Busy Week

Wednesday morning I woke up earlier than I had planned to and did a little workout in the gym. Yes I posted this photo yesterday but it’s cool enough to post again.

Tuesday view

My plan was to squeeze in my 6 mile run during lunch but when I got in, Anna asked if I wanted to head over to the Taste later so naturally that was my first choice (priorities people). So thankfully for my co-workers (and their noses), I pushed my run back to after work. Around lunch time we hit the Taste and got Chicago style hot dogs (obviously), toasted ravioli, pierogi’s, pad thai, turtle cheesecake and watermelon Italian ice. It’s a shock that we didn’t go into a coma at our desks (so much for the bridesmaid dress diet).

Wednesday Taste of Chicago Tickets

Wednesday Taste of Chicago Food
After work I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a networking group (alone) with some others managing endurance events for non-profits in the area. Then I ordered Lou Malnati’s (photos below) for my roommate and I, snuck in a ‘quick’ 6 mile run, inhaled my dinner and then met up with Steve at the movie in the park. The movie last night was at Lincoln Park near the Chicago History Museum and was. . .hold your gasp. . .my first time seeing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! The movie was great and so was the wine and company!

Wednesday Lou's pizzaPepperoni and pineapple deep dish

Lous saladDon’t let this ‘salad’ fool you. . there’s definitely bacon in it

Today is my Friday so I have a busy day at work and then tonight I am heading over to the 8K Bastille Day race with my roommate Meghan, Samantha, and a few other girls before heading for a post race dinner at Noodles in the Pot. Tomorrow, I will be starting my day off with a 12 mile long run (yay) and then kicking off the festivities for my friend Kristin’s wedding!

#RUNCHI Fun Run, New Shoes and Watermelon

Monday I planned on meeting up with the #runchi cheer team (including Samantha) and my roommate Meghan for a fun run at Fleet Feet after work. Pretty much right after I got on the train though I realized I forgot to bring my running shoes with me. So instead of going back home, I decided that it was fate intervening and telling me I should buy a new pair (because nothing makes a crappy day better than new running shoes). After work I headed straight to Fleet Feet and hopped on the treadmill so they could watch me ‘pronate’. Then the guy came out with a few selections and had me try them on. I opted for the latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline and while I wasn’t the craziest about the color at first, they’re starting to grow on me. He also suggested that I go up half a size to leave more room for my toes for long runs and he was right (although that means I now wear a size 10 shoe. . .woof). I think one of the ways you know you’re a ‘real runner’ (or maybe just an adult) is when you choose the right type of shoe for you instead of deciding based on color. There were about 20 other pairs that I liked better and were way cooler than the ones I got but these fit me like a glove!

Monday new shoes

Once I laced up I met with the #runchi cheer team girls and Meghan and we hit the road. Since it was a rest day, Sam and I just did an easy 3 miles and caught up on the latest gossip and Meghan chimed in here and there (she has an injury so is getting back in the game). The nice thing about running groups is that you meet new people and it’s easy to just jump in whenever you have time. We all have something in common so I can go for a couple weeks and then if I have to miss a few runs, I can hop back into the group and pick right back up where I left off. We ended back at the store and took some very sweaty photos.

Monday fun run with Meghan

Monday fun run with Samantha

Yesterday after work I went straight to packet pick-up for the Bastille 8K that Samantha, Meghan and a few other girls are doing together and grabbed mine and Meghan’s swag. Then I went on a quick 3 mile run sans phone and music to clear my head before getting some errands done.

Tuesday Bastille shirt pickup

This morning I woke up earlier than I had planned so I did a ‘weight’ workout in the gym. I use ‘ ‘ around the word weight because I don’t think I’ve ever lifted a dumbbell heavier than 5 pounds before. The view was great though so no complaints here.

Tuesday view

My plan was to squeeze in my 6 miles during lunch because Deanne and I are going to a charity orientation after work but the opportunity to go to the Taste arose so obviously I choose food over running. My run will have to wait until tonight!

P.S. I’m only $300 away from my fundraising goal AND cut watermelon is buy one get one free at Jewel today so basically I won the lottery this morning and I may or may not have already eaten one of these. . .  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday watermelon

July 4th Weekend

This weekend started off with a little events welcome lunch!  Anna, Beverly and I headed over to Vapiano for lunch on Thursday to chat about Beverly’s first week here, discuss the ins and outs of events and to carbo load for the weekend!

Thursday lunch with Bev

Then after work I met up with my roommates to kick off the holiday weekend with drinks! Also my sister stopped by with her pup Max and all the girls drooled over him (okay he did most of the drooling).

Thursday drinks

Friday morning started off with my 11 mile long run. Typically my long runs are saved for Saturdays but since it was a holiday weekend, I thought I’d get it done and out of the way!

Friday 11 mile run
Overall the long run went great! The heat felt nice, the paths weren’t packed yet and there wasn’t really a time that I felt like it was tough (okay the next day soreness maybe). The only downside was running past the grilling near Castaways because people were out ready to celebrate with BBQ first thing in the morning! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I like more than a good hot dog but after running 7 miles at the time, the smell of the grill made my stomach turn.

After I was done, I met up with my roommate Meghan at Great American Bagel (where I end all of my long runs). I had a whole wheat bagel with veggie cream cheese and a whole slew of liquids including water, OJ and a coffee IV. We ate up, went back to the apartment and then spent part of the day at the beach with Katie.

Friday beach
After the beach I schlepped home, showered, changed and made these and then cut up strawberries for a fruit dip that was wildly popular!

Friday cupcakes

The 4th of July party at Jacobs had an amazing view and pretty good company (kidding). The apartment was on Lincoln Park West and you could see most of the city and then into the suburbs. We played Cards Against Humanity, snacked, grilled and waited for the fireworks.

Friday friends

We had all planned on looking towards the lake front for the firework show but the view towards the suburbs was amazing! You could see the shows from all of the surrounding suburbs going off at once and in the words of a child nearby “there are thousands of them and they are BEAUTIFUL”. Some photos of the view (oh and Steve):

Friday view

Friday  view 2

Friday  view 3

Friday steve and i 2

Saturday my cousins, aunts and I surprised my grandma for her birthday and we hit the spa:

Saturday spa
Isn’t she so cute:

grandma spa

Then we all went to see the movie Jersey Boys (so good) and here you can see where I get my appetite from:

Saturday grandma food

And then we finished off the afternoon with lunch and dessert:

Saturday happy birthday Grandma

Sunday morning Steve and I went to The Gold Coast and Streeterville Historical fun run hosted by Fleet Feet. If you’ve never been it is definitely something worth checking out. In terms of a workout, you really don’t run more than a few blocks at a time, but Chuck the guide is awesome and the tour overall was great! Here is a map of all the locations we hit:

Map from history run

Here we are at the beginning of the tour huddling up around Chuck:

Old town history run 1

And then Steve and I in front of the Newberry Library:

Old town history fun run Steve and I
So it’s Monday now and it’s a 4 day (but super busy) week for me so I’m starting it off right with some delicious oatmeal with banana:

Monday oatmeal breakfast

P.S. Thank you to my dad who donated to my page this weekend bringing me closer to my goal of $2000! Only 3 months and $300 to go until Marathon time!

Cold July Runs And Weekend Kick Off

Chicago is awesome, it is 80 degrees one day and the next it’s windy, rainy and 55. Yesterday Deanne and I decided we’d turn our commute into a 6 mile run home and save some time so we posed for a photo naturally

Wednesday run home 1
and then we hit the streets by 5:10. The first half mile running home from work kind of stinks because you have to weave in and out of people but since we are so close to the lake front, after that it’s all a breeze (in this case literally). The wind was strong and pretty chilly and while it didn’t rain on our run home, it was misting enough to get you wet. The commute was tough but we chatted and complained a little (okay I complained) and we made it through! We took a selfy to send to Rejane at Wellington and then we split up to go the last mile to mile and a half home.

Wednesday run home 2When I got home I took the world’s fastest shower (you should be seeing my photo in Guinness soon. . the book not the beer) and then headed out to Old Town for dinner and stand up. I won’t waste my time talking about the burger that I ate because it wasn’t that great BUT I did make a serious cup of fro-yo that was awesome. It was cookie and cream froyo with strawberries, raspberries, brownies, nutella and if the cup was big enough I would have also added cheesecake and cookie dough bits (among other things).

Wednesday froyo

So this weekend I will be doing a lot of running (Sunday’s Fleet Feet historical run) and celebrating America. Stay tuned!

 

P.S. I’m only $400 away from my goal now thanks to the wonderful Beth Ida!

Running Around

The last couple of weeks have been pretty packed and it seems like it just keeps getting busier! A few months ago when I was at home I asked my dad when life gets less crazy and he just laughed and said ‘good one’ so I guess this is it! Thankfully my schedule is packed with things and people I love (mostly) so I can’t complain!

Monday was cross train day which is supposed to mean 45 minutes to an hour of any aerobic exercise other than running. According to that definition, I failed this week. I thought when marathon training started that I had lucked out with intramurals being the same day as my cross training but I don’t think it’s going to cut it anymore. After work, Deanne and I headed over to the Bank of America Marathon Charity Reception at Park Grill in Millenium Park where we ate, learned about other charity endurance programs and found a potential suitor (or so my grandma would call it). While at the reception we both decided that we want to make an effort to attend more networking events like this one (and working on our people skills). It’s a great way to learn more about other charities fundraising and endurance programs and what we can bring back to LUNGevity’s.

name tag

We had a great conversation over wine and apps about a charity that has been part of the Bank of America Marathon since 2001 and has grown over the years from 30 to over 200 runners!

So after we did this

BOA Charity Reception wine
and this

BOA Charity Reception food
I went straight to dodgeball (indoors) and of course got caught in the monsoon on the way there. After a couple glasses of wine dodgeball gets a little more fun (or maybe just I do) but unfortunately wasn’t exactly the 45-60 minutes of cardio that I was supposed to get. . whoops. I am considering breaking out the old roller blades next week to fulfill the requirement so anyone on the streets of Chicago (or lake front) should definitely watch themselves.

Tuesday I woke up early to get my 3 miles in and my phone was almost dead. So I left it to charge and did my run without music or my Nike App. If it’s not recorded by technology in some way, does that mean the run didn’t happen?

Around 1PM yesterday I took an hour lunch break to work outside on Cosi’s patio! The weather was perfect and I actually got a lot of work done. . . oh yeah and I ate this (I couldn’t even wait to take a bite before a photo):

Cosi

After work I had about a billion (give or take) errands to run so I skipped the movie in the park and instead took this cutie with me:

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Tonight I’m going to a comedy show and Deanne and I decided that waking up early and running 6 miles before work is for suckers (today at least) so we’re going to run home from work. For anyone who is wondering why I look like a slob today (I know, not much different than other days), it’s because I am multi-tasking marathon training, commuting and hanging out with Deanne.

Also, I JUST hit $1500 on my fundraising page so THANK YOU to everyone who listened to my last plea and helped me get there! Only $500 to go until I get to $2000!