My Favorite Triple Jumper

This little nugget is going to State Friday for triple jump and I couldn’t be more proud!

Charley

She’s smarter, funnier, prettier, way cooler and now more athletic and when I grow up I hope to be just like her!

12 More Days

Not that I’ve been counting or anything but there are 12 more days until the Bayshore marathon which really means 13 until my body gets a break. I plan on using the 21 whole days between the marathon and Chicago training to do hoodrat stuff like hot yoga and swimnastics so hopefully when I start running again I won’t cry every time I get up from a chair. Seriously though, for anyone who thinks that they want to tackle a marathon I highly advise you train for a fall one because summer training is SO MUCH BETTER.

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Anyways, I actually can’t remember all of the things that happened over the past few weeks but here’s some stuff.

Tuesday night Laura and I waited until the eagle had landed (or Meghan went to bed) and we jumped around like ninjas filling our apartment with balloons.

Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for some reason when she woke up and saw them, this was her reaction.

Happy birthday Meghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated at Green Street Meats which was filled with cute guys and the food was really good too.

Meghan and I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We basically ordered and shared everything on the menu including pitchers of the sweet drink tea.

Green Street Meats

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday night we checked out the draft and Laura took us to the Eagles tent where the least amount of cute guys were (sorry Laura) but it was actually pretty cool and we got to witness a little Eagles/Cowboys throw down.

Draft

 

 

 

 

 

Friday we celebrated Anna’s new job and cried into our pulled pork at the food trucks at Daley Plaza.

Anna's last day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I made these guys because they’re her fav (yes, those are twinkies, they still make them).

Minions

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Meghan and I went for our last 20 mile run and she wore this, what a mom.

Meghan 20 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last 4 miles or so sucked because my knee hurt (I’m old) but we found a new route (which happens when you have 20 miles to cover) and the view was nice!

20 miles view

 

 

 

 

 

Then I did some serious rallying (with beer and Scooters)

Post 20 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And went to a derby party with Laura and then the 3 of us went to Big Star and ate fish tacos that were awesome.

Big Star Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday I tried roller blading (don’t worry, no photograph evidence) and Laura, Deanne and I hung out by the lake. Don’t let all of that fruit fool you, there’s pub cheese in there too.

Picnic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty much all week at work I’ve been doing this.

Ice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday we had a Cinco de Mayo work party, it was my idea and it was amazing. While I didn’t finish this plate I did eat roughly 50 margarita cupcakes.

Cinco de Mayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then one night last week it was gorgeous outside so we went out on a friend’s boat and drank way too much wine and it was amazing.

Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I plan on filing a formal complaint with the state of California for taking all of my friends away. First these cats.

Matt & Leanne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this guy.

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And now Christina!

Going Away Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Saturday we celebrated and I’m a little less mad because there was cake.

Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also I did a bunch of random runs at some point over the past few weeks but I don’t remember when so here are some pics because even though it’s basically the same view every day, it never really gets old.

Run 2

 

 

 

 

 

run 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday morning run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

run 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day in the suburbs with my family and watched the bulls game (I assume that’s how everyone celebrates their mom). Happy Mother’s Day to the guy who taught me how to box out and be a lady. Best mom and dad a girl could ask for! Love you!

Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the next 12 days means tapering (and less eating). And thankfully work and life are busy enough that I don’t have a ton of free time to worry about coming last in the marathon.

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Don’t Worry, I Run A Lot

Disclosure: In the last 12 days I’ve run 76 miles. I’m announcing this only because the post below contains a serious amount of food consumption.

So to start off on the right foot. . . Last Wednesday I ran 8 miles home and the view was pretty great.

8 Miles Wed 15th

And then I met Meghan for a Scooter’s date.

Scooters

We shared (that’s her sharing face) a Caramel Fudge Nut Brownie Chip concrete and as I commented that raspberries would be the only thing that could make this treat better, she pulled out a carton from her Whole Foods shopping bag. . . just in case we needed confirmation that we should be friends. #byor

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Thursday Bev came to see the new office and chat about Breathe Deep Newark and per usual she brought snacks.

Bundt cakes

Friday I had off work and it was 72 degrees so I did my long run and got a tan (okay so it was a weird tank top tan but I’ll take it). Having played tennis the day before and being as weak as I am, the hardest part of the 20 miler was holding my own arms up for over 3 hours, pathetic right? Check out these clear skies though!

20 miles view

But all long runs end in sangria (well the good ones at least) so we went to Diag. Blackhawks and great weather!

Friday night

My sister is getting married this fall so my fam celebrated. Sisters are the best, everyone should get one.

sista sista

Saturday night I thought I was 21 and drank a fishbowl. Sunday I quickly remembered I am not. Monday was kind of a crappy day already and then I found out this girl is leaving LUNGevity. I’m super happy about her new job but also sad she won’t be here everyday to laugh, cry and tackle mailboxes with.

Anna and I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have the best roomies though and Laura got these smiley face donuts on her way home from work to cheer me up.

smiley face donuts

And then because we’re really cool, Meghan and I did a little workout in our living room, not matching.

workout

And then Laura and I went for a jog!

Laura

Tuesday I squeezed in 8 miles before work.

Tuesday morning 8 miles

And 8 miles clearly wasn’t enough because I went in feeling like this.

Adult

But Dove must have known somehow because I opened a piece of chocolate and got this little message. It’s a pretty safe assumption though that if you’re eating dark chocolate at 9 am you’re having a crappy day so smart move Dove.

Dove

But the day got a lot better because on the way to lunch we found this with a dollar in it and it made me smile! So on our way back we left one for someone else to find!

Surprise!

And then this happened.

Vapiano

And later on the way to Jeni’s I saw this one the ground. What kind of dog is this?

Floppy

And as if the night couldn’t get any better, we did a little taste testing (and by a little I mean a lot). But someone has to do it right? To give you an idea of how much ice cream we got, the nice, innocent lady at the counter asked if we wanted 6 spoons, nope…. just 2.

Taste Testing

Later in the week Jeni’s closed it’s shops and recalled their ice cream so there is a slight chance that I have listeria. . .

Thursday John turned a million so these were in order.

Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At night we did a little roomie volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and it was Bulls night so obviously we had a blast.

Volunteering Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cooked, served food and I was on dish duty (yay my fav). Then we took a tour and they had the doorknobs of hope which were really cool!

Volunteering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while I’m sad that Anna is leaving us, I am happy that Deanne is moving into events! Naturally we celebrated with macaroons!

Macaroons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last few months Laura has been trying to get us to go see The Room, which is supposed to literally be the worst movie ever made (spoiler alert: it was). So at midnight, in the rain we schlepped over to the Music Box and while it was horribly written, acted, way past my bed time and I looked like a wet dog, it was pretty fun so I’m not mad.

The Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the weekend was crazy busy and I did 12 miles in the rain, blah.

12 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated Meghan’s birthday with too many jello shots.

roomies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Deanne and I volunteered at the Ravenswood 5K (check out those vests).

volunteering Ravenswood 5K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we went to Taco in a Bag.

Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday is this little goats birthday and we plan on celebrating all week and ending on Saturday with a romantic 20 mile run.

Meghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the scary counter on the left side of this blog tells me that there’s less than a month until the Bayshore Marathon and while I’m excited, there is a part of me that’s afraid I might come in last. Chicago has over 40,000 people who run it and while I’m not a Kenyan, I’m pretty confident that at least 1 person will come out behind me each year. Bayshore though has just over 2,000 runners so I could possibly be the one bringing up the caboose. Thankfully I have breweries to look into to distract me from these worries.

Outside it looks like spring but the wind makes it feel like winter and I’d be okay if it got warmer out ASAP. . just sayin.

spring!

 

P.S. I hit $1200 for my marathon fundraising! Thank you to my dad, Beth, Jen and everyone else who has donated!

New Office, Same Cool People

So Friday we moved and it was much easier this time around (check out these goons pretending like they’re doing stuff).

Moving 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got into work, packed up our stuff and we were done by 10:30 am which is a clear sign that brunch was in order. A few of us headed over to Sunny Side Up and I had a hard time deciding between the berry french toast and the french toast with walnuts, bananas and chocolate sauce (rough life right?) so naturally I asked the waitress to throw it all together. Best decision I’ve made in a long time.

Friday Brunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunch turned into Friday Funday which lasted way past my bedtime.

Friday Funday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around 2 am Deanne and Laura conned me into going to Taco Bell in Wrigleyville which is filled with all types of animals and I almost ate this (but came to my senses and didn’t, phew).

Taco Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday was beautiful out for my long run.

long run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which I did in shorts and a tank!

Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND the water fountains are officially all turned on which makes me really happy and less dehydrated.

Water Fountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Deanne and I went to Yoga at the new Lole store on Southport. We are pictured below in my favorite pose: savasana.

yoga at lole

 

 

 

 

 

And then I attempted to make oatmeal balls with oats, blueberries, coconut and honey and they tasted good but kind of fell apart.

Oat balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we went out to watch golf. . kidding we didn’t watch golf but it was on at the bar.

Sunday Funday 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

roomies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Laura went to her first Cubs game and it was a beautiful night (thanks dad).

Cubs game

 

 

 

 

 

 

They won in extra innings (and if we’re being completely honest, in the first draft of this I wrote ‘overtime’).

Cubs game girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday morning Meghan and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a romantic sunrise run (otherwise known as marathon training).

Tuesday run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we hung out and ate lunch together in my office like people in love do.

Lunch with Meghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a feeling Laura is going to be one of the top cheerers at the Bayshore Marathon. She’s already started looking for signs to make. I suggested this one as it seems most accurate.

marathon sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week and you can check out my LUNGevity blog post about it later this week.

National Volunteer Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of volunteering, Deanne and I will be at the Ravenswood Run on April 26th helping out so join us!

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Bayshore Marathon countdown. . . 38 days!

Easter Fun and Some Other Stuff

So last weekend I babysat. . . a baby. . . and we both made it out alive (phew). I took some adorable snaps of her but I’m not sure what the rules are about posting children’s photos on the interwebs so I’m going to not do that. Plus she’s way cuter than I am and I don’t want her stealing my show. Saturday I woke up sore because lifting babies is hard work when you have no muscles and I ran 20 boring miles around my hood.

20 Mile Run

Then Deanne and I schlepped around looking for Easter cupcake decor and we found out this is happening (as if Lakeview could get better).

Stans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we stopped salivating we started our cupcake prep.

Cupcake prep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 cans of frosting, 2 bags of chocolate eggs, 25 peeps and several hours later this happened and it was delicious.

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Saturday night we met people out and drank beer as I watched my bracket crumble.

Deanne

Sunday was church day and I got to hang out with these goons.

Goons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my 16 year old sister is definitely not taller than me. . it’s an illusion.

Charley and I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had an Easter egg hunt. . . wine included. Every year my grandpa hides my eggs and makes them as hard as possible to find. Next year he’s in for a treat because I’m going to be in charge of his eggs and I’m taking this game to the next level.

Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we raided grandma’s closet for a fashion show.

Gram Fashion Show

Monday I hit $1000 for my fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported me!

Tuesday I started my day off with a misty 5 mile run before work. I won’t complain though because it was above 40 degrees.

5 Miles Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And ended it with a girls night and some T Swift karaoke (sorry to everyone at the bar that had to hear me sing).

Karaoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I started physical therapy for my knee and the good news is that with some weights, stretching and foam rolling I should be good to go. The bad news is that I’ve stopped drinking coffee and am supposed to be adding an extra rest day to my running schedule so I might lose my mind.

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BUT I am happy to say now that it’s April, I am officially breaking up with the treadmill. . .until at least December.

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The other day I realized that I only have a month between the Bayshore Marathon and Chicago Marathon training so I decided to do some fun runs like this one at the zoo!

Also I’d like to make this happen in the near future. And since you walk from restaurant to restaurant it’s basically a workout.

 

 

 

Blogs from the People that Matter

I started this blog almost two years ago (that’s a lot of photos of food). I like to think that my posts about fundraising and training are helpful but really I think reading this just makes people hungry (do I need to post the doughnut pic again?)

So instead of me posting about what I ate for breakfast, I’m going to refer you to the blogs of people who are doing way more than just running 26.2 miles and eating a lot. Here are a few of my favorites:

Jill Feldman

A Year in the Life of a Lung Cancer Survivor by Jeff Ehlers

Bauer Family 

Tracy Anderson 

The first blog I ever read through LUNGevity.

You can find more here and you should definitely check them out.

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P.S. Thank you to everyone who helped me pass $1000! 

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I’m Running Out of Blog Post Titles

I’m definitely forgetting a lot of things but here’s a quick recap of the past few weeks. I headed down to Baton Rouge for one of our events and I got to hang out with these cuties.

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While I was there Haley taught me to Cajun dance and naturally we ate craw fish.

Crawfish 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it was awesome.

Crawfish 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of running 17 miles in the nice, sunny Baton Rouge weather I thought it would be a good idea to do it when I got home to Chicago in the wind and rain (it wasn’t).

17 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then I thawed at Homeslice with these goons.

Homeslice

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the week I made a friend at the gym and she taught me how to do weights! There are not, and should never be, photos of this happening.
Shout out to this little nugget who broke the 18 year standing school triple jump record!

Charley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then after a little bit (okay a lot) of whining, I convinced my friends to paint Easter eggs with me.

egg dying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And 72 eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, a ruined shirt and several drinks later everyone admitted that they had a great time.

eggs

Friday it was snowing or raining or something and John brought these in to cheer us up.

donuts

It worked and we decided to keep letting him work here.

Sunday we ran the Shamrock Shuffle and it was windy and freezing.

Shamrock pic

And I did not come in first but the company was good and there was beer after so I’m okay with it.

Shamrock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while everyone else I ran with is photogenic, I look awful during and after running so do yourself a favor and don’t look at my post race photos on the Shamrock site.

The week started out in Bethesda with our All Staff meeting and some of us snuck out for a morning run.

Besthesda run

Looking like the the 3 best friends anyone could ever have (or just weirdos matching).

dorks

Tuesday morning Deanne and I realized that we matched. . .again. . .

twins

Then at night we walked around and did touristy things.

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And while I’ve been to DC several times before, I’ve never gone at night so it was pretty cool (minus the part where we got caught in the rain).

Touristy stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we got back to Bethesda and realized we’re not in Kansas anymore and everything closes at 10pm. So we ordered pizza to the room and like always, John saved the day with wine.

Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was there I conned Lauren into joining Team LUNGevity because misery loves company, which means that roughly 15% of our staff is crazy now.

Team LUNGevity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flight home Deanne, John and I watched food shows (obv) and I fell asleep while they stuck stuff in my nose.

One of my friends is coming to town this weekend last minute, yay and I have 20 miles to cover, not yay. Then it’s Easter time which in our family means a lot of eating.

Only 7 more weeks until marathon time so naturally I’ve started looking into post race meals in Traverse City! Stay tuned.

Also, this one is going home for 10 days and I’m going to miss this face.

Meghan