Race Recap | Chicago Marathon

This race recap is long overdue, but I’m not even sure where to begin! I suppose I’ll cover the entire weekend from the beginning…

I went to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon the Friday before the race with my friend and fellow runner, Ashlee, and her (super fun) parents. We arrived in Chicago around noon and checked into the Westin on Michigan Ave. before Ashlee and I promptly went to the expo to get our race bibs and check out the expo vendors.

The Chicago Marathon organizers had set up free shuttles to take people to and from the expo which made transportation REALLY easy. Once we arrived at the expo we were able to get our bibs and shirts (which are simple in design and super cute) without waiting in any lines – amazingness!! There were a ton of vendors with samples and freebies – a major plus in my book – and with Nike as the official partner, there were plenty of activities and special features hosted by the company. A great expo experience!

course map!

course map!

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Race Recap | Boston’s Run to Remember

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! It feels like it was so long ago now. I spent my Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend running my second Boston’s Run to Remember race. Last year I ran the half marathon and it was hands down my favorite half to date. This year I was definitely struggling to get my training into gear in time for the race, and as a result I decided to switch to the 5 mile race instead. I was bummed at first because I’ve never had to downgrade or back out of a race before, but I knew I needed to be smart and not risk an injury, especially with the Chicago Marathon on the horizon. I have to say, the experience of running the 5 mile race has me thinking I may do the 5 mile instead of the half marathon again next year. Let me break down why… Continue reading

Clothes Don’t Make the Runner, But They Sure Do Help!

Last week we talked about finding the right running shoes, this week we’re talking about the right running clothes. Sorry guys, but for this one I can only share my thoughts on women’s running apparel!

Quick run through on the basics, we’ll keep this simple. You want to wear clothes that are well-fitting, nothing baggy that’s going to get in the way (and get really annoying) during your run. You can spend an arm and a leg on gear – but by no means do you have to! In terms of materials, aim for fabrics that are light in weight and don’t absorb a lot of moisture – for when you get really super sweaty caught in a rainstorm. When all else fails, wear something that makes you feel good. Never underestimate the motivation a new workout wardrobe can provide.

Now on to the good stuff, brands. Let’s do some love/hate. Brands I love: lululemon, Old Navy Active, and Nike. Lululemon is a leader in the women’s athletic apparel market and sell clothes that not only work well, they’re super stylish too and have creative designs. Some favorites are the run: inspire crop II, the run: swiftly tech long sleeve, the energy bra, and of course the scuba hoodie. Also, their winter running gear is fantastic, bar none. The one downside to lululemon is their high-end prices. You’re getting top-notch quality, but you’re also going to have to pay a premium for it. Enter Old Navy’s Active line.

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Hello!

Well, I did it. I started a blog. I’ve thought about it for a little while now but it’s time to put my ideas into action and I’m super excited! I’m hoping that this blog will be an entertaining place where I can share my thoughts on running, training, products I love, (mostly) healthy eating, and life in general. Looking forward I’d also love to showcase some of my amazing runner friends out there!
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