On Sunday, October 18th I finally completed the "Chicago" marathon. I put Chicago in parenthesis because I didn't actually do the Chicago Marathon route. I did my own. Chicago is relatively flat so - I figured there's no point in me schlubbing my way downtown during a pandemic when I can just run my own… Continue reading Marathon Reflection
The other day I went out for a 5 mile run. I expected it to go how it usually goes. I run until I have to walk a little bit. While the time spent walking has been less and less (especially over the last few weeks) I don't expect anything different. I finish my 1… Continue reading 1 week till the marathon check in
If you've followed or known me for a while, you'll know that I've had generalized anxiety since I was a kid. I'm a little fuzzy of when I was exactly diagnosed but if memory serves me right, it was around 6th grade, so 11 years old. All throughout my childhood up until my 20's I… Continue reading How Running has Helped my Mental Health
When I first decided I'd run a marathon I scoured the internet for ways to make it easier. I found some good advice. I learned how important RICE is (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for when I had an injury. I learned that you should wear compression leggings to help blood flow. I learned that stopping… Continue reading 5 Unique Running Tips
The amount of random trails I have found in Chicago is astonishing. I ran down California Avenue one day and stumbled on a running track right along the edge of the Chicago river. It wasn't large by any means, but it was there. It led me into a small forest surrounded by rocks, leaves and… Continue reading 6 Weeks until the Marathon Update
6am on a Friday morning. I was off work preparing for friends to come into town to surprise Andrew. I decided it would be a great day to run the longest distance I've ever run thus far. 15 miles. I wouldn't be able to do it over the weekend, and I've been warned that skipping… Continue reading 2 Months to the Marathon: My plan, goals and flying solo
Last weekend I ran my third half marathon of the year (13.1 miles) and, while it was really tough, I felt awesome after it! It's the farthest I've run. I felt confident going into my 11th week of marathon training since I had already run 13.1 miles 2 other times this year. However, when I… Continue reading Burnout Weeks, what’s the deal?
Hi, it's been a minute. I have about 9 pre-written blog posts that I just haven't completed and posted because, well, quarantine. It's not like I didn't have the time. It's more like I didn't have the motivation or energy. Then I woke up one day and realized, I need to be creative now more… Continue reading This Weeks Short Runs: Embracing Lake Michigan