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 treadmill 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!
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:
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!
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!
Today I came into my office and opened my email to this:
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:
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!
When I started this blog last year one of my main goals was to fundraise for Team LUNGevity and along the way, keep track of some tips that may help others do the same. While I raised over $1500 for LUNGevity, I have to admit that aside from emails and blogging, I didn’t follow most of my advice. So this year, I decided (as my family sang The 12 Days of Christmas over holiday break) that I would put my money where my mouth is and try out my tips.
So this year, in addition to reaching out to friends, family and blogging, I am going to pick 12 of my fundraising tips and ideas and put them to work. . . one for each month of the year. Hopefully the 12 months of fundraising goes better than our singing did!
I am open to fundraising ideas, tips, jokes, etc.!!
A couple of weeks ago during a particularly tough hot yoga sculpt class, our instructor said something that really stuck with me. We had just finished a tabata sequence (yes, in 100 degrees) and we were about to kick back into another and as she demonstrated what was ahead she said “and now for the America’s Next Top Model move. . you know, because they don’t eat enough to be able to do it”.
When I first started running it was purely to lose weight and get as skinny as possible and I hated it. Yes, I ended up losing about 45 pounds but running simply to be skinny (and eating nothing in the process) was miserable and unsustainable. Then I signed up for the marathon and instead of focusing on skinny, I set my mind on being strong: mentally and physically. If someone tells you they trained for and ran a marathon and it didn’t affect their life in a big way . . . they’re lying. I found a training plan and stuck to it, not missing a single run in 18 weeks. Each week, I built up my mileage and the more I ran, the more I fell in love with it. Running became less of a chore and more of a retreat.
One of my favorite running quotes is “Running is just you, the work you put in, and the clock. You can’t cheat yourself. You get out exactly as much as you put in”. Running is so much more than putting on your shoes and taking a few laps. Every single time you step out the door to go on a run, you depend on only yourself to get through it. You set a goal and then you accomplish it, whether it be 2 miles one day or a marathon.
While the marathon is over (until next year), the mindset isn’t. I go out almost everyday to run, clear my head (it’s way cheaper than therapy!) and no matter how small it may be, I set a goal for myself. Sometimes it’s 10 miles and sometimes it’s to stay sane; either way, it’s making me a stronger person.
Thanks to Jess who put this amazing video together! A look back at all of the amazing 2013 Breathe Deep events!
Can’t wait for 2014!