26 Days to Go

This weekend started off with some solid adulting on mine and Meghan’s part when we stood on unstable stools and tried to replace the light bulbs in our fan. We got to take a trip to this place. .

The Home Depot












Kidding. .  our Home Depot does not look like that, it’s just orange and smelly. But they did have a cool aisle like this Bob the Builder one and we got the job done looking like pros.

The real Home Depot












Since my heel has been hurting more and more I decided to skip this weeks runs and get my zen on in hot yoga instead. Initially I had to con Laura into going with me but after her first class she was hooked, aside from the whole ‘being hot part’. I don’t think there’s anything they can do about that, it’s kind of in the name. . .

So instead of doing my long run on Saturday, I slept in and then Deanne and I met and hung out with kiddos at Bell Elementary and made signs for our Team LUNGevity runners. Below are a few of my favorites. . .

Team LUNGevity 1













And I particularly like the one that says “I hope you win”. Me too. . .

Team LUNGevity 2












Then later we snuggled up and those goons went out while I stayed in like an old lady and slept.


For the past couple of months Laura’s been trying to convince us to go to Mad River to watch a game with her so Monday night we gave in and all of us eagle bombed our way through their loss. If you’ve never had an eagle bomb, congrats, you’re smart and not missing out. It basically tastes like vodka, redbull and regret and while Laura will dispute this, just because they’re free, doesn’t make them a good idea. The waitress was so super nice so I won’t hold a grudge that she forgot the whiz on my cheese steak but seemed to keep the eagle bombs flowing. . .however if I ever go back to that place, it’s water and beer only.













On the bright side I won my first week of fantasy football, no thanks to my own doing of course. But I consider my ability to call on friends, family and random gentlemen on the street to help manage my team a skill.

Fantasy Football













And with 26 days to go to the marathon I am slightly nervous about the whole running part (a minor thing I know). I have a 20 miler in Philly, 12 miles on the lakefront, 8 in Breese (8 miles of cow. . .) and then it’s marathon time. Not to mention all of the pre-marathon activities we have planned like movie night, yoga and pasta party the week before! So I am in it to win it for this one (okay in it to come in like 40,987th pace) and this guy is right.












But I think after this one my body and I might need a serious break.

And big thank you to everyone who has donated to my page!







Also I got these sweet kicks : )

New kicks












P.S. My sista is getting married in a few weeks and this dapper fellow is my date. Jealous?




Short and Sweet

I just added a blog post this week so I’ll keep this one short and sweet with a few links that the cool kids are checking out.

1. Team LUNGevity’s Chicago Marathon team is prettay, prettay awesome. They’ve raised over $41,000 so far, not to mention the whole running a marathon part. To learn more about our team this year, check them out HERE (I’m in there somewhere).

2. You won’t hear me talk about it often, but suicide hits very close to home for me. Someone showed me this obituary a few months ago and while I don’t know this person, there is something very important in here. “To all children, this note is a simple reminder that there are people who love you, with everything they have and no matter what you do – don’t be too afraid/ashamed/scared, too anything, to ask for help.”  Something that happened to a close friend the other day reminded me that as crappy as it is to talk about and share, if just one person reads this and realizes that it’s okay to ask for help then it’s totally worth it.

3. This guy has things figured out. If you aren’t already following Kid President, you should stop what you’re doing and check him out immediately. . .you’re welcome in advance.


Running, Eating, and Getting Older

With the marathon 32 days away (but seriously, who is counting anyways) and event season now in full swing, this is going to be my motto for the next couple of months.


I’ve pretty much given up trying to remember everything I’ve done for these posts (you’re welcome) so here are a few high (and low) lights.

My brother and sister got older so we celebrated. Well, they celebrated and I chaperoned and napped per usual.


I snuggled up with this guy.

Max and I



















Who also happens to be my date to my sisters wedding. Clearly I’ll have the most handsome date.

Wedding date

Meghan and I ran a lot.

312 Run to the Plaza












And ate, duh.

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream












Our events team met in Bethesda and came up with some pretty great ideas and welcomed Tom to the group (naturally over cupcakes).













We went to my sister’s shower in Breese, IL. Yep, that’s a real place (Google it) and they have cows.

Cows on cows on cows



Oh and there are people there too like these goons.

Charley and I












And the 3 of us matched without planning it.

Shelby Shower

I ran 13 miles (this view never gets old).

13 miles

Then Deanne and I sweat our way through our first (amazing and successful) event of the season.

Deanne and I Dupage












Sometimes adulting sucks so we color.

Adult coloring books












Or go to the batting cages.

Batting cages












But most of the time it’s awesome and you layout with this view (and pretty good company).













Last Monday we went to sunrise yoga and the instructor didn’t know right from left which messed with my chi a little. But check out this view. . . it makes it all okay.

Sunrise yoga












Saturday was a whirlwind. I ran 20 miles and ended up with some pretty awesome chafing which is totally not cute.













But then we ate this and all of the problems were solved.

Green Street Meats













And then we went out for my sister’s bachelorette party.

Laura and I












And I got a tattoo.

Sista Sista tats












Kidding. But we had a great time.

Shelby Bach














This is what you look like after you run 20 miles, drink and dance all night and then do hot yoga sculpt. So much pain. . .














For some reason this is a real sign at Mariano’s (so you know someone had to have done it before).


I turn 28 in a couple of weeks and while I joke a lot about getting old I’m really not that freaked out about it. I have a pretty awesome life so far. My family is amazing and supportive and only annoy me like 16% of the time, my friends are pretty cool and still put up with me, and I have the best job, co-workers and volunteers a girl could ask for. So if this is what 28 is going to be like, then I think I’m going to be okay. Not to mention Fall is just around the corner which means my favorite. . .

Pumpkin Everything









And BIG thank you to all of my friends, family and co-workers who have donated to my fundraising page!


Running is Hard. Not Running is Hard.

I started this blog post over a month ago and titled it “New Shoes, New Tude” after I got these sweet kicks.


So excited, I jumped right back into my running schedule (literally on the way home from Fleet Feet). Check out this view
Tuesday June 30 RunOh and this one.

10 mile run

Since it’s been over a month since my last blog (and because I don’t have time) I won’t post a photo of every brunch, run group, movie in the park, friend date, birthday celebration, workout class and intramural game. Just a few highlights below.

Meghan and I took a mental health break one day and did fun stuff like stand up paddle boarding, a DIY divvy bar crawl and explored some restaurants in the area (yumm Angry Crab).

DIY Divvy Tour












A few of us volunteered and represented LUNGevity Foundation at the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K and had a blast.

Imerman signs












I got to hang with these goons. Sisters are the best, everyone should get one.

Sista Sista

And this one (we’re in love).

Me and Bo












Then in mid July I got a stress fracture in my right foot and had to pump the breaks. Yes, I called my dad right away crying uncontrollably that I won’t be able to run for a few weeks as if the world was ending. These helped though.













This is what everyone does in their office right?














This is how I felt.


So I spent the time (trying not to punch anyone) doing weights (that might be a stretch), yoga and some swimming (okay rafting). For a few days I think my friends, family and co-workers got a good laugh at watching me hobble around and then that wore off and the fear set in.


Thankfully, for everyone, I was cleared to run again a couple weeks ago and I went back to my marathon schedule thinking I would just hop right back in. I quickly realized that was not going to happen. For anyone who has seen me on the lakefront path in the past 2 weeks, no I’m not going to die even though it looks like it. So yes it is true: if you don’t use it, you lose it.

It’s scary to think how hard running can be after only a few weeks off. Mentally, I could not be happier to get out and run again (I think everyone else around me agrees). Physically though, it’s going to take me a couple more weeks to get back into it. So big thank you to my friends and run group who have run with me the past couple of weeks and only moderately laugh at my struggling.

Non running related (that exists right?) event season is coming up at work and things are about to get real. In anticipation for my 3rd year I decided do some highlights from last year (thankfully orange and t-shirts are growing on me). It’s true, our team would do just about anything to help end lung cancer.

Events 1



Events 2









Events 3Events 4


























So as crazy as it’s about to get, I’m excited for this fall. But I do want to personally apologize to my dad for crying so hard during nap time in preschool that he had to move me to another school. I think he and I can both agree we’d like those naps back.


Cheers to 2015 event season and marathon number 4!














Also, big thank you to everyone who has donated to my fundraising page!


So I’ve been putting off writing another blog post mostly because I’ve been crazy busy but also because training for two marathons in a row kind of stinks and I’m in denial that Chicago training has begun. I haven’t missed any runs in the past 3 weeks but anyone who has gone with me can attest to the fact that I’m dragging. . .like seriously dragging.

I’m definitely forgetting a lot of things and there are very few pictures of my runs (it was hard enough to do the actual running) but here’s a little recap of the last couple of weeks.

Laura bought these super cool sunglasses for July 4th and I stole them and wore them inside.

Laura's Glasses









John was in Seattle for the week and obviously knows me too well. . .








We started keeping puzzles in our office and last week they finished this one. I say ‘they’ because I’m way too crazy to do a group puzzle so I just sit back and supervise. . .okay eat.








Oh, and on Wednesday’s we wear black.










Thursday we played a little table tennis in the office (I promise we do work) and Allison killed everyone.

Table Tennis







Then we did a little pre-birthday yoga on the rooftop.

Rooftop Yoga









And celebrated Deanne turning 21 again with tacos (naturally). . .

Deanne's Birthday







. . .and fwends at Barcocina.










Saturday it was LUNGevity bow tie day at the Oriole’s game!










We checked out the pride fest and posed for a Christmas card.










And we went to The Dawson for some more celebrating.










Sunday I went to one of the hardest Shred classes ever in support of Alzheimer’s Association and then got to spend the day with the best dad ever at the Sox game.

Father's Day









Happy birthday to this little lady, the best pie maker and selfie taker I know.










On Monday ABC weather kept interrupting The Bachelorette and we were not amused. We live in Chicago so we just assume that at any time it can rain, snow, natural disaster, etc.. . . no need to interrupt important programming to tell us.

Tuesday we went to see Back to the Future in the park and naturally brought wine juice boxes.

Steve wine









And acted like adults.










Thursday I spent the day at a Fundraising Roundtable with some other organizations and was happy to see that other people geek out over fundraising too! Then I rushed over to Chick’s night because I’ve been seriously failing at attending (thanks for pointing that out to everyone Nutmeg) and struggled through 3 miles. Thankfully the company was great.

Friday Meghan made me breakfast for dinner (why I keep her around) and I got to see these cuties. It’s okay Bo, I’m afraid of boys and doorways too.

Bo and I









Saturday Meghan, Laura and I got to watch Max and Bo and we ventured to the 606 and took a fam pic.










And we ended the weekend celebrating with one of my 2 favorite sistas.

Pride with Shelby









Pride Roomies









Tonight Fleet Feet asked me and a group of others to model for their fashion show. I haven’t modeled anything since I looked like this so it should be an interesting night. . .










And somewhere in the midst of all this I ran 71 miserable miles and saw this sign. #facts













I finally updated the countdown on the side of the blog so I guess Chicago Marathon is really happening in 103 days so I should probably do a little bit of an attitude adjustment.

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has donated to my fundraising page! 





Nutmegs First Marathon

Nutmeg and I decided we would make a weekend out of this whole marathon thing so we got an Air bnb, grabbed our cohorts and went to Traverse City.

On the way there Thursday night we stopped in Grand Rapids where the beer is cheap.

Grand Rapids

Friday we spent the day exploring and we tried on hats.


Went to the beach.


We ran into this sign, clearly we were meant to be on Wellington.


And some poetry.


We did a serious amount of hydrating with hard cider (probably not the right kind of hydration).


And followed it up with pie.


Laura made the coolest sign and gave us a pep talk per usual (no glitter though).

Laura's sign

Then we hit packet pick-up in our matching shirts.


Saturday morning we woke up super early and posed for a pre-race photo (naturally matching again and in the porta potty line).

Pre Marathon

I am definitely not going to pretend like it was a breeze, it was probably the hardest race I’ve done so far and I’m semi surprised that Meghan and I made it out alive without strangling each other. There were for sure a few times I thought she was going to murder me and we’d end up on an episode of Dateline. The course was relatively flat, Traverse City is beautiful and everyone we encountered was beyond nice. The marathon itself though was tough, like really really tough. Also big thanks to my iPhone for playing Phish’s Beauty of My Dreams and Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo on repeat for hours. If anyone needs a karaoke partner, I’m your girl.

So our time wasn’t so great and a couple of years ago I definitely would have beaten myself up about it but we ran 26.2 miles, stuck together and made it out alive so I’d consider that a win. Here’s what you look like after you run a zillion miles.

After Marathon

Since I met this goon on the interwebs, people often ask if we get along or if we get sick of being together all of the time.The answer is yes we do get along and no I don’t think I’ve gotten sick of her yet (I will keep you posted though). You definitely get to know someone when you live together but training for a marathon together takes it to a completely different level. When you run more than 15 or so miles with someone things get real but it also makes you more considerate of each other and I can confidently say that there’s no one else I’d let blow their nose in my sleeve. And I am so, so proud of her for finishing her first marathon! Naturally we celebrated with mimosas.


And the best brunch ever.


And we skipped the napping and resting and went straight to drinking on a patio which was a pretty good life decision.

Post race drinks

And then did the same thing, just different location.

Post race

Then Sunday we spent the day tasting wine before we headed back home.


On the way back we caught this sunset.

Drive Home

So now it’s back to real life and I’m sure I’m forgetting a ton of stuff but here goes.

Memorial day we went to Scooters naturally and celebrated still being alive.


Then I made a mess. Walking and eating ice cream is tough!

Scooters Fail

And I did a lot of this because my body is old now.


Then Tuesday I came back to my office to these!

TL Shirts

Friday we had our May Team LUNGevity fundraiser at Halligans where Deanne seriously hustled the crowd and Deni and I drank beer.

Team LUNGevity Fundraiser

Meghan and I made it through over a year of living together, 16 weeks of training and a marathon but we almost did not make it out of our first Costco trip alive. Thankfully they have hotdogs and ice cream at the end or someone would have slept on the couch that night.


We celebrated National Running Day with Fleet Feet’s relay from store to store and then went out for the hawks game.

Natinal Running Day

And we made root beer floats for kiddos at Ronald McDonald.

Ronald McDonald

Saturday before the Hawks game we hit up a TRX class where I verbally annihilated a girl for laughing at Meghan for not running a lap after the class. Um she just ran a marathon so shut it lady. Then the dream team hit Logan Square for a scavanger hunt that turned out to be really fun and lead us around town doing shots with bartenders and hunting graffiti.

Then on Sunday John, Samantha and I did the Zoo Run through Lincoln Park which was pretty cool actually until the torrential downpour and lightning (I do not look good wet).

Zoo Run

Also my sister is getting married in October and it looks like this handsome fella is most likely going to be my date. Not mad.

Wedding Date

And Chicago Marathon training has officially started! And while I am totally excited to manage Team LUNGevity again this year and start running again, my body totally isn’t so I think the next couple of weeks are going to be rough. On the bright side it’s sunny and warm and basically the opposite of the winter training that I just went through so I’m not going to complain.

And big thank you to everyone who has donated to my fundraising page!