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

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana. Last Sunday I had the opportunity to run the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon which was sponsored by Humana. As I mentioned in a post last week, I was completely unprepared to run this race. Following the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May, I spent a month doing nothing but working out at Hardpressed, then lately I have been back at Sweat taking classes. I had done no dedicated running, so of course signing up to run 13.1 miles sounded like the best idea possible. I arrived home from… View Post

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana. Last year when I was looking into the Chicago Half Marathon Race Series, there were originally 3 races included: the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, and the Chicago Half Marathon in the fall. By the beginning of this year, the race planners had cut out the middle man and only required the first and last race in order to qualify and get a fancy medal. I was relieved since it made my decision to go to Blogfest easier (they fall on the same weekend) and… View Post

Well it is Tuesday and I am still alive after running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon. My knees and calves bothered me for a couple days, but that’s to be expected after not conditioning my body to run that kind of distance. I am questioning my decision to sign up for a session at Hardpressed this morning, so check back with me tomorrow to see if I survived that as well… Alright, on to what we have all been waiting for. Before the Race The race started off at Lakeshore East which is less than a 10 minute walk from… View Post