It’s been a while since I have shared anything on with you on here. I have been working hard and training a lot, but I haven’t found much energy to write much this year. I want to get better at that! I hope to at least write here once a month for the rest of the year! Until I get something together for March, here is a little something I wrote for On Running about their ambassador program and really fun event I put on this year:
This fall has been just crazy. I feel like I have spent more time in other beds the past two months than I have in my own. I had some amazing trips got to see family, friends, run a marathon, go to a wedding, attend a work retreat, and house sit for a beautiful home outside the city, but I’ve realized that the living-out-of-a-suitcase-life is not for me. I would literally come home after a weekend away, barely unpack my suitcase before I had to re-pack for my next trip. For me it was totally exhausting and I am quite honestly so surprised I didn’t ever get sick. Continue reading “Up Up and Always Away”
Ah, the 2017 Chicago Marathon, yes. If you have followed my blog since the beginning, you know the Chicago Marathon holds a special place in my heart (last year’s, epic race recap here.) The course holds some of my most memorable race moments and still holds my PR. However, this year, my third time taking on the course, was not quite what I envisioned. It’s taken me a while to process this race and I’ve thought about a lot of things that went wrong, thought about my training, and even questioned if my heart was still in the distance (spoiler, IT IS!) But I am finally ready to get the whole experience down on paper… errr. e-paper. Continue reading “Heartbreak + Moving Forward”
I signed up for the East Bay 510k about two weeks before the race on a whim because I liked the shirt they posted that came with registering. (Yeah, that happened) I hadn’t done any short distances races yet this year and thought I was due for a short and speedy 5k to test my fitness at that level. As it turned out, my marathon training partner and I ended up scheduling our last long training run for the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks the Saturday before, a 20 miler no less. So I knew that my best 5k was not in the cards, but what I wasn’t ready for, was to place in the top three women! Continue reading “Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up”
Oh hey, hi! It’s been a while since I last posted, and really I don’t have any excuses except I really didn’t have much to report on. But after my weekend in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, I have some things to report on! First of all, Vancouver completely blew me away.
Thanks to Lululemon, I was gifted a free entry into its annual half marathon held in Vancouver, BC and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run my first international race and a reason to visit Vancouver.
Race weekend started around 4am Friday morning when I was sleepily waking up for my early flight. My boyfriend, Nick, joined me on this trip across the boarder and went along to cheer me on and visit Vancouver for the first time as well. When we touched ground I was really bummed to see that the rumors were true, and the sky was super hazy as the smoke of forest fires nearby had crept into the air in Vancouver. I know the air quality of Vancouver is said to be one of the best, and I wanted to see the views! It was a bummer that quickly left my mind as I met up with the first of many of my concrete runners crew at the airport to grab a cab together to get downtown. Destination races are so much fun, partly because I get to see my runner friends from all over the country!! Continue reading “International Running Adventures”
60 days ago I wrote down a goal. In fact, I wrote a blog post on it here. But in short, the weekend prior to that post I found myself at the pool in a swimsuit, feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. I was still recovering from a running injury and had just let my fitness go a little and it wasn’t a feeling great about my body. (some people will probably think that I looked just fine, and don’t get me wrong, I looked okay! I just felt uncomfortable and unhappy) So I set down some goals to aim for by the next time I would find myself in a swimsuit. That day is tomorrow and tonight I take off for my week long Caribbean vacation! Continue reading “Results and lies”
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be a part of a special women-only Barry’s Bootcamp class taught by Erica Stenz where lululemon was introducing their “latest and greatest” Enlite bra before the product hit the stores. The week of the class all attendees were required to go to the store for a bra fitting (okay, okay twist my arm lulu!) Upon arrival I was greeted with super helpful associates who helped me find a perfectly fitting bra. And when I say perfectly fitting, I mean it. This bra comes in so many sizes that even my 32D was accommodated perfectly, which is rare. Lulu went above and beyond during the bra fitting and when they told me that not only do I get the bra, but I also got to pick up and entire outfit, my jaw hit the floor.
My first thought after putting it on was that there is no way this bra will be able to keep my girls in place during any high impact workout. It was so soft, comfortable, and I didn’t feel squeezed into it like sausage (why is this how I think bras shouldn’t feel???) But hey! they were giving everyone in the class a free bra, of course I was going to give it a test run.
There is nothing like putting a bra through the true test like wearing it through a Barry’s class where you are dripping sweat, lifting, running, jumping, sprinting, and moving just about every way possible. And let me tell you, this bra really did feel as great during the workout as it did when I was trying it on. I was shocked at how comfortable, yet supportive it felt. I waited a few weeks to write this review because I wanted to see if it really lived up to its “be free to move” motto in workouts like yoga and long distance running outdoors. With most of my bras, I usually had to change styles or types if I was going straight from a yoga class to a run or vice versa because none of my bras are built for both and I always thought packing and using up two bras for one sweat sesh was annoying. Trust, your girl here with the 32D cannot go marathon training in her built-in-bra yoga-top or cute-strappy yoga bra, it’s not cute or comfortable or sustainable (I’m trying to keep the girls perky as long as possible!)
This was a serious winner in every test I put it through. It was consistently comfortable and didn’t chafe during a longer run and I felt free and un-constricted during all the yoga classes I took in it and the crisscross straps in the back are even cute, for a high support bra. Even though it’s $100 price tag almost doubles the price of my old favorite running bra (moving comfort, Juno), I would still recommend this to a friend who is willing to invest in something comfortable and versatile.
*All thoughts are my own and this was an unsolicited review.