No more marathon updates

It seems quite fitting that I’m writing this post on a Friday night while sitting on the floor in my empty, dark apartment while downing a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core ice cream. In case you were wondering, I’m on my third spoon in 5 minutes. Those darn plastic spoons don’t hold up when it comes to eating ice cream by the pint.

In case you were also wondering, my apartment is dark and empty and I’m eating from a plastic spoon because the movers took all of the furniture including the lamps we used to keep the place lit. The little things you often take for granted…

And for a third in case you were wondering, mini peanut butter cups > peanut butter side > fudgy core > chocolate side. You know, in case you get an intense ice cream craving after reading this post and are contemplating which side to eat first ;)

Anyways, where was I?

Oh yes, my current depressive state.

I’m sure many of you could have guessed this was coming by now by my lack of Insta running photos and very few (if any…) running updates on this here blog.

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Sadly, I am no longer going to run the Chicago Marathon.

And yes, in case you were wondering for the FOURTH time during this post, it is because of my knee.

I’ve been to a PT. I’ve been to a muscle healing clinic (or whatever you want to call it). I’ve been to a chiro. I’ve stretched and strengthened and iced and foam rolled to my little hearts content. And NOTHING has helped. I mean, it’ll feel better for a bit, but as soon as I try to run again… BAM. Knee pain.

Sometimes walking hurts. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I can run for a mile. Sometimes I can’t even make it that far without experiencing a weird, grinding, tightness in my left knee. But hey, I was able to complete my 5k on Saturday so there is hope for the future! I’m still certain it’s caused by a super tight IT Band and quad. I’m also certain that rest is pretty much the only thing that’s going to heal it.

So rest it is. And I’m not good at resting.

At first I was mad. Then I was sad. And now I’m just flippin’ annoyed. Then I sit back and try not think of my many weeks of training as a waste but more as a “pre-marathon, marathon prep” – I mean, I ran SIXTEEN freakin’ miles on a Saturday morning before 9am. 16! How many people can say they’ve run that far? Yeah, I’ll get to a marathon someday. Until then, my goal is to beat that 1-6.

Could I run the marathon? Probably. But it would be with a lot of pain and it would be mostly walking, not running. Do I want to risk serious injury? Hellz to the no. I would like to walk past the age of 30, thank you very much.

And heck, I’m moving to Florida. I hear they have some nice “winter” marathons in those parts. I could deal with that. Although, apparently it’s a thing for Kyle and I to move every single time I register for a marathon so maybe I’ll hold off for a bit… I’d like to not move across the country for at least 5 more years.

I’m not looking for sympathy or anything of the like with this post, I’ve received more than enough and I don’t want people feeling sorry for me. I just wanted to let y’all know what the heck was going on with my marathon status.

Finally, last but most definitely not least, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone that donated to my charity! The money is still going to PAWS Chicago, you just unfortunately won’t have the pleasure of seeing me struggle through 26.2 ;)

Marathon Training – Weeks 10-12

Six weeks left (and only 5 more long runs) until go time!

All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS! I’m quickly losing my love for running and each run takes a serious motivational speech to get me out the door. Yup, I give myself motivational speeches and bribes to get myself to run. The bribes mainly consist of food and mimosas and allowing myself to buy copious amounts of Spark but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do ;)

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I only have two more “scary” long runs before the big day – an 18-miler next weekend and then a 20-miler 2 weekends after that. I can do it…

Thankfully, Kyle has my back (I warned him when I first started training that I would want to quit every freakin’ day starting in September) and every time I say that I’m done, no marathon for me, he tells me too bad you’re going to run it. This typically results in a lot of whining and glaring, but he’s right, I’m going to run it whether I like it or not ;)

And then no more marathons for me EVER again. It’s not the running, it’s more of the time commitment that’s a killer. All of you that have run more than one marathon are my heroes.

I’ve noticed a few things over the past few weeks that I think come with the marathon training territory.

1. Everything hurts. Always. Not the “painful I need to see a doctor” kind of hurt, just the “my entire body is worn out and needs a rest” kinda hurt. I think it’s normal but I’m ready to take a break from running come October 13th!

2. I’m realllyyyy tired. I’m fairly certain that I could sleep for 12+ hours/per night at this point. Running 30+ miles/week really takes it out of you! I’ve been trying to let myself sleep more and fit in my running where it works best. On that note, I should probably get my iron checked again just to make sure that’s not a contributing factor to my sleepiness.

3. Hanger is real. I’ve been getting better at containing my hunger by eating larger meals and more protein, but when the hunger ninja strikes, it isn’t pretty. I always carry snacks with me (I’m think I may be reverting back to my toddler years, ha!) in case my stomach starts growling.

Okay, now for the last 3 weeks of running…

Week 10 called for 15 miles. It also fell on my Vegas weekend. I knew in advance that those 15 miles were not going to happen on a Saturday morning in Vegas so I moved them to Thursday afternoon. I was super nervous – 15 miles was going to be the most I had ever run at one time, but the weather turned out to be perfect (slight breeze, 70 and sunny) so I was excited to try it out. I ran along the lakefront to take advantage of the frequent drinking fountains and I managed to complete my run at my training pace. This run definitely left me feeling like I could easily (it’s all relative…) conquer the marathon!

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Week 11 was a completely different story. I had 16 miles on the agenda and it was hot and humid in Chicago that Saturday morning. The run sucked. There’s no other way to describe it. Thankfully, it didn’t just suck for me and our running leaders said multiple times to not let this run make us discouraged about our training. It shouldn’t be (fingers crossed!) that hot or humid come October in Chicago. Regardless, I finished the 16 miles, had some good conversations along the way and am more than happy that the marathon is in the fall ;)

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Week 12 definitely required some pep talkin’ for myself. It was only 12 miles (again, it’s all relative at this point!) so I decided to run it by myself. It didn’t happen Saturday morning or Sunday morning, so this morning (the Monday morning of Labor Day) I made myself crawl out of bed at 5am. That was painful… Okay, painful isn’t the right word but I just didn’t want to gooooo (whiny voice). Not surprising, once I was out getting my run on, the 12 miles felt great! Yes, it was really humid and my knees kind of hurt but it was really peaceful and I felt accomplished at the end. Anddddd… now I’m getting ready to go to brunch with my friend. It will involve mimosas (part of my personal bribe) and then I’m getting a massage as 12:30. #treatyoself

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Did you miss my previous marathon training recaps? Find them here!

Do you ever bribe yourself in order to get a workout in? Fellow marathon trainers, what tricks do you use to stay motivated through the last few weeks?

Marathon Training – Weeks 7-9

Well y’all, I’m halfway there.

I have 8 more weekends until my marathon. Err… come again? Eight weeks… EIGHT WEEKS!

This is where I should begin panicking but oddly enough, I’m actually quite calm. Running with a training group has seriously changed my running life. I don’t have to think about when/where/how to run because they tell me and I follow until they say we’re done.

It’s really that simple.

No, all of my runs aren’t fun. They don’t all feel fabulous. Some of them downright suck, but I push through because the runs that are good are REALLY good.

Do you want in on a little runner secret about which runs are the best? The best runs are those that are already done ;) I think most marathoners will agree with me on that one!

Alright, now let’s break down the past 3 weeks and then I’ll share a few things that are on my running mind at the moment.

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Week 7

I had 12 miles on the schedule for Week 7. I was nervous. The last time I had run close to this far was last October at the Long Beach Half Marathon. I fueled up with my typical pre-run supplements and eats and headed out the door to meet my CARA group. That Saturday was hot and humid and I knew I had to get ready STAT post-run (we had a wedding to drive to), so I felt rushed going into the run.

My group – per usual, was great and the run felt amazing up until Mile 9ish. The heat and humidity got to me and I got a little lightheaded. I started drinking Gatorade at our water stops after that point and began to feel MUCH better. I need to make sure I’m properly hydrating myself with both fluids and electrolytes during my long runs in order to avoid that icky, lightheaded feeling!

Overall, I’m calling Week 7’s 12 miles a success. It taught me a lesson in staying hydrated and I felt pretty good throughout most of the run. Yay!

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Week 8

Week 8 was my ZOOMA Half Marathon! You can find a full recap of that run here.

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Week 9

Ahhhh… A cutback week. Cutback weeks are my favorites! Week 9 called for 10 miles and somehow 10 miles seems a heck of a lot more manageable than 13. I wish I could say this run was super easy and fantastic and full of rainbows and butterflies, but since Katie and I ran in the Texas heat, it was most definitely NOT easy. The heat, plus the lack of sleep plus the hills (isn’t Texas supposed to be flat??!) didn’t help this run, but I was SO happy I had a friend to push through the miles with me. And I’m happy it was a friend who doesn’t think I’m super gross when I look like I just jumped into a pool post-run ;)

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At this point, running for me is becoming more of a mental challenge than a physical one. Obviously, long runs are physically challenging – they’re supposed to be! – but getting yourself into a run mentally is the bigger challenge mid-training. Your body is tired and it is far too easy to skip a run – That’s where the mental toughness comes to play. If you’re not in it mentally, you’re going to have a miserably rough time getting to that marathon finish line in a few weeks.

Not being in the game mentally is why I didn’t run my marathon last year (Do you remember that?) – I wasn’t mentally prepared for everything happening in my life and my body (more like my mind) couldn’t take the additional challenges at that time.

With that being said, this year I’m more determined than ever. I’ve had bad runs, I’ve had spills, I’ve had hot, sweaty and gross longs runs. But you know what? I’ve also had great runs. I ran a half marathon in UNDER 2 hours. I’ve had people cheer me on with inspiring words of encouragement. And that is pretty darn awesome.

Is it going to be easy from here on out? Heck no. I guarantee you there will be multiple times that I want to call it quits and take the easy way out. Like I said, I’m going to be playing a big mental game with myself and I am determined to win. Bring it on brain ;)

And can we talk about hunger for a minute? I’m typically a pretty hungry person (Kyle can attest to this!) and I rarely, okay NEVER, skip my 6 meals per day, but marathon training has brought out a whole new hanger beast. There are moments where I just need to eat and I need to eat NOW. Or 5 minutes ago. This typically hits me right after I wake up or post-long run or in the middle of a 4-hour long meeting without snacks or when I’m without any food or, even better, right after a huge, 5-course dinner.

It’s like a ninja, I tell ya!

My hanger ninja also doesn’t like snack bars, including my beloved Quest. Well, she likes ‘em but they don’t come close to satisfying her in the least. Nope, she likes big ol’ meals that include main courses like French toast and hamburgers and sweet potato fries and chocolate cake and tacos and margaritas. (Okay, maybe margaritas don’t satisfy the ninja’s hunger but they sure do make her happy!)

The ninja and I have had words but we both decided that it will be easiest to just give her what she wants until October 12th. After that, she has to fend for herself ;)

Did you miss my previous marathon training recaps? Find them here!

Do you have a hanger ninja inside of you? Fellow marathoners, what tips do you have for me in the last half of my training? (Please tell me I must have massages weekly… I’ll pass the word onto Kyle ;) )

Marathon Training Weeks 4-6

Wow, I’m one-third of the way through marathon training! This summer is flying by.

Since I left you off at Week 3 on my last marathon training update, let me get you up to speed on Weeks 4, 5 and 6!

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I went into Week 4 very nervous. 9 miles was on the schedule and I did not feel ready to go that distance so I was far from optimistic. I was pleasantly surprised on how well the 9 miles went however! Running with a group makes a huge difference – you can talk (although I gasp and talk while running, haha!) and get to know each other which helps you push through and ignore any pain or fatigue you might be experiencing mid-run.

What I ate pre- and post-run, Week 4: Pre-run included O2Gold + Spark + Catalyst + Banana + Peanut Butter Toast; Post-run I chugged Rehydrate along with more Spark while I walked the 1.5 miles back home.

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Week 5 was a dramatically different story than Week 4. I knew I was going to be gone over the weekend in Omaha for a family reunion, so I planned to get my run in before the weekend. For some reason that I am still trying to figure out, I decided to attempt the 10 miles on the schedule on the treadmill.

Worst. Idea. Ever.

You all know how much I despise the dreadmill. Every mile feels like 5 miles and the time passes slooowwwwlllyyyyy. I also ran in the afternoon and like I said in my last update, I am not an afternoon runner – Morning running is my jam. I made it just past 9 miles on the dreadmill and then called it quits. I felt lightheaded and dehydrated and figured that it was good enough considering how much I had walked throughout the day.

What I ate pre- and post-run, Week 5: Obviously I did not eat correctly for a run! I didn’t pre-fuel with my normal Advo-routine and I don’t remember what I ate that day. Whatever it was, it did not properly fuel my run ;)

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If I thought Week 5 was rough, I should have just waited for Week 6.

Oh  man, where do I begin?! First of all, I didn’t not sleep well at all during the week which left me exhausted come Friday. When my alarm went off at 5am on Saturday morning, I told myself I would just stay in bed and look through my phone for 5 minutes before I got up. Well, 5 minutes on my phone turned into sleeping until 6:45am! Oops. Obviously my body needed the rest so I wasn’t too upset, plus I told myself that I only had 7 miles and I can easily run that distance without group support.

I jumped out of bed at 6:45, downed my Spark and pre-run supplements and got dressed for my run. The morning was beautiful and I was enjoying the weather until all a sudden – BAM, I was on the ground. The sidewalk I was running on was uneven and broken to pieces and my foot must have gotten stuck in one of the many cracks and down I went.

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I pushed myself up to assess the damage and realized that the left side of my body must have hit the hardest because my left leg had major road rash. I figured that I could at least finish my run (I was just under a mile in…) until I thought I was going to have to call Kyle to come get me because 1) my leg was bleeding a lot and 2) I couldn’t put a lot of weight on my left leg. Needless to say, I did not finish my run on Saturday but I was able to walk home and get cleaned up before Kyle made it out of bed.

The only good part of the situation was that my phone made it out unscathed and that’s a miracle if I’ve ever seen one.

Regardless of the soreness and my scabby leg (so sexy…), I made it out Sunday morning and pushed through 7 miles at a fast-for-me pace! I was mad at myself for missing my group run and falling so I was determined to finish those 7 miles no matter what. Once my leg heals, I’ll consider this a successful week!

What I ate pre- and post-run, Week 6: Same as Week 4 – both days ;)

One out of three runs is a good percentage, right?! Haha – let’s hope the next 3 weeks go a bit more smoothly than these past 3!

On the schedule… Week 7: 12 miles; Week 8: ZOOMA Half Marathon; Week 9: 10 miles.

Wish me luck!

What has been your worst fall as a runner? Any tips on fueling during my long runs? I’m going to have to start fueling with my 12-miler and I refuse to do anything gels – They taste awful and make me gag!

Marathon Training Weeks 1-3

Before my marathon training started, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to recap my experience. I knew weekly updates would be too much. I mean, I wouldn’t have much to say besides, “Yay, I ran again!” I think they’d be super boring for y’all, so I’ve decided to do recaps for every 3 weeks of training.

I’m not going to cover every detail, but I’ll share what I think to be the important highlights of the last few weeks and how I’m feeling about my upcoming marathon adventure. Also, I’m not going to discuss paces in these recaps unless something drastic changes. Since I’m running with a CARA and I’ve already selected my running group pace, my long runs will always be at a 10 minute/mile pace.

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Now, let’s jump into Weeks 1, 2 and 3!

Week 1 was right after Blend and it was most definitely a doozie. I was exhausted and barely had enough energy to get myself to work let alone to the gym. I fit in 2-3 mile runs and a Body Pump class as well before my long run that Saturday.

The 6-miler I had with my running group on Saturday morning turned out to be excellent. As a first-time marathon-trainer (not counting last year because I didn’t go through the full training program), I was nervous to start training and to meet my CARA running group. Thankfully, both the run and my group were fabulous and it was a great way to kick of my training!

What I ate pre-run, Week 1: O2Gold + Spark + Catalyst + Banana <– I should have added in a spoonful of peanut butter as well, but thankfully, the O2Gold pushed me through.

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Week 2 training was also a tad disorganized due to my trip to Colorado at the end of the week. I fit in 2-3 mile training runs and a few strength classes at my gym and pushed my long, 7-mile run to Thursday evening rather than Saturday morning.

My Thursday evening run confirmed my hatred of working out after work. My body has zero energy, I’m either under- or over-hydrated and I have no idea how to fuel myself during the day to make for a successful evening run. Plus, races are in the morning and my body has adjusted accordingly.

With that being said, my 7-miler was not fun. I forgot to take my O2Gold and ran solo and it was humid and it just plain sucked. Big time. I pushed through at just under 10 minutes/mile (my running group’s pace) and was more than happy to be done and suck on my inhaler for a few minutes ;)

What I ate pre-run, Week 2: I have no idea what I ate during the day (I need to journal my food on running days!) but I’m annoyed that I forgot all of my AdvoCare essentials pre-run. I’m certain they would have made my run go from hellacious to “not-that-bad.”

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Week 3 training has been the best training week so far. It kicked off with a 3-miler in Estes Park and although that run was severely lacking in oxygen, it set the week off on the right foot. {pun intended… hehe!} I fit in a few Body Pump classes along with another 3-mile run and a 4-mile run before my 5-miler with CARA on Saturday. And good news, the 5 miles were great! It was crazy humid and I think I sweat out about 10 pounds, but it felt good to get back to running with my group again.

Also, as a side note, every third week is a “drop-back” week in marathon training. I’m not exactly sure how it helps your body, but I believe it has to do with muscle recovery before the next weeks’ mileage builds. Regardless, I was happy to have a shorter long run on Saturday.

What I ate pre-run, Week 3: O2Gold + Spark + Catalyst + Banana + Nuttzo = WINNING! I felt awesome and this combination is most definitely a winner.

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So, how am I feeling now that I’m on Week 4?

I’m obviously still at the very beginning of my training so that 26.2 miles seems like a very distant thought in the future. However, I am feeling optimistic (ask me this when I get to my 15-miler weekend…) and am looking forward to building my mileage and friendships throughout my training.

I’ve started to understand the importance of fueling my body well with optimal food, supplements and LOTS of water while cutting out crap.

I’m also starting to understand what type of apparel I will need to wear in order to be as comfortable as possible on my long runs – capris, a tight sports bra and a hat are going to be requirements for this girl!

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Overall, training has been going great so far. I have been going with the flow and taking each day at a time – if I’m tired, I don’t push it, but if I have energy and feel strong, you better bet I’m out there running or lifting! I know I’m going to need more rest days as my mileage grows on the weekends, but I’ll tackle that once I get there :)

What is the longest distance you’ve run? 13.1 miles… twice!

What do you typically eat before a long run or workout? Obviously I’m obsessed with bananas and nut butter (why fix what’s not broken?!) but adding in AdvoCare has really helped my performance and stamina!

The sign.

Over lunch hour today, I took a walk to pick up my marathon training packet. During the 20-minute stroll many thoughts whirred through my mind.

A marathon? Seriously girl, what are you thinking?

6 A to the freakin’ M. Every. Single. Saturday. From now until October. Blechhhhhh.

Hey, at least I have an excuse to continue shopping at lulu this summer!

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As my training  begins this week, I have noticed more negative than positive thoughts seeping into my head. Then today, at the CARA office of all places, a sign appeared out of nowhere.

As I was waiting for the volunteer to hand me my packet, I began a conversation with a woman who will also be running the Chicago Marathon this fall. I asked if this would be her first marathon. Her answer blew me away.

It was going to be her second marathon. She ran Chicago 3 years ago and shortly after was diagnosed with breast cancer. She explained that she had cancer when she ran but did not know and after not running since that marathon, she had been recently cleared to run by her doctor.

Instead of showing grief or anger for her situation, she proudly exclaimed, “I’m a breast cancer survivor!” as she threw her arms in the air.

We walked out of the building together continuing our conversation about her health and our upcoming training. After we said goodbye and parted ways, I couldn’t help but realize that she was the sign I needed.

This woman is so grateful for life. She beat cancer, she fought for her life and now she’s running her second marathon as a sign of her strength.

She’s running as a survivor. She’s an inspiration.

Sometimes we need a sign; a sign to put everything into perspective. Whoever sent this sign my way, thank you.

As painful as marathon training might be over the next 18 weeks, I am not fighting for my life. I am not suffering.

I am strong. I am healthy. I am grateful. I can do this.

Bring it on, Chicago.

Marathon Training Schedule

I had planned to write this big, long post about why my marathon training schedule is planned out as it is below.

Instead, I decided to do some online shoe shopping for a foodie event I have on Saturday night. #priorities

So, here’s the quick explanation…

  • I love Body Pump.
  • I want to incorporate more than one day of strength training each week.
  • Hal Higdon is a running genius.
  • Yoga helps relieve my stress and forces me to stretch.
  • I’m afraid I’ll injure myself (and get bored with the pavement…) if I run too often.
  • I compromised and did an every other week thang.

Problem solved.

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Good strategy? I think so, especially because it was created in a spreadsheet.

Also, the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon/10k lines up perfectly with my training schedule. Who wants to run 13.1 with me on August 2nd? Get 10% off here.

Fellow race trainers – what is your running strategy for the upcoming months? Is there anything I’m missing? 

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

I did it.

The lines are signed. The registration fee is paid. The training group is confirmed.

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I signed up and I’m running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

As you might remember, last year about this time I registered for a marathon and it didn’t end up happening. I was under a lot of stress with our big move, was facing some health issues and decided it would be best for my body (and my sanity) to forgo the marathon experience until I was in tip-top shape. While it wasn’t a total fail, I still ran the half-marathon – basically untrained, BTW! – I am craving that death-like marathon experience and cannot wait to participate this fall!

Typically, the Chicago Marathon entry works as a lottery. SO many people would like the opportunity to run the marathon (because Chicago is just that freakin’ awesome, #amiright?!) that everyone is entered into a lottery and at the beginning of April, the marathon committee randomly selects individuals for the race.

There is one exception, however. If you run for charity, you are automatically registered to run!

So guess what I did… I signed up to run for charity! So not only have I committed to running 26.2 miles (gulp), I have also committed to raising a minimum of $1,250 (my stretch goal is $2,000!) for the charity of my choice – TEAM PAWS Chicago.

What does TEAM PAWS support?

Funds raised by TEAM PAWS support PAWS Chicago’s national No Kill model, dedicated to ending the unnecessary killing of homeless pets. By rescuing and treating homeless pets and finding them loving new homes, PAWS is saving more than 5,800 lives every year. PAWS also focuses on prevention, providing nearly 18,000 low cost/free spay or neuter surgeries in low-income communities where most stray and unwanted pets originate. As one of the largest No Kill shelters in the nation and a national model, PAWS is dedicated to sharing best practices and lifesaving strategies with people and organizations across the country.

Why TEAM PAWS?

As you all know, I have a very soft place in my heart for this guy.

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I could go on about how I’m an animal lover, about how I support the ethical treatment of ALL animals, about how it is important to help those who can’t help themselves, and about how much joy animals bring to our lives. I love that PAWS Chicago supports not only the current issue by finding homes for homeless pets but also focuses on prevention.

I am running for a cause that is near and dear to my heart and I’d love it if you supported me and shared this link with your family and friends! Even $1 can go a long way to help our little, furry friends :) You can donate here, follow along with my fundraising progress, and read more about PAWS Chicago on my TEAM PAWS personal page.

As an FYI, this money goes directly to PAWS Chicago – I don’t see any of it or get any sort of commission from your donation.

Well, with that being said, it’s time to get running!

Here’s to surviving 26.2 miles in October! (P.S. More details including my goals and information about the race to come once I sort through my thoughts!)

Have you run a marathon? If so, what is your #1 piece of advice? 

Have you ever run for charity?

Confessions, Part VI

It’s been quite some time since I confessed my deepest and darkest secrets to y’all so how ’bout some confessions today?! I’m also linking up with Ms. Amanda for her Thinking Out Loud series :)

1. I still cannot believe I did this yesterday. It’s official… I’ve gone mad. More details coming tomorrow!

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2. With every change Facebook makes, I hate it more and more. Seriously, stop sorting my news feed in a weird order so I read the same posts OVER and OVER. If it weren’t for the easy connections, my account would be gone long ago…

3. My friends are coming to visit next weekend and I’m SO EXCITED!! {I just can’t hide it…} We have so much to do in only a weekend which means I better get to planning ASAP! P.S. The 3 of them are in this photo – Bonus points if you can point them out!

4. I bought my plane ticket to Blend yesterday! The plan is to get into Salt Lake City a little early so I can be a little tourist with my girls before Blend. I’m so pumped! Is it June yet?!

5. In the last few weeks, I have had four people (none of whom know each other) tell me that I am going to make a cute, pregnant woman. Are they trying to tell me something? Is it my pheromones? Do I look pregnant? Am I pregnant? <– NO.

But really, what’s all this baby talk as of late?!

6. I have been having major winery cravings lately. I would love to get to Napa ASAP but since that probably won’t happen, I need to find some local wineries to visit. Does anyone know of any wineries in the Chicago area?

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I guess I don’t have many confessions for you today… Next time I promise more juicy details ;)

Your turn, tell me a confession!

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