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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.

"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!

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!

Ran the hilly Fox Trot in Elgin yesterday morning.  26:26 was my time which was more than 30 seconds slower than my 5k last weekend. :(  At least my running group all looked great in our new running shirts!
 Now, I need to find motivation to run long runs and get moving faster during my shorter runs.  Hoping for a better week of running and a 5k time back in the 25 minute range next weekend.

Ran the hilly Fox Trot in Elgin yesterday morning.  26:26 was my time which was more than 30 seconds slower than my 5k last weekend. :(  At least my running group all looked great in our new running shirts!

 Now, I need to find motivation to run long runs and get moving faster during my shorter runs.  Hoping for a better week of running and a 5k time back in the 25 minute range next weekend.

Team Combat-Round 4.  I started team combat when the twins were 4 months old.  Squats were hard, running wasn’t easy, and I couldn’t do a push-up to save my life.
Now, Steele and Harrison are 9 months old.  I am 19 pounds lighter and my body fat has gone from 36 to 20!  I can run again, do push-ups(girl ones, but working towards real ones) and I even told Jake (our trainer) that I think squats are easy now.  
During this 8 week session, I vow to lose 5 pounds, 3 percent body fat, and run a 5k somewhere in the 25 minute range.  Having a weekly check keeps me motivated and on track to where I want to be!

Team Combat-Round 4.  I started team combat when the twins were 4 months old.  Squats were hard, running wasn’t easy, and I couldn’t do a push-up to save my life.

Now, Steele and Harrison are 9 months old.  I am 19 pounds lighter and my body fat has gone from 36 to 20!  I can run again, do push-ups(girl ones, but working towards real ones) and I even told Jake (our trainer) that I think squats are easy now.  

During this 8 week session, I vow to lose 5 pounds, 3 percent body fat, and run a 5k somewhere in the 25 minute range.  Having a weekly check keeps me motivated and on track to where I want to be!


Today I felt like a true runner-running an 8:38 pace for 5 miles at Cinco de Miler in downtown Chicago.  The temps were perfect, the course a little crowded, but overall a fun, great time!  I feel like I am finally getting back into shape and ready for a great summer of running!


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