Chicago Marathon Training Weeks 5 & 6

A little (brief) catching up with my training so far….. Week 5: Monday: 5 easy paced TM miles with 5×20 second strides outside afterward, so 6 miles total. The strides felt strong! Tuesday: Rest. Wednesday: Speedwork. 8 TM miles with 4x1600m @7:30 pace with 800m recovery in between. Mile repeats are probably my least favorite […]

Clean Cuisine Cookbook Review and Giveaway

I am finally coming out of hibernation to write a review of the recently released Clean Cuisine Dinner Cookbook by Ivy Larson.     We were thrilled when she contacted us to ask if we would be interested in previewing her cookbook. The book begins with an introduction to Ivy and how and why she began eating clean.  In […]

A Bye Week

(artwork credit goes to Anna) It’s a racing bye week! I mean, I love running races but I will tell you how much I also love + need a weekend with no commitments every now and then. Which translates to me getting a decent amount of s*#t done around the house for once. This week’s […]

Five Favorites Friday–3rd Ed.

A few favorites and some randomness from my week. 1) Taper week. Well, whether that’s truly a favorite is debatable. Anyway, here’s what I ran this week: Monday: 6 miles of hills after work with Ryan. And some arguing over whose great idea this was. Tuesday: 4 treadmill miles Wednesday: 6 treadmill miles Thursday: 4 […]


Thanks again to Jenn for keeping us accountable! Here you have it! Breakfast as usual: plus some OJ and coffee. A couple spoonfuls of this: Post 12-mile run lunch–lots of water/Nuun and fat-free plain Greek yogurt, Love Grown Oat Clusters with raisins, and a drizzle of honey. The Love Grown is good enough that I […]

This Is It!

Last week of the taper. Obviously not a lot of running going on early this week, so I’ll share with you what I’ve been doing to keep myself sane occupied. But first: Man, if those Marines aren’t motivating, I don’t know who is. Monday: 5 very easy miles outside in 50:15. I’m used to running […]

We are SO on!

Second week of the taper. It really hasn’t hit me yet. It’s been a busy and unfortunately rough week at work–therefore my mind has been distracted. Monday: 4 very easy treadmill miles in 39:04 Wednesday: 5 MP miles outside in 42:28 Thursday: 4 treadmill miles in 37:02 As most everyone knows, on Tuesday MCM registrants […]

Marathon Thoughts from the Non-runner

Yes, there is another chick that should be participating more in this blog, but when it is a running blog and you are still not running, blog writing has become more challenging. So for now I can give you some running thoughts…. A year ago I ran a fun half marathon with my sister-in-law. This […]

Hello, Taper!

And here I am….having arrived safely and intact at the taper. I can’t believe it’s here already. Love it or hate it–I’m not yet sure how I’m going to feel about it this time around. This is hands down, without a doubt the hardest training cycle I’ve ever completed. My body is TIRED. My mind […]

One. Month. No Pressure.

(insert scream here) Hmmm. Maybe a little bit of pressure. Things are getting real now. Seriously though, just a little more hard work to do, then I’ll be ready! So here’s marathon training week 13: Monday: Hill repeats. I have actually grown to not hate them. I mean, I’m not going to get all crazy […]