2013 LUNGevity Slideshow

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!


It’s Officially Cold

Yesterday was one of my favorite nights of the year. . .Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! It’s a night to get together with friends, wine and food and watch models strut their stuff. To make room for the copious amounts of food and wine I was consuming later, I decided to do a quick run outside (umm yes, I said outside) before I headed out.

I piled on 3 pairs of running tights, 2 pairs of socks, 3 long sleeve shirts and a puffy vest and braved the 11 degree 1460180_3271429581694_774518976_ntemperature (my fingers were too cold to take pictures!). Instead of doing an out and back route I stuck to looping around my apartment in mile intervals just in case the cold got too bad. I did my first mile and was warmed up (well. . warm enough) so decided to keep going for another. The second mile windy and a little colder since I started to sweat a little so I thought about stopping when I got back to the apartment but as I ran up to the front of the steps I decided I had one mile left in me and pushed through (my toes may not have felt the same way though). I finished 3 miles and headed in for a warm and well deserved shower! Then I headed over to Samantha’s with what else. . cookies and wine. . to watch the VS Fashion show, feeling good about finishing the run!

In case you are keeping up with the #runchi holiday hundred challenge, I have 3 weeks and about 60 miles to go!

Holiday hundred December 11

Day Off Equals Double Workouts!

One of the things I love the most about having the day off of work is getting two workouts in (I’m crazy right?). Today was my first official winter run through the snow and it was tough! The temperature and the wind weren’t Winter run Dec 9too bad but the snow on the ground provided some extra work on my legs and core! I set out to do 2.5 miles total but when I was about to head back I saw that the path near the lake was completely clear so I kept going and did my turn around at 2 miles instead — getting in a full 4 miles! Later on today I’ll hit up sculpt at Corepower with my favorite trainer Cheyne, who continues to kick my butt!

Today isn’t the only day full of workouts though! Saturday I went with a few people to How We Move hosted by Lululemon in Bucktown. I looked forward to this day all week and it did not disappoint! We started off at Lululemon in Bucktown and hopped on a trolley that took 30-40 of us over to our first stop: CrossTown Fitness. Here we numbered off into 4 groups and rotated through each station. We had a treadmill station, kettleball, step bench (lunges 1st round and tricep dips 2nd round) and weight (squat presses with a bar 1st How we moveround and burpees 2nd round) station. For the 1st round we did 30 seconds straight with a 15 second break and repeated that 4 times. The 1st round was challenging but not anything super hard. The 2nd round though she took it up a notch and had us doing 45 seconds straight of each exercise. . that doesn’t sound like a long time, but tell that to my triceps while I was dipping! I did find that when I got to the treadmill part, I was able to really crank it up higher than I typically do! Overall I think the first gym was great!

The 2nd stop was The Dailey Method in Bucktown. This was more of a barre ish class with pulsing and more targeted muscle exercises. We did a lot of floor work, with a little time at the barre and we held the poses for a long time each! I thought that this was a harder class and I appreciated the workout (and soreness in my legs the next day) but I also don’t think it was something that would hold my attention enough to keep coming back. We did get a free class though so I may try it again to see how I like a full 60 minute class!

Our final stop was Zen Yoga Garage. This was a relaxing and great way to end the day of working out! We ran through Sun A and Sun B and while it wasn’t ‘hot yoga’ the room was nicely heated for us! When we got out of class we encountered something that every workout should end in: Chipolte and wine! I naturally dove right into the Chipolte making myself a chicken burrito bowl and grabbed a glass of wine!

Chipolte CateredStay tuned for an update after the Victoria Secret Fashion Show tomorrow. Every year I like to get together with friends, pig out and watch the models strut their stuff down the runway.


So part of my running for fun was signing up for the #runchi Holiday Hundred challenge. While I do love to go out and run, I like to have a goal to work towards just to keep me motivated on the cold, dark mornings when my bed is the only place I want to be. The idea is to get in 100 miles between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve which averages out to about 20 miles per week . . .the perfect amount of winter mileage for me!

A few of my friends have seen my #runchi mileage posts on Facebook or Twitter when the Nike+ app loads and have asked what’s up with it. When I explained the challenge to one friend she replied with a question that really threw me off: “so what do you get when you hit 100?” Hmmm. . . Sanity? Several good runs under my belt? Extra calories to eat? It’s one of those moments when you realize you’re a runner and that you don’t need a reason or a prize to reach a mileage goal and that no one else really understands that.

On the days that I’m not running, I’m going to Corepower yoga sculpt which is an insane, hour long, hot yoga weight class. It’s a great balance for days when I’m not running and is a mix of cardio, strength and relaxation.

So here’s where I’m at as of this morning:

#RunChi Holiday Hundred

Happy Running!

I Run for Pie

Anyone who knows me (or has been following this blog) knows that I love to eat. So naturally I keep signing up for Pie Run with Stevethe Pie race in our hometown every Thanksgiving morning. Not only does it give me an excuse to pig out even more at dinner, I go home from the run with not one. . .but TWO pies!

A 5K is totally different on your body than a marathon (obviously) but it’s also a lot differently mentally. Through the marathon you keep telling yourself slow and steady over and over again (or try not to die if you’re like me). But when you’re running a 5K, you don’t have 26.2 miles to cover. . .just 3.1! I ran the first 2 miles with Steve and we talked Pie Run with Grandmaand then we passed mile 2 and I realized that I had one mile left. . and a ton of energy. So we split up and I picked up the pace! My last mile was almost 2 minutes faster than my first 2 and at the end I saw my grandparents cheering me on!


After the race (and trying a few bites of both the pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake) we headed over to my grandmas for dinner. To have a healthier snack there I brought proscuitto wrapped asparagus (yummmm) and homemade cranberry applesauce! The main feast though is cooked completely by grandma (she’s a pro now) and was, as always, amazing!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving family photo

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Great article!


Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

View original post 649 more words