Meet #RunChi: Heather Domabyl

Run and Cheer with #RunChi

You might see us tweet. You might read our blog posts. You might catch us at one of the many Fleet Feet fun runs–or race by us (or vice versa) at the Ravenswood 5K, the Soldier Field 10 or the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon (now The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon.) But just who are all these #RunChi runners?

Up next in this #RunChi series we introduce you to Heather Domabyl. Here’s her running story.

18 mile training run

How I Started Running
After college I started running to lose weight and absolutely hated it. I struggled through my first half marathon in 2010 due to lack of proper training and preparation. After taking a couple months off, I set my mind to training the right way with the support of family, friends, and a running schedule. I ran the Chicago Half Marathon in 2012, hit my goal time and haven’t stopped running…

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Fall Begins. . .

With the fall event season in full swing now and the marathon just 25 days away (but seriously, who is counting anyways) life has gotten seriously busy. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on the past couple weeks:

On September 4th I did the Super Bears Shuffle 5K with co-workers and got an awesome time. It started out near Soldier Field and fireworks went off as we ran through this:

bears 1

Here I am at the finish (check out that time) with about 40 gallons of sweat pouring off of me.

bears 2

 

This guy was in town just in time to join us and beat me.

Bears 5K with Steve

Here is LUNGevity representing before the race started (the after photo wasn’t so pretty).

LUNGevity at Bears 5K

Then Friday night it was pouring, you know, like it keeps doing in Chicago and I swam home from the brown line.

Chicago rain

Since the weather stunk and some of us (okay just me) had to get up early the next day to run 20 miles, we naturally decided to have a wine and game night in. Here I am being the Prettiest Princess (don’t get too excited Grandma, that ring is fake) and as you can tell, game night at our apartment is clearly a formal thing.

Game night

 

Saturday morning I woke up and ran 20 miles. Thankfully the weather was beautiful and the humidity calmed down for the 3.5 hours it took me to get through my run.

20 Mile run view

This is what you look like after you run 20 miles. . .delirious.

20 mile after

Saturday night (after sleeping and watching football all day) we headed out to Epic to celebrate birthdays and got this view of the city.

View from Epic

Sunday Meghan and I woke up early to meet Deanne at Fleet Feet in Lincoln Square and do the History Run (so fun, you should try it).

History Run

And then we went to Flat Top and ate a ton like this:

Oatmeal

and this:

French Toast

 

oh and this:

Omlete

As if we didn’t eat enough on Sunday, someone (cough Beverly) brought in cupcakes to work Monday (thankfully I run roughly one billion miles a week).

cupcakes

 

Then Monday night we did a little LUNGevity bonding at trivia and we won! Thursday we did a girls night at Bottles and Bottega and if you haven’t been, you should definitely try it!

Bottles and Bottega girls night toast

and as we painted we drank wine and ate all of this:

Food Bottles and Bottega

and now we will obviously be quitting our day jobs.

bottles and bottega final

On Friday, Runners World really nailed marketing on the head:

Good joke RW

Saturday I did 12 miles and then went shopping with Meghan where we saw (at several stores) 4 different husbands sitting on the couch waiting as their wives shopped. What are you doing?! It’s the weekend, go home and watch football!

After shopping Meghan got a little insider view into my job (so weird and awesome) when we picked up these bananas for the event on Sunday.

bananas

Then we went over to Jeni’s (not for the 3rd time this week) and got these:

Jenis

As if I didn’t eat enough we went to Frasca Saturday night for dinner and got pizza (eaten before a photo could be taken) and this:

Frasca Brus

and these brussel sprouts covered in parm and bacon that I consider to be my vegetable source:

Fras brusee

and then obviously a cookie skillet because you can’t go to Jeni’s twice in one day right?

Cookie Skillet

Sunday I woke up bright and early because it’s event season! I attended Breathe Deep Lake Arlington and got this little nugget out of bed to help me (sisters are the best, everyone should get one).

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The event was a success and I am so thankful for Anna and her mom coming to help (best co-workers ever)!

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The past couple weeks at our office have been a little hectic to say the least. With fall event season starting, LUNGevity is busy busy but we also had a few glitches with our server that made some of us look like this at 6am.

sad office morning

Spending the morning at the event though makes all of the hard work and frustration worth it when you see everything come together. Also, this is not the worst view for a workday:

LA view

After the event I dropped Charley off and got to hang out with my dad for a little while. He informed me that he will be taking the day off after the marathon because you know, spectating is a tough job.

Last night Meghan and I went to a 30 minute spin class which was just enough to be considered cross training without making me want cry. Then we went to a 30 minute yoga and foam rolling class which was awkward and painful (but definitely worth it the day after). We were tired and sore from work and spinning so by the time we got to the foam rolling part we were delirious and a little disruptive. There is no photographic evidence of this class, probably for the best.

After work today I’m doing my LAST 20 mile run before the marathon– woot! So for anyone who sees me carbo loading in my office all day it’s because I HAVE to. No more waking up super early on the weekends for this girl!

20 miles

and if you haven’t donated to Team LUNGevity yet, here’s your chance!

TL

This weekend I turn 27 (it also happens to be Taco fest in Lakeview which I don’t think is a coincidence) and I thought I would be freaked out about it but so far my life is prettay prettay great. I have an amazing family that loves and supports me and only annoys me about 20% of the time. I have friends that rock and somehow still like me after years of knowing me. I love my job and have the best co-workers and volunteers a girl could ask for. So if this is what 27 looks like. . I’ll take it!

For the next couple months though, this will be my motto:

Coffee

So Many Things. . .

With event season (and marathon training) at its peak, things here are crazy busy so this is my attempt to fit everything from the last 6 days into a quick post. Lucky for you that means less talking from me. . .

My roommate Meghan and I ran The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon last Sunday so Friday we went over to Fleet Feet South Loop to pick up our packets.

10593084_3723658327130_8191497308851633323_nSaturday was carbo loading time and we went to town on this pizza at Spacca Napoli. I was so busy eating that I forgot to take a photo until we were almost done. Verdict: amazing, you should definitely go try it.

pizzzzSunday morning rolled around and we woke up bright and early to chug coffee and eat our oats and then headed over to Grant Park for the start. Did I mention this was Meghan’s FIRST half marathon? Cheers!

coffee pre eventWe lined up with all of the other crazy people who wake up early and pay money to run 13 miles.

Meghand I pre race

We ran the first 4 miles and the beginning of the course through the Mag Mile was great. Then I sped up a little bit and the course was downhill (unfortunately not literally) from there. We followed the lake south until mile 8.5 and then we turned around to head back ending up where we started in Grant Park.
Pros: there were plenty of water stations, Meghan was there and I didn’t die.
Cons: it was hot, spectator scarce and I didn’t die.
Shout out to Deanne, my co-worker, friend and Team LUNGevity cohort who came out to cheer us on! Seeing her at mile 11 was definitely the pick up that I needed!

SignMeghan and I survived and met up at the finisher chute. I finished in 2 hours and 11 minutes which was 11 minutes over my goal time. .  woof. Meghan finished in 2 hours and 20 minutes (I’m so proud)!

Meghand and I post race with medals

Here we are on the step and repeat looking like super stars clearly (the kind that sweat a lot).

post race meghan and i

Overall I’m glad that I did it but next year I plan on going back to the Chicago Half in September, mainly because they hand you a beer when you finish.

Here I am with my dad and sister after the race. My dad has a medal too. . kidding those are keys.

Dad and I after the race

Charley and I after race

After the race I did the dumbest thing possible. . . I showered, changed and went to Oakbrook mall (read: outdoor walking in 90 degree weather) to shop with my sister for her homecoming dress. It was totally worth it though because I got to hang out with this little nugget!

Charley and I shopping
Then we headed over to my aunts where I hydrated with my Uncle Tom’s famous strawberry daiquiris, ate and then totally fell asleep on the couch.

Charley, Dad and I

Monday was a lot of Meghan and I recovering (hello Labor Day) with snacks, SNL reruns and then Trivia Night.

Tuesday I made this because my grandma says that homemade cooking “brings all the boys to the yard”.  Meghan and I looked outside when the pie was finished and the yard was empty. . so naturally we ate it all topped with vanilla and caramel ice cream.

Apple Pie
Wednesday morning I went back to running and marathon training and did 5 miles before work.

Morning run
Then Meghan and I tried out FlyWheel for the first time at their launch party Wednesday night. There are not many things I hate more than spin class so I went into it a little sour. The first 20 minutes or so were rough but then Holidae In (yup, that’s how it’s spelled) came on and my mood instantly changed. Also our teacher had moves like Beyonce and the rest of the class was ‘fun’.

Flywheel

I started my day off at the Bank of America Marathon Charity Operations Meeting and with 37 days to go, I am super pumped! Speaking of Team LUNGevity, shout out to Matt Goode who has raised over $35,000 and oh yeah, is running a marathon!

Tonight after work I am running the Bears Shuffle 5K with co-workers so stay tuned for a fun update.

And that’s all for now!

 

bears 5k
P.S. Sometime last weekend we had this lox and cream cheese combo. . . couldn’t leave that out of the post.

Lox