Race Recap | Chicago Marathon

This race recap is long overdue, but I’m not even sure where to begin! I suppose I’ll cover the entire weekend from the beginning…

I went to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon the Friday before the race with my friend and fellow runner, Ashlee, and her (super fun) parents. We arrived in Chicago around noon and checked into the Westin on Michigan Ave. before Ashlee and I promptly went to the expo to get our race bibs and check out the expo vendors.

The Chicago Marathon organizers had set up free shuttles to take people to and from the expo which made transportation REALLY easy. Once we arrived at the expo we were able to get our bibs and shirts (which are simple in design and super cute) without waiting in any lines – amazingness!! There were a ton of vendors with samples and freebies – a major plus in my book – and with Nike as the official partner, there were plenty of activities and special features hosted by the company. A great expo experience!

course map!

course map!

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Gym Etiquette – Don’t Be “That Person”

It’s January, which means we are in the thick of New Year’s resolutions and jam-packed gyms. I’m all for the uptick in gym members. You have to start somewhere and January is a good time to take the first step and commit to a gym!

That being said, there are unspoken gym rules that new gym-goers (and honestly some not-so-new gym-goers) may not realize until it’s too late. So I wanted to share with you my list of tips for proper gym etiquette. Here we go:
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Ready, Set, Goal!

After the marathon I took a serious break from running for about 2-3 weeks. I did this for two reasons, for one my body really needed the rest. I’ve had IT band issues on and off for the past few years so I’m always conscious of that and during marathon training one of my arches in my foot began to act up badly so I knew my legs needed the down time. The second reason is that I wanted time away from running so that I could miss it. I wanted to feel that sort of itch when you don’t run for a while. I’d been training for so many months and getting miles in simply because it was part of the training plan, I missed genuinely wanting to run for the sake of it and I knew a break would revive that feeling.

After those few weeks off I was definitely ready to get back out on the roads and was able to get some miles in this past weekend, but it’s time to set some new goals. Running a marathon was a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) for me and the longest distance I’ll race.

So how do you set a goal after that?
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