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

This weekend was pretty epic. As you know, my brother Billy flew in from Washington state to run the Chicago Spring Half Marathon with me. Stay tuned tomorrow for a recap! The good news is that I am alive, which was definitely a concern when I left you guys on Friday. Saturday My brother took a redeye from Washington and landed here in Chicago at 6 am. By the time he got to our place, it was time for me to go teach at Sweat, so of course he joined in on very little sleep. We must be related or… View Post

I have 4 weeks until the Chicago Spring Half Marathon and this weekend I ran my longest run in 2 weeks—3 miles.  I had developed shin splints from changing shoes, my body adapting to them, and pushing myself to run farther and faster during sprints in my high-intensity classes. I talked last week about what to do when you haven’t trained for a race and although there were times when I felt like a failure by not pushing myself to run a distance that I think is necessary for this point in my training, I knew that I needed to take a… View Post