If you need me. . .

. . .I’ll be in hiding, setting up my new Garmin! #Oprahsgoingdown

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Don’t Worry, I Run A Lot

Disclosure: In the last 12 days I’ve run 76 miles. I’m announcing this only because the post below contains a serious amount of food consumption.

So to start off on the right foot. . . Last Wednesday I ran 8 miles home and the view was pretty great.

8 Miles Wed 15th

And then I met Meghan for a Scooter’s date.

Scooters

We shared (that’s her sharing face) a Caramel Fudge Nut Brownie Chip concrete and as I commented that raspberries would be the only thing that could make this treat better, she pulled out a carton from her Whole Foods shopping bag. . . just in case we needed confirmation that we should be friends. #byor

BOYR

Thursday Bev came to see the new office and chat about Breathe Deep Newark and per usual she brought snacks.

Bundt cakes

Friday I had off work and it was 72 degrees so I did my long run and got a tan (okay so it was a weird tank top tan but I’ll take it). Having played tennis the day before and being as weak as I am, the hardest part of the 20 miler was holding my own arms up for over 3 hours, pathetic right? Check out these clear skies though!

20 miles view

But all long runs end in sangria (well the good ones at least) so we went to Diag. Blackhawks and great weather!

Friday night

My sister is getting married this fall so my fam celebrated. Sisters are the best, everyone should get one.

sista sista

Saturday night I thought I was 21 and drank a fishbowl. Sunday I quickly remembered I am not. Monday was kind of a crappy day already and then I found out this girl is leaving LUNGevity. I’m super happy about her new job but also sad she won’t be here everyday to laugh, cry and tackle mailboxes with.

Anna and I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have the best roomies though and Laura got these smiley face donuts on her way home from work to cheer me up.

smiley face donuts

And then because we’re really cool, Meghan and I did a little workout in our living room, not matching.

workout

And then Laura and I went for a jog!

Laura

Tuesday I squeezed in 8 miles before work.

Tuesday morning 8 miles

And 8 miles clearly wasn’t enough because I went in feeling like this.

Adult

But Dove must have known somehow because I opened a piece of chocolate and got this little message. It’s a pretty safe assumption though that if you’re eating dark chocolate at 9 am you’re having a crappy day so smart move Dove.

Dove

But the day got a lot better because on the way to lunch we found this with a dollar in it and it made me smile! So on our way back we left one for someone else to find!

Surprise!

And then this happened.

Vapiano

And later on the way to Jeni’s I saw this one the ground. What kind of dog is this?

Floppy

And as if the night couldn’t get any better, we did a little taste testing (and by a little I mean a lot). But someone has to do it right? To give you an idea of how much ice cream we got, the nice, innocent lady at the counter asked if we wanted 6 spoons, nope…. just 2.

Taste Testing

Later in the week Jeni’s closed it’s shops and recalled their ice cream so there is a slight chance that I have listeria. . .

Thursday John turned a million so these were in order.

Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At night we did a little roomie volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and it was Bulls night so obviously we had a blast.

Volunteering Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cooked, served food and I was on dish duty (yay my fav). Then we took a tour and they had the doorknobs of hope which were really cool!

Volunteering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while I’m sad that Anna is leaving us, I am happy that Deanne is moving into events! Naturally we celebrated with macaroons!

Macaroons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last few months Laura has been trying to get us to go see The Room, which is supposed to literally be the worst movie ever made (spoiler alert: it was). So at midnight, in the rain we schlepped over to the Music Box and while it was horribly written, acted, way past my bed time and I looked like a wet dog, it was pretty fun so I’m not mad.

The Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the weekend was crazy busy and I did 12 miles in the rain, blah.

12 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated Meghan’s birthday with too many jello shots.

roomies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Deanne and I volunteered at the Ravenswood 5K (check out those vests).

volunteering Ravenswood 5K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we went to Taco in a Bag.

Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday is this little goats birthday and we plan on celebrating all week and ending on Saturday with a romantic 20 mile run.

Meghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the scary counter on the left side of this blog tells me that there’s less than a month until the Bayshore Marathon and while I’m excited, there is a part of me that’s afraid I might come in last. Chicago has over 40,000 people who run it and while I’m not a Kenyan, I’m pretty confident that at least 1 person will come out behind me each year. Bayshore though has just over 2,000 runners so I could possibly be the one bringing up the caboose. Thankfully I have breweries to look into to distract me from these worries.

Outside it looks like spring but the wind makes it feel like winter and I’d be okay if it got warmer out ASAP. . just sayin.

spring!

 

P.S. I hit $1200 for my marathon fundraising! Thank you to my dad, Beth, Jen and everyone else who has donated!

New Office, Same Cool People

So Friday we moved and it was much easier this time around (check out these goons pretending like they’re doing stuff).

Moving 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got into work, packed up our stuff and we were done by 10:30 am which is a clear sign that brunch was in order. A few of us headed over to Sunny Side Up and I had a hard time deciding between the berry french toast and the french toast with walnuts, bananas and chocolate sauce (rough life right?) so naturally I asked the waitress to throw it all together. Best decision I’ve made in a long time.

Friday Brunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunch turned into Friday Funday which lasted way past my bedtime.

Friday Funday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around 2 am Deanne and Laura conned me into going to Taco Bell in Wrigleyville which is filled with all types of animals and I almost ate this (but came to my senses and didn’t, phew).

Taco Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday was beautiful out for my long run.

long run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which I did in shorts and a tank!

Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND the water fountains are officially all turned on which makes me really happy and less dehydrated.

Water Fountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Deanne and I went to Yoga at the new Lole store on Southport. We are pictured below in my favorite pose: savasana.

yoga at lole

 

 

 

 

 

And then I attempted to make oatmeal balls with oats, blueberries, coconut and honey and they tasted good but kind of fell apart.

Oat balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we went out to watch golf. . kidding we didn’t watch golf but it was on at the bar.

Sunday Funday 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

roomies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Laura went to her first Cubs game and it was a beautiful night (thanks dad).

Cubs game

 

 

 

 

 

 

They won in extra innings (and if we’re being completely honest, in the first draft of this I wrote ‘overtime’).

Cubs game girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday morning Meghan and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a romantic sunrise run (otherwise known as marathon training).

Tuesday run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we hung out and ate lunch together in my office like people in love do.

Lunch with Meghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a feeling Laura is going to be one of the top cheerers at the Bayshore Marathon. She’s already started looking for signs to make. I suggested this one as it seems most accurate.

marathon sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week and you can check out my LUNGevity blog post about it later this week.

National Volunteer Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of volunteering, Deanne and I will be at the Ravenswood Run on April 26th helping out so join us!

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Bayshore Marathon countdown. . . 38 days!

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

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

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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!

Grad Party, Pie and Mixed Up Runs

This weekend I switched some of my runs up partially because I was busy and partially because I was sore and lazy on Friday. Technically I was supposed to do 3 miles Friday, 6 miles Saturday and then rest Sunday. Instead I took Friday off, did 3 Saturday and 6 Sunday.

Saturday morning started early and after getting some work done and running my 3 (boring) miles, my brother picked me up to take me home for his grad party.

Buck Graduation Party

The party involved a lot of eating (naturally), drinking and bag playing and towards the end of the night we had a nice little visit from the local ice cream man. You are probably not surprised that my family has him on speed dial so my uncle gave Nick a call and a few minutes later he pulled up on the lawn.

Graduation Party Ice Cream Truck

Sunday morning I woke up kind of wishing I did not put off my 6 miles. By the time I got out there it was HOT and the Pride Parade had already started. In an attempt to avoid the crowds, I went South on Lincoln and kind of just kept running without paying attention to where I was going. I kept the pace slower (around 10:15 to 10:30) because of the heat and since it wasn’t one of my typical routes, I didn’t know when I would hit a water fountain. After running for about 2.5 – 3 miles I found myself at the entrance of the Lincoln Park zoo and decided to just run through. By this time it was about 85 degrees and it took everything in me not to dive in with this guy:

Lincoln Park Zoo long run

After I did a little tour around the zoo I headed back home down Lincoln. Since it was so nice out (okay, not nice for a long run) I thought about going to the beach. I showered, changed into my swimsuit and then as I walked toward the lake I hit a metal gate and roughly one billion half naked, drunk, rainbow people and turned back around. As I walked back a friend of mine called to see if I wanted to come lay out later on her rooftop deck. . .duh. So I went to Starbucks and hung out for about an hour and read my book club book (so good) before heading over there. Just a little tip for my single friends. . . apparently reading is super cool because the only times I’ve been hit on recently have been 1. at the library and 2. at Starbucks reading.

Sunday relaxing book club

Later on, my roommate came home and we went to our favorite sushi place, Tanuki. I would have taken photos except we inhaled the rolls as soon as they hit the table. When we got back though, I tried my hand at making homemade pies. For anyone who has asked me what the occasion was, you may have noticed that I have defriended you and you should take note that there is no occasion necessary to eat pie.

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I followed my grandma’s recipe and made an apple pie and banana cream. Both were awesome, as we taste tested them immediately and the apple was exceptionally good straight out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. I do want to point out that at the bottom of the email where my grandma sent the recipe, she said this (what a weirdo):

Grandma pie email
We may or may not have spent the rest of Sunday night eating pie and then drinking beer with the neighbors as they finished packing to move out.

This week is pretty busy starting with a Bank of America Charity Marathon Reception after work at Millenium Park and Dodgeball intramurals tonight . . .stay tuned for updates!

P.S. I am only $70 away from passing my fundraising from last year!

A Little Running and A Lot of Eating

This is going to be a quick blog post so here goes:

Last week Anna and I tried to use a mailbox and it was full. They don’t teach you this stuff in college, we had to rely solely on street smarts. . .

mailbox

Flaco’s Tacos, near Chicago Red Line is awesome. . .

Flacos Tacos

I ran 9 miles but it was so uneventful, aside from about 3 minutes of rain, that I won’t even say anything about it. . .

9 mile long run

Except my Nike App played a nice little joke on me. . .

weight

And then I ate a lot of things like this bruschetta from Frasca. . .

Bruch

And these roasted brussel sprouts with cauliflower, bacon, onions and parm. . .

Frasca app
Oh and then pizza. . .

Pizza
And also I made these. . .

Taco wrap 1
Taco wrap 2

And then these for intramurals. . .

Cookies
And that about sums it up!