles with Melanie

After the race L-R, Melanie, Julie, Judy, Jill, Amanda, Me
(Jill and I did not run the 50k - just supporting!)
Melanie and I posing at the turn-around sign.
Running selfie - Ran into Maggie on the trail!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I know I did! My friends are awesome people!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Chicago 13.1 - And the winner is...

Thank you everyone that participated in my giveaway for the Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 Marathon!  This was my very first giveaway ever and it was a great one! So without further delay...

The winner is...


Kimberly Jenkins! Congratulations. Please email me at to claim your race entry!

If you didn't win, there is another giveaway for this race here!  The winner for that giveaway will be chosen on Monday, April 7th so hurry on over and enter!

If you prefer, you can also just go ahead and register for the race here.

Thanks again everyone for entering this giveaway!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Giveaway! - Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 Marathon

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm really excited about several things lately.  One was that I was offered a free entry in the 2014 Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 Marathon!  And even though I have the Esprit De She Triathlon the next day, I still want to try to do the half marathon the day before.  If I don't think I can manage both, I'll drop it down to the 5k instead. 

But you know how it goes, I want to...

The next thing I'm excited about is to be able to offer a FREE RACE ENTRY to one of my readers!  That's right! The race organizers are providing me with a free entry so that YOU have a chance to run this race also! And if you aren't up for the half marathon distance right now or would just prefer, you can sign up for the 5k!


Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 AM

Location: South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. Shore Drive, Chicago, IL)
For more information, you can visit their website:

Also like I said in my last post, the race has a nice out and back course which finishes along the beach!  The out and back course provides great opportunities to see your friends running along the course!  It also lets you know how truly far behind the elites you are...which is kind of fun!

Post race beer and pizza is a definite plus (and must)! 

The race benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. You can find out more information here.

2012 5k and Half Marathon finishers!

1.  Leave a comment and tell me what race distance is your favorite to run and why.

2.  For a second entry, share this post on your facebook. Leave a SEPARATE comment providing me with the link to your facebook post. Please make sure it's viewable by everyone.

3.  For a third entry, like my facebook page here. Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me you did this (and provide the name it's listed under if different from your name on here).

Remember to leave separate comments for each entry you do.  I will leave this giveaway open until Friday morning, April 4, 2014.  I will pick a name at 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, April 4th using