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Chicago Marathon # 7 Done and probably my last Chicago.  I just didn’t get that awe inspiring feeling from it or the energy from the crowd. Maybe it just wasn’t my day either esp since I should have know better than to eat a buffalo chicken wrap the night before, my iron-on sticking to my back within a half mile of the start, and my garmin reading 26.89 as I reached the finished.

 I def won’t say “I won’t run a marathon again.” I have number 10 coming up next year, but I do think it’s time to switch things up and move on to a new destination.  Perhaps NYC, Milwaukee, or I’d love to get into London!  Here’s to new challenges and breaking that 4:30 time, I couldn’t seem to do this fall.

Running it’s been my thing this summer and it’s paying off.  I feel strong and ready to run a 4:15-yes I am saying that aloud! I will run that pace!
Tonight compliment was at soccer.  A lady asks, “Do you run marathons? “Yes, I do.”  She responds with, “I can tell, you’re fast!”
Now when I tell people I’m running the Fox Valley Marathon, why is it that no one appreciates it?  But then I say I’m running Chicago 3 weeks later and it’s like WOW Chicago.  Personally, I LOVE them both, but for different reasons. One things for sure, they both are 26.2 miles

Running it’s been my thing this summer and it’s paying off.  I feel strong and ready to run a 4:15-yes I am saying that aloud! I will run that pace!

Tonight compliment was at soccer.  A lady asks, “Do you run marathons? “Yes, I do.”  She responds with, “I can tell, you’re fast!”

Now when I tell people I’m running the Fox Valley Marathon, why is it that no one appreciates it?  But then I say I’m running Chicago 3 weeks later and it’s like WOW Chicago.  Personally, I LOVE them both, but for different reasons. One things for sure, they both are 26.2 miles

24:25-my best 5k (it was a hot one) of the 5 I have ran recently. Three have all been sub 25 minutes-that was one of my goals for this year.  But now how to improve? I know I am a runner, but when are you considered a good one? And I want to be great!
Now training for two fall marathons has started, so I know my speed will be slowing down, while my endurance picks up.  But here’s to breaking 4:30 which I know I will do with a little more training and determination.

24:25-my best 5k (it was a hot one) of the 5 I have ran recently. Three have all been sub 25 minutes-that was one of my goals for this year.  But now how to improve? I know I am a runner, but when are you considered a good one? And I want to be great!

Now training for two fall marathons has started, so I know my speed will be slowing down, while my endurance picks up.  But here’s to breaking 4:30 which I know I will do with a little more training and determination.

"We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as we go by."  
My boys and my best friends kiddos are always there to cheer us on!

"We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as we go by."  

My boys and my best friends kiddos are always there to cheer us on!

“This moment, right here, this is what you fight for… it’s magic and it’s worth it.” - Jillian Michaels  
This quote hit home last night as I’ve said I want to run a sub 4:30 marathon, but I have to be honest in that I’ve never really trained, so this is my year! I’ve been spending many days during my lunch/plan time on this treadmill. Today’s workout was a recovering run of 4 miles at a 6.5 pace.  A year ago this would have been a hard run!

“This moment, right here, this is what you fight for… it’s magic and it’s worth it.” - Jillian Michaels  

This quote hit home last night as I’ve said I want to run a sub 4:30 marathon, but I have to be honest in that I’ve never really trained, so this is my year! I’ve been spending many days during my lunch/plan time on this treadmill. Today’s workout was a recovering run of 4 miles at a 6.5 pace.  A year ago this would have been a hard run!

I have been loving the my treadmill runs this winter and having been running hard for me.  Today I ran 5 miles in 43:20.  My question to you “Do you really need to increase the incline on the treadmill when working on speed?  A running friend (Mike) swears I’m not getting a good run in if I don’t put the treadmill on a little incline.
Happy birthday Courtney! (above left) Glad you aren’t in my age group  anymore Miss Speedy!

I have been loving the my treadmill runs this winter and having been running hard for me.  Today I ran 5 miles in 43:20.  My question to you “Do you really need to increase the incline on the treadmill when working on speed?  A running friend (Mike) swears I’m not getting a good run in if I don’t put the treadmill on a little incline.

Happy birthday Courtney! (above left) Glad you aren’t in my age group  anymore Miss Speedy!

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." This year I will run a sub 4:30 marathon-no excuses. Last year, I ran 2 fall marathons (4:49 and 4:47). The twins were only 13 and 14 months old at the time, so getting back to running long was hard, but now it’s time to chase my goals!

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." This year I will run a sub 4:30 marathon-no excuses. Last year, I ran 2 fall marathons (4:49 and 4:47). The twins were only 13 and 14 months old at the time, so getting back to running long was hard, but now it’s time to chase my goals!


It’s all about the stickers!  Decisions…Decisions…

Do I do marathon 8, 9, and 10 this year? (Peoria, Fox Valley, Chicago or Milwaukee) or attempt to “tri” a half-ironman?

What to do?

2013’s List 
1. Make a t-shirt quilt (I’ve been wanting one for years)
2. Take a picture of the scale weighing 135 (This will be tough, but I can do it)
3. Run a sub 25 minute 5K (25:46 was my best in 2012)
4. Go back to Western Illinois (I haven’t been there in almost 10 years now)
5. Watch 5 of the AFI’s Top 50 movies of all times (Time to watch better movies)
6. Take a cake decorating class (I’d like to make our kids cakes)
7. Go to a Chicago Museum I’ve never been too (I loved the Art Museum)
8. Go to church once a month (This will be tough with 3 little boys)
9. Help someone in need without them knowing it (It always feels good to give back)
10. Read a biography about someone I’ve never heard of (Suggestions welcomed!)
I did a list last year and really enjoyed completed it.  Here’s to a wonderful New Year!

2013’s List 

1. Make a t-shirt quilt (I’ve been wanting one for years)

2. Take a picture of the scale weighing 135 (This will be tough, but I can do it)

3. Run a sub 25 minute 5K (25:46 was my best in 2012)

4. Go back to Western Illinois (I haven’t been there in almost 10 years now)

5. Watch 5 of the AFI’s Top 50 movies of all times (Time to watch better movies)

6. Take a cake decorating class (I’d like to make our kids cakes)

7. Go to a Chicago Museum I’ve never been too (I loved the Art Museum)

8. Go to church once a month (This will be tough with 3 little boys)

9. Help someone in need without them knowing it (It always feels good to give back)

10. Read a biography about someone I’ve never heard of (Suggestions welcomed!)

I did a list last year and really enjoyed completed it.  Here’s to a wonderful New Year!

After having kind of a blah day, I went to my weekly team combat class.  Exercising always makes me feel better and losing SEVEN, yes SEVEN pounds in one week made me feel a whole lot better.  I have switched up my exercising routine this week-running on a treadmill for speed and doing a couple of morning workouts as well.  I guess the boring treadmill is paying off!
I’m a little sad that my “babies” will be 15 months this weekend, but weighing 10 pounds less than I did when I got pregnant with them is definitely helping!

After having kind of a blah day, I went to my weekly team combat class.  Exercising always makes me feel better and losing SEVEN, yes SEVEN pounds in one week made me feel a whole lot better.  I have switched up my exercising routine this week-running on a treadmill for speed and doing a couple of morning workouts as well.  I guess the boring treadmill is paying off!

I’m a little sad that my “babies” will be 15 months this weekend, but weighing 10 pounds less than I did when I got pregnant with them is definitely helping!


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