The ironic thing about this post is that my second post ever was about running. How much I loved it, how much more than just moving my feet it meant to me, and how it was instrumental in my recovery process. Sidenote: If you get distracted by early posts after clicking on that one, I apologize in advance for the horrendous photography and formatting issues. Oh man, they’re great. Today’s post is the opposite, as I haven’t been on an exclusive run since I did the Magnificent Mile Women’s Half last year. There’s always short bursts of running incorporated into… View Post

A girl can never have too many shoes, right? Personally, I’ve never been a huge collector of shoes and the thought of accessorizing different styles with different outfits makes me sleepy. One area where I do make sure I have more than one pair of shoes, however, is fitness. I actually think that I could use even more, but let’s not go crazy. Different workouts require different needs, and you should always ensure that your choice of footwear is appropriate. 1. Not all shoes are created equal It should come as no surprise that different athletic activities require different types… View Post

My health journey spans well over 10 years. There have been ups, downs, and lessons every step of the way. It can be easy to jump into reading healthy living blogs or look at fitness instructors and think that that drive and motivation comes naturally, but that isn’t always the case. I wanted to take time today to chronicle my own journey so that you are able to see how this is always a process and with each setback there is a lesson to be learned and an opportunity for growth. 1998-2002: I first became┬ácognizant of my health when I… View Post

Hey guys! Don’t forget about the giveaway that ends on Friday! I swear, one of these days I will learn. As you know, I ran the Magnificent Mile Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday. I won my entry (thanks Luna Bar!!) and since I am apparently also a glutton for punishment, I decided to run it. I did get a little more running mojo than I did before the Rock ‘N’ Roll half in July, but by the time the race came around I had only run a max of 5 miles. I was enjoying running again by listing to the… View Post

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a love-hate relationship with running. Looking at a year, my fitness routine has generally followed the same pattern. When the weather is warm (or mildly cool), I run. When it is cold (think winter), I strength train. That has been my pattern for a number of years until this one. I moved to Chicago where it was cold a LOT, I discovered my love of HIIT workouts PLUS heavy weights, and running hid somewhere in the corner. Fully expecting to be excited about running again, I signed up for the Chicago… View Post