Beat Oprah

Last nights speed workout call for Fartleks (my fave) and since Lola had a social engagement, I had to channel my inner dog without her.

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This morning Deanne and I were looking forward to yoga at the new Park at Wrigley (because we don’t spend enough time together) but woke up to a thunderstorm. So yoga and rolling happened indoors instead — boo.

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And for the most exciting news ever. . . (drum roll please) after over a year (yep, you read that right) of pro and con lists I FINALLY bit the bullet and bought a Garmin. It felt like fate when I found one of my finalists on sale (and got an extra discount from my roommate!). So now I wait like a kid at Christmas for the mail and prepare to kick Oprah’s butt once and for all.

P.S. Apparently I share this dream with several others because when I googled Oprah’s time, the below (and so many more) popped up.

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A Few of My Favorite Things (and People)

In an attempt to ease my way back into blogging, I will post just a few things including a photo of my favorite (and cutest) running buddy. Here she is post 7-mile tempo run calculating how many treats I owe her.

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Shout out to these ladies who raised over $4000 at their Lemonade for LUNGevity stand, stepping up to make an impact and support their mom.

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And a big thank you to everyone who has donated to my Chicago Marathon fundraising page this year. I’m so grateful to have friends, family and co-workers who support all of the crazy things that I do.

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Most importantly, Happy Birthday to this old man. Thanks for cheering me on for the last 29ish years and always having my back.

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And So It Begins

To say we refreshed the browser a few times waiting for our training plans would be a serious understatement. When this email finally came, we were pretty excited.

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And that excitement quickly turned into a constant state of tiredness. The week started off with a tempo run on Monday and boot camp Tuesday morning. Wednesday was Global Running Day which meant Deanne and I went to work representing! Not pictured here: our accidental twinning the day after.

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It also meant that I had to mad dash from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity kick off near Grant Park (thankfully we were supposed to wear our gear)

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to Fleet Feet for CES speed work (here we are finishing up with some stretch and strength).

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Thursday was boot camp again and then Friday morning was an easy run with my new favorite running buddy (she’s so cute right?)

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This weekend kicked off with dinner at a new seafood place nearby with Meghan and Laura and then a slumber party with these two (and a pretty early bed time).

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They hung out in bed when I headed out for my long run Saturday where I met these fellow Team LUNGevity runners and Meghan for 7 miles. It was awesome connecting with Katie, one of our new runners! While talking we learned that her mom, a survivor, lives near the Cleveland event this weekend and is able to join us!

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Then went with me to my sisters grad party (photo taken before prom last week).

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Sunday we ‘rested’ which to me means dog beach, errands, and a nice stroll (okay maybe more than a stroll) around town.

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This week is going to be busy. It starts off with a hill run tonight (and some dog beach time squeezed in there).

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Then I am heading to Cleveland Thursday morning for a Breathe Deep event this weekend!

This week I am thankful for coffee

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banana and egg pancakes (seriously. . .only two ingredients and so good)

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and motivational signs in our kitchen (courtesy of LP).

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And as always, THANK YOU to everyone who has generously donated to my fundraising page! With 117 days to go until marathon time (not counting or anything), I am feeling pretty great about my fundraising. To donate or learn more about LUNGevity click HERE.

Surround Yourself with Good People

Growing up my dad always told us that if our friends make bad decisions, we were responsible too because that’s who we chose to surround ourselves with. I’m pretty sure he just didn’t want us doing drugs or whatever else kids were doing those days (jumping off cliffs?) but as an adult, those words have so much more meaning. Last week was the YNPN Chicago Annual Celebration that I have been working on for months now. As we were cleaning up at the end of a SUPER long night, I ran into a girl that I run with at Fleet Feet and she asked me how I do it all. The honest answer to that is that I don’t. I have no idea how it happened but I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded with such amazing people. . .all of the time. The YNPN Board (not pictured below: Cara who rocked sponsorships) is full of smart and motivated and wonderful people who are always eager to help with anything I need. Huge shout outs to Ana at Whole Foods and Michael Jordan (you read that right) at MCL for all of the guidance. Sorry about the endless calls and emails.

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My family has always had my back whether it’s donating to my fundraising pages, cheering me on, listening to me cry (I cry a lot, sorry guys) and most recently, letting me borrow all of their card tables for this event (not weird at all) and testing out my themed props (someones gotta do it).

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I’ve been super fortunate to work at a place that is always so supportive in and out of the office. From helping me with Celebration’s catering order (hey Diana) to naming 90’s raffle packages and reminding me that there is always a solution to every problem (Deanne).

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And to have friends like Laura that write me notes like this one regularly. If Kid President plans on retiring anytime soon, I think I know someone who can fill in.

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And I am so super grateful for this hunk who takes so many of my crazy ideas and helps me make them happen.

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Thanks for lifting all of this stuff (several times).

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And always cheering me on.

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Sorry for the whole no sleeping ever thing.

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With work about to get busier (hey event season) and marathon training coming up, I am reminded every day how lucky I am to have such wonderful people that have my back and are always cheering me on (no matter how crazy my ideas are).

Since I plan on crushing Oprah’s time in this year’s marathon (training starts next week- ahhh), I will end with some wise words from her.

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Thank You from Lola

Big thank you to everyone who donated to Lola and I (and to those who donated before Lola began her career in running). Here is a photo of her below jumping because she is so excited about raising funds for lung cancer research (and because treats).

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For any young professionals that work in nonprofits, serve on a board or volunteer, please consider joining us for YNPN Chicago’s Annual Celebration that I am planning! To learn more about Celebration check out the page HERE. Honestly though, all that you need to know is that I’ll be sporting a fanny pack! Be there or be square.

Internet, Meet Lola

Meet Lola. She loves shoes, gazing out the windows, snuggling and lucky for me: running.

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I was a little hesitant to give up any of my ‘me time’ because most days my run seems to be the only time I have to myself but last week I had a late start so I took her out for a morning run and we fell in love. Little does she know she just signed herself up for the next 23 weeks of training (she’s a natural) — so stay tuned to see her sporting a Team LUNGevity shirt soon! To donate and support my (and Lola’s) fundraising efforts click HERE. This will be my last year run for a charity so I plan on making it count!

Our Breathe Deep Events have kicked off and it has been super busy over here. Between Toledo and North Shore just passed and we have a ton of events coming up!

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Outside of work, I am running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon on May 21 (my first half in years) and planning a 90’s themed Celebration event for YNPN May 18th. This is basically how I feel all of the time:

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Big shout out to my sister for finishing her first half marathon for Paws! It was in the 90’s AND hilly and I’m pretty impressed.

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60 with a Chance of Running

After training for a spring marathon (never again) in the Chicago winter, I have reverted to the nice, warm, cozy treadmill at the gym. With it being 60 degrees in February though, I realized this morning that I am out of excuses to avoid running outside.

So I laced up and hit the sidewalk in a t-shirt (!!!) and as soon as I reached the end of my block (so like .07 miles into my 3 mile run) I remembered that it was SO MUCH harder than running on a treadmill. I do boot camp twice a week, Shred, run miles and miles of intervals at the gym but a block of running outdoors and I was winded.  Part of me just wanted to just turn around and go back to bed but I reminded myself that I’ve run 5 marathons (one with a broken foot) so I can totally get to the lake and back. So I did. . .and I got to see this view:

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And on my way back to my apartment I decided I would focus less on my 10:45 mile pace and more on just being proud that I got up and ran.

Speaking of proud. . . I have two pretty fantastic sisters. This one will be attending University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the Fall studying engineering (nerd):

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And this one is training for her first half marathon in April (she did her first 7 mile long run last weekend) and will be running the Chicago Marathon in October for Paws. She basically has an arc of animals at her house  (seriously, check out her fundraising page) so it’s only natural that she’d run for them. If you love animals, please consider donating to her page. If you don’t. . . you might want to get that checked out.

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Pretty good genes right?

As for me, I will be running Chicago Marathon again for Team LUNGevity so expect some more blog posts about fundraising, eating, training and my (almost) 30 year old body hating me. AND some exciting post about LUNGevity including our growing endurance program (yay: what my office looks like right now)

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And the always exciting Breathe Deep events coming up!

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So while our office is kind of quiet right now prepping for event season to gear up, it’s about to get super exciting (so busy)!

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