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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Okay Maybe One More. . .

It’s official: I am returning to Team LUNGevity for one last year. I plan to PR in marathon time and fundraising (should be easy right?) and then go back to running just for fun.

Each year that I have run for Team LUNGevity, I have been motivated by my amazing coordinators, volunteers, and co-workers who work hard to kick lung cancer’s butt. This year though is a little closer to my heart. One of my very first volunteer coordinators passed away recently and I plan to run the 2017 marathon in her honor. So here’s to one more year of sweat, early Friday nights and relentless fundraising! To donate: http://lungevity.donordrive.com/participant/heather

Also super cool stuff happening over here! As we head into Lung Cancer Awareness Month (oh hey November) we have events on events on events  (read: so much coffee and excitement)!

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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).

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The Rumors are True

The rumors are true. I AM running the Chicago marathon again this year (gah) and I AM NOT running for Team LUNGevity and here is why:

  1. I’ve been hogging a spot. Yes, I have raised almost $7000 in the last 3 years but now I am opening a spot up for someone who has been impacted by lung cancer and can benefit from the support of LUNGevity Foundation. Our Breathe Deep and Team LUNGevity events are the front door to our organization and I’m hoping that just one more person can join us for the marathon and stick around as part of our LUNGevity family for life. Because as some of my past TL members can attest, I will bug you for FOREVER.
  2. Stealing is wrong in the real world, but in the fundraising world, it’s totally encouraged. Through researching charities to run for this year and signing up to run with one, I have been able to get a few ideas to implement with Team LUNGevity. I have also made some friends (phew, I know everyone was worried) and I have a little endurance event manager pow wow later this month. The more you know, the more you grow.

So while I may be running for another charity, you better believe I will continue to manage, fundraise, promote and host Team LUNGevity events between now and October 9 (you don’t get off that easy). You can totally direct your donations to my cohort Deanne Brandon who will be repping the team for the 4th year in a row.

For this year’s Chicago Marathon I will be running for Ronald McDonald House! As someone who cries out for her dad even as an adult (I’m using the term adult loosely) I truly support their mission in keeping families together. Examples from previous posts below.

Exhibit A

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Exhibit B (of roughly one million)

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Volunteering over the past year or so for Ronald McDonald House has helped me to see the direct positive impact that fundraising has on children and their families during such a tough time in their lives. Ronald McDonald works to keep families together providing a home away from home. Not having to worry about hotels, gas, dinner and so many other small things allows parents more time to spend with their sick child and that is absolutely something that I can get behind. So my goal for RMHC is $2000 and thanks to my amazing friends and family I am almost at the $1000 mark!

 

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You can donate to my page HERE 

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P.S. For any of our local Chicagoans, Breathe Deep North Shore is coming up on April 17th and in it’s 5th year their goal is to hit ONE MILLION DOLLARS! To help them knock that out of the park you can totally sign up and join us that Sunday! (This is me peer pressuring you).

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The Blog is Back

Roughly one billion things (give or take) have happened since my last post in September so I’m not going to recap everything but for anyone who tracked my run or checked my finish time in the Chicago Marathon, you probably knew something was wrong. I mean I’m no Kenyan, but I can hold my own.

So here’s what happened: I’m an idiot. I ran 26.2 miles knowing that I had a stress fracture and no surprise, I broke my foot around mile 16. Peeing your pants is cool, running on a broken foot is not. It’s dumb, it’s expensive (hello adulting) and it’s pretty dang miserable (that’s my 4th beer, pre ER and post 10 miles of crying).

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So after a couple of months with a not so cool boot and even more months of no or barely running, I am finally back (like sloth-like back). I can honestly say that I am the luckiest duck and so fortunate to have such amazing friends, family and co-workers who called, texted, donated and cheered for me. A big shout out to my dad who has always been my biggest cheerleader (sans costume thankfully) and has always had my back.

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And to my sister who donated, cheered, schlepped me around and is solidly one of the coolest people I know. And these beautiful goons who cheered, donated, carbo loaded, put up with my sweat, tears and boot and told me no when I tried to sneak out and take my boot off like a crazy lady.

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People keep asking if I’m going to run again this year and while I’m leaning toward yes, I honestly don’t know yet. Until about 3 weeks ago I could still vividly remember the pain I felt for the last 10 miles of the race and my answer to you then would have been ‘Bye Felicia’. But I have healed and my competitive side (okay all of me) is saying I should go for Chicago 2016, so stay tuned. (Full disclosure: I almost compared this to forgetting the pain of childbirth but I’m afraid that might come back and bite me in the future).

P.S. I’d also like to publicly apologize to all spectators between miles 15-16 for taking my shirt off, it was REALLY hot out there.

 

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. . .

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And I particularly like the one that says “I hope you win”. Me too. . .

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Then later we snuggled up and those goons went out while I stayed in like an old lady and slept.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Also I got these sweet kicks : )

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P.S. My sista is getting married in a few weeks and this dapper fellow is my date. Jealous?

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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.

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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.

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I snuggled up with this guy.

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Who also happens to be my date to my sisters wedding. Clearly I’ll have the most handsome date.

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Meghan and I ran a lot.

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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).

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We went to my sister’s shower in Breese, IL. Yep, that’s a real place (Google it) and they have cows.

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Oh and there are people there too like these goons.

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And the 3 of us matched without planning it.

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I ran 13 miles (this view never gets old).

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Then Deanne and I sweat our way through our first (amazing and successful) event of the season.

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Sometimes adulting sucks so we color.

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Or go to the batting cages.

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But most of the time it’s awesome and you layout with this view (and pretty good company).

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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.

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Saturday was a whirlwind. I ran 20 miles and ended up with some pretty awesome chafing which is totally not cute.

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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.

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And I got a tattoo.

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Kidding. But we had a great time.

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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. . .

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

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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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