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?





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!