Four Years of Awesome

Event season is coming up and things are about to get real. In anticipation of my 4th year (holy cow right), below are some highlights.

I could have never in a million years imagined how crazy weird and awesome my life would be. In the last four years I’ve had the most amazing co-workers, participants and volunteers, I’ve run 4 marathons raising thousands of dollars and every morning (okay pretty much every morning. . .I’m human) I wake up super excited to go to work.

This totally is not the life I had planned for myself but I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turned out so far.

Shout out to this guy for always supporting me and having my back.

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Cheers to the next 4 years (and so much coffee).

Coffee

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.

Coffee

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.

Birthdays

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).

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).

Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Chafing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. . .

Wooof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some reason this is a real sign at Mariano’s (so you know someone had to have done it before).

Marianos

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!

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Work, Life and Lung Cancer Awareness Month

I read an article this morning on the interwebs called “10 Unexpected Truths About Running a Marathon” and all 10 are totally spot on including number 4: You’ll Hate Running”. For a couple days after you finish a marathon you miss running and having a schedule so you work towards getting back to it. But somewhere between a week to 2 weeks after that feeling dies down and you’re over it completely. Aside from a chick’s night run last week (which is a workout but really more of a girls night hang out), a lunch break run for my sanity’s sake (pic below) and a Shred class I haven’t really felt like running.

Lunch Sanity Run

Unfortunately (I blame science) I still have to workout if I want to continue eating at the rate that I do (and keep up some level of sanity). So starting tomorrow it’s back to yoga sculpt at Core Power AND I am going to attempt kick boxing (feel free to laugh, it’ll be a sight for sure). Stay tuned for some scary stories. . .

The past week was kind of a blur but I did get sushi at my favorite place with this girl (sorry Leanne, we miss you) and a bunch of other stuff that I don’t even remember anymore.

Sushi Din

Friday my flight to our Kansas City event got cancelled . . three times. Thankfully I made it out first thing Saturday morning in enough time to sport this amazing orange t-shirt and hang out with my fabulous committee (and this little one).

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Orange is starting to grow on me which is a good thing since all of our volunteer shirts are that color.

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Sunday morning bright and early we headed over to Liberty Memorial for a great event day (check out this view).

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It was a little windy (you can barely tell right?) And for some reason, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a bullhorn (obviously he quickly realized it wasn’t necessary).

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Despite the wind and cold we had a fantastic day and I’m so happy that I was able to be there to see everyone and be a part of the event!

Sunday I flew back and went to see the crazy guy tight rope across two buildings in Chicago without a net and blindfolded.

Tight Rope

I’m sort of glad I went to see it but I probably should have thought my plan through a little better because I ended up pushing through crowds with my suitcase to find my fwends and by the time I got there I was a little crabby and kind of got into a little bit of a scuffle with a girl standing behind us (yes, I got into an argument with someone) and I felt really really bad afterwards. Because she was totally wrong (seriously, she was, I’m not just saying that) BUT it isn’t her fault that I was tired and hungry and had a suitcase with me like a dingus and super crabby. But in my attempt to explain manners to her I realized that I wasn’t using mine and I was raised better than that and I’m really sorry. Anyways, it was a little chilly so I stole this hat (it looks better on me anyways) and all was right in the world (oh yeah, and I had pizza so that helped). You can see above my eye where someone’s suitcase hit my head on the plane when they were getting it down ugh.

Watching Tight Rope

This week is super crazy both at work and in real life (I think there’s a difference between those two?) but with a ton of great things. We’re doing margarita Monday tonight since it’s Beverly’s last week (although you don’t really need a reason for that), Wednesday is the Fleet Feet Fashion Show (yay) that a few of us make into a girls night every year because we’re really, really cool. Then a comedy show Friday! We have a ton of events going on this weekend including Breathe Deep Busse Woods that I’m going to Saturday morning and then Fall Benefit that I’ll be at Saturday night! I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to participate or not (because running and I could use a little break) but I’m definitely going to the Hot Chocolate on Sunday with friends. Thankfully, I’m an awesome cheerleader so if I don’t run, everyone’s in for a treat.

And, it’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month so spread the word whether it’s through social media, word of mouth or through cake pops like Beverly’s.

Cake Pops

Because if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.

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Post Marathon Life

There is a real thing called the Post Marathon Blues (seriously, Google it) that a lot of runners go through after they cross the finish line. It makes sense that you would be a little lost after spending 4 months of your life dedicated to training for something and last year I definitely felt it. I didn’t miss staying in on weekends or waking up super early to run, but as someone who likes having a schedule (okay I’m crazy), it’s weird not to have every free second and workout planned for you.  This year though was completely different. I crossed the finish line, chugged a few beers and haven’t looked back. Yes, I’ll totally do it again next year but as soon as I was done training I went back to being a normal human being (and eating like one). I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that this year has been crazy busy, but the last two weekends were a nice break from running, work trips and weddings.

Last weekend my brother came home and we went out to dinner and then hung out and watched Breaking Bad.

Buck, Charley and I

 

Then Saturday Steve, Deanne and I schlepped to Lincolnshire and went to a pumpkin farm that was clearly meant for kids but we had fun anyways.

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Pumpkin Farm Slide

 

Deanne and I pumpkin farm

 

Sunday I tailgated with friends,  Deanne and I got massages, Meghan and I saw Gone Girl (so good) and then we went on the most painful run ever.

Tailgating

 

Tuesday we decided to try the running thing again and went to Chick’s Night at Old Town and it was dark and windy but fun and only moderately painful.

Chicks Night 2
Wednesday we carved pumpkins. . .BOO!

Pumpkins 2

 

And made homemade cranberry applesauce. . .

Applesauce

 

And then roasted the pumpkin seeds!

Seeds

And the view wasn’t that bad either. . .

View
Friday after work I attempted to make a mummy pie which looked like crap and tasted amazing. . .

Pie 2

Then I went to see Kinetx and here I am way past my bedtime. . .

Kinetix

Going out on Friday night might not seem like a big deal but after training for a marathon for 16 weeks and getting up every Saturday morning at 6am, being out until 2am (and enjoying it) is hardcore. Because usually it takes a few weeks to get back into the swing of things and you feel like this. . .

Funny

Saturday afternoon I went to the blood drive and here’s what I looked like after I donated. . .

Donate blood

If you haven’t donated blood before you should. . . you’re someone’s type ; )

So I’ve donated blood every 8 weeks for the past 10 years and have not once felt sick or fainted but as we were walking out I fainted and hit the floor. . .hard. . . and afterwards I looked like this. . .

Hit the deck

When I woke up the first thing I said was “I want my dad, someone get him” you know, because I’m an adult. . . And you know how I know I’m a real adult? Because my whole body still hurts. You don’t bounce back so easily when you’re old, falling is a serious thing.

After a serious amount of recovering (okay a 3 hour nap) I got to hang out with these guys and you can clearly see that I’m the one in charge. . .

Dog sitting

Dog sitting 2

Dog sitting 3

Today I got to see them again when I went home to the burbs to watch the Bears game and hang out with my family. . .

Bo boboboo

Oh hey. . .

bo from back

And I found this picture from when I was the flower girl in my aunt’s wedding and it’s clear that I’m going to be that girl from 27 Dresses. . .

wedding

Oh and I had this for breakfast this morning before heading to an event at Fleet Feet but I don’t know how to go back to insert pictures so I’m just going to put it here. . .

Breakfast

The last couple weeks have been busy, but good busy. While marathon training is over, event season is not and we still have one crazy month to go of planning and traveling before it settles down a little. This weekend I head to Kansas City (yay for good food and company) and the following weekend we have a few events in Chicago (including Fall Benefit) and then Nashville before Thanksgiving (not the worst way to end event season). Thankfully, I have the best job ever but I definitely foresee a lot of coffee in my future. . .

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P.S. Big shout out to our Team LUNGevity Chicago Marathon runners that raised $76,085.43 (and counting)!

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

Running for LUNGevity

With the Chicago Marathon just 5 days away (ahhh), I thought I’d give a little shout out to Team LUNGevity for passing their goal THREE TIMES! Together we have raised over $40,000 and we aren’t done yet!

Since many of you have donated to my page to support me, I thought I’d let you know what’s going at LUNGevity (courtesy of Katie Brown). If you haven’t donated but would like to click HERE.

NOVEMBER IS LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

  • Learn the facts about lung cancer and share them Inforgraphic_Pie-01
  • Want to spread the word? Let us know! Volunteer to distribute LUNGevity Get Connected brochures to your local hospitals and cancer centers. Become a LifeLine Support Partner by offering encouragement, advice, experience, and HOPE to anyone needing additional one-on-one support. Volunteer or walk/run at one of the many Fall LUNGevity events happening nationwide. Email us at info@lungevity.org if you want to help!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 13, Chicago, IL

Breathe Deep Albany
Sunday, October 13, Loudonville, NY

Be Bold, Be Bald!
Friday, October 18, Nationwide

LUNGevity’s Musical Celebration of Hope Gala
Saturday, October 26, Washington, DC

Breathe Deep Phoenix
Sunday, October 27, Tempe, AZ

Breathe Deep NYC
Saturday, November 2, New York, NY

Breathe Deep Boston 5k Walk
Saturday, November 2, South Boston, MA

Breathe Deep Nashville Stache and Lash 5k
Saturday, November 2, Nashville, TN

Breathe Deep New Hampshire
Saturday, November 2, Concord, NH

Breathe Deep South Jersey
Saturday, November 2, Pennsauken, NJ

Breathe Deep Central Illinois 
Saturday, November 2, Bloomington, IL

Breathe Deep DC   
Sunday, November 3, Washington, DC

Lung Hill Run
Sunday, November 3, Kansas City, MO

ING New York Marathon
A Labrecque/LUNGevity Foundations Run As One Event

Upstage Lung Cancer’s 5th Annual Cabaret Concert
Tuesday, November 5, Boston, MA

Find an event near you—new events are added all the time!

WHAT’S NEW?

LUNGevity Announces 2013 Lung Cancer Early Detection Research Awards

Regional HOPE Summit Registration. LUNGevity Foundation Hosts 2013 Regional HOPE Summit During November in Columbus, OH.

Be Bold, Be Bald! Nationwide, October 18 Go Bald for Lung Cancer!

LUNGevity Supporter Gets Inked! Look at what one LUNGevity supporter did to show his support for a friend fighting lung cancer.

Webinar: Squamous Cell NSCLC: Growing, Understanding and Expanding Treatment Options, November 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST. Register today.

Webinar/Teleconference: How do I pick a Medicare Plan? October 16, 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST

Webinar/Teleconference: Ask the Experts: Legal and Career Advice, October 16, 3:30 p.m. PST/6:30 p.m. EST

Upcoming Nutritional Blog: This month’s nutritional blog will be Nutritional-Related Side Effects of Cancer Treatment. It will be posted online on the LUNGevity website on October 14.

19 Miles and Chipolte Fest!

I have officially conquered 19 miles!

I woke up around 6:45 on Saturday morning and had some oatmeal and water before heading out. Instead of going straight to the lake Map 19 milesfront, I ran through Lincoln Park for about 4 miles before taking Addison over. I went north up the lake front path until I hit 6.5 miles and then turned around and went south. On my way back south, I actually ran through The 5 and 10K Lung Run! It was cool to be running a couple of miles with hundreds of others who are raising money for lung cancer research.

Once I hit 13, I came back around and headed home. Even though the run lasted about 3.5 hours, I felt pretty great the entire time. I ran the 19 miles aside from when I stopped for water — walking 10 steps each time to swallow before running again. Once I got back, I had a bagel, coffee and orange juice, my legs were sore and I was tired, but I wasn’t nauseous at all!

This time I tried Cliff Shot Bloks but I put them in the fridge over night and took them out before I left. I had 2-3 every 5-6 miles and I was Shot Bloks 19 mile runable to eat them with no problem while I drank water. I have decided to go with the strawberry Shot Bloks for marathon day! The first few times I had tried them, I didn’t eat them with water and they were mushy from being left out. Having them refrigerated before made a huge difference.

After the run I met friends at Chipolte Fest (is there a better way to end 19 miles?) in Lincoln Park. We had tacos, pulled pork and pie and walked around the park for awhile.

 

Pulled Pork and Pie Chipolte Fest

 

What’s Next?

This Saturday: 12 miles

September 21st: Happy Birthday to me! 20 Miles!

September 28th: 12 miles

October 5th: 8 miles

October 12th: 2 miles