Thank You!

THANK YOU to all of my amazing family, friends and co-workers who have donated so far and pushed me over my $1000 fundraising goal (last year I didn’t even hit it until August)! I appreciate everyone’s donations, cheering and pep talks (Samantha) throughout the marathon training process — I Never Give up hopeam one very lucky girl!

I also wanted to do a shout out to the rest of Team LUNGevity who will be fundraising and running the Chicago Marathon with me in October! Together we have already raised over $23,000 in just a few short weeks! Matt Goode has raised over $19,000 so far (that is not a typo) and his thermometer just keeps going up. Frank Wannop, my Breathe Deep Pompano Beach coordinator, who lost his wife Lori recently from lung cancer is a first time marathoner and is tackling it all while coordinating the annual 5K!

Let’s keep it up!


Breathe, Drink & Fundraise

I started this blog a year ago for a few different reasons. First, I wanted a way to hold myself accountable when it came to training for my first marathon. It’s not as easy to excuse yourself from a training run when you have 644 followers to answer to (but who’s counting?) Second, I spend a good chunk of my time at work encouraging others, from coordinators to participants, to fundraise for LUNGevity. So I figured it was as good of a time as any to put myself in their shoes (check out my fundraising tips). Third, not nearly enough people know the cold hard (or should I say breathtaking) facts about lung cancer. Lastly, therapy was starting to get expensive. . .kidding!

So let’s get this party started again! While training doesn’t begin until June 9th, fundraising is well underway and I am up to $450 raised! I was just about to search through my fundraising bag of tricks for a May idea when Deanne (fellow LUNGevity Staffer and TL Marathon runner) suggested we do a bar give back night!

Thanks to Deanne, we will be hosting a guest bartending event on May 9th from 6-9pm at Nisei Lounge! Come out, drink, socialize and help save lives! Check out more details on the evite below or Facebook!


Join Team LUNGevity — All The Cool Kids Are Doing It (sorry Dad)

My friends will be the first to tell you that I don’t cave to peer pressure. Growing up my Dad taught us that we were too cool to do what everyone else was doing and to be a leader. Looking back, it turns out that I wasn’t so cool after all. . . BUT it did keep me from drugs, teen pregnancy and jumping off a cliff.

That being said, this is the “good” kind of peer pressure! Check out all of the great things that go along with becoming part of our team!

  • Guaranteed entry
  • FREE CARA training (a $210 value)
  • Team gear
  • Fun runs
  • Personal fundraising page
  • One-on-one fundraising support
  • Pre-race team dinner

Not to mention the opportunity to raise funds for critical lung cancer research and support and to do your part in stopping lung cancer now!

So do it! Join Team LUNGevity and receive your guaranteed spot now! Sign up here or email Samantha at

P.S. Our shirts are in!


2014 Race Lineup

I love Chicago – I was born here, raised here and plan on staying here for a very long time. That being said. . .winter in Chicago has been seriously chapping my ass. It’s cold (like 5 pairs of socks cold), dark, and unpredictable. It makes scheduling runs hard and the 5edb6ec55be0320ded8c3a29834f6e98treadmill inevitable.

Over the past few months I have gone through every possible interval workout you could imagine to keep from getting bored on the treadmill. This week though I hit a wall and decided enough was enough and headed outside for an awesome (and very uneven) run! One outdoor run was all I needed to get back into the swing of things and get excited for the year coming up! I began scheduling races and planning for the warmer days ahead!

So far, here’s what I have planned for 2014:

March 14th: Pi Day Pi K Run – Does it get any better than the combination of running, pie and math? I think not.

March 30th: Shamrock Shuffle – I’ve been doing the Shamrock Shuffle for the past few years and each year I have improved my time. In 2012 my 8K time was 51:56 and in 2013 I came in at 44:36 so I will be picking up the pace in 2014!

July 13th: I have a love/hate relationship with the Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Race. My uncle got me started running here and it is tough! Typically I do my runs in the city along the lakefront path so running in the hilly woods was a big challenge for me. The good part of it though is that the next few runs I did afterwards felt super easy! I would love to do this race again to help train. . . I am in a Wedding the night before though in Lombard so we will see how that plays out and if I can make it there in race shape in time to actually do it!

September 20th: Happy birthday to me again — let’s run 20 miles! I will be registering for the 20 miler again this year at Busse Woods if my schedule permits.

October 12th: I am officially running the Chicago Marathon again for Team LUNGevity and couldn’t be more excited! Now that I have one marathon under my belt, I will be pushing for a better time!

Thanksgiving: For the past few years I have done the Thanksgiving pie race before I head to grandma’s and stuff my face.

2014 is pretty crazy for me. I travel during event season for some of our Breathe Deep events on weekends and I also happened to be in roughly 1000 weddings. I am hoping to add in a half marathon in the summer (possibly the women’s half marathon in August) and a few other shorter races along the way for fun.

If anyone has any suggestions for races in the Chicago area or the Western Suburbs — I’d love to hear!

Breathe Deep and Do Yoga

For the past few months I have been working with my AMAZING volunteer coordinator, Vicki Browdy (seriously she’s wonderful!), on Breathe Deep Chicago Yogathon and I am beyond excited for Sunday!

The schedule for the day:1897721_677126372330045_1636826701_n

9:30 Zoe/ Marcia/ Mariann: Vinyasa Flow

11:00 Debbie: Micro Vinyasa Flow

12:30 Amy/Pam: Slow Flow

2:00 Guy: Alignment based Flow class

3:30 Julie: Yin Yoga

5:00 Gong by Petra

Aside from all of the fabulous classes we have going on and massages in between (yes, you can go to a full day of yoga and get a massage for only $40 . . . unheard of in Chicago) we have stellar raffle prizes from private yoga sessions to home delivered Paleo dinner for 2 and even a foot massage!

So if you are looking for something to do on Sunday, I will be at Shri Yoga Center in Highland Park for a full day of yoga, prizes, massages and healthy yummy snacks (hint hint Brads Chips!).  Check it out on our Website for details and registration and follow us on Facebook to see the updates for the day!

Check Out Those Pins!

Aside from running, yoga and eating, Pinterest might be one of my favorite things! So I decided to make a board for the blog!

Follow me on Pinterest to check out the latest on Breathe Deep events, lung cancer facts, running, fundraising tips and even funny marathon signs!

Happy pinning!

And We’re Back At It!!!!

Today I came into my office and opened my email to this:

First Team LUNGevity Email

No, it is not Christmas morning but it certainly feels like it — naturally it took me less than 30 seconds to reply to the email saying I want in!! Immediately after sending the email (and of course refilling my coffee mug) I remembered one of the signs I saw while running the marathon last year:

4 Months Ago







At least this time I know what I’m getting myself in to. . . AND I get to do it with my co-worker Deanne who has decided to join Team LUNGevity this year!! I hope Samantha is ready because from now until October 12th (which is roughly 260 days, 18 hours and 59 minutes. . but who’s counting?) it’s marathon talk non-stop!

Website coming soon!