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Gratitude During the Good and Bad Times

Good morning! We have so much to discuss now that it has been a month since I recapped the Chicago Marathon. Life is certainly different now that my workouts don’t take up the majority of my time. Actually, life has changed in many ways since I last spoke with all of you. The election results literally made me cry 3 (or more) times on Wednesday…

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2016 Chicago Marathon Race Recap

I did it! I ran my THIRD MARATHON! Marathon running is kind of like having babies (I think? I don’t have kids, but this is what I’ve seen…) because the first marathon is a huge deal. Any marathons after that? Everyone knows you can do it and you don’t get that huge celebration (like the equivalent of a baby shower) beforehand. And that’s totally OK.…

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Ready to Run the 2016 Chicago Marathon!

Warning: stream of consciousness post ahead 😛 My “I just can’t wait to run my third Chicago Marathon” face 😀 My blogging has been inconsistent at best this training cycle and I can come up with a billion and one excuses for why that is. The main reason for why I didn’t write weekly training recaps is that reading other people’s training recaps isn’t interesting to…

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Grateful for the Pacific Northwest 

Hello again! I’m finally back from SIX DAYS in the Pacific Northwest. My time traveling around that new-to-me part of the country was absolutely fantastic. I had my first day back at work yesterday and couldn’t help but think all day about how grateful I am. I’m grateful to have a job that I don’t dread coming back to after 1 full week away. When I…

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Run 10 Feed 10 Chicago is TOMORROW + Other Updates

Good morning! September felt like ages away this summer, but all of a sudden, it’s HERE. There are way too many exciting things happening this month. First off is the Run 10 Feed 10 Chicago race TOMORROW. For those who do not know, I was selected to be a Women’s Health Action Hero this year. This means I have a special discount code for all of you…

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Chicago Marathon 6 Week Countdown

As with most posts these days, it’s been a long time since my last one! I feel that I owe this little blog an update on how training (and my life!) is going. Oksana and I only have (less than) 6 weeks left until the Chicago Marathon! We’ve been training consistently and have felt good on the vast majority of our training runs. I’m so…

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Catching Up

Long time, no talk, huh? It’s been hard to post because my life has been so FULL of (mostly) awesome things. Obviously, the Olympics is one of those awesome things; Andy and I have been watching just about every night! Seeing people achieve their dreams is simply the greatest. This past weekend, I was able to just CHILL for the first time in ages (Andy…

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Overdue Gratitude Friday Post

I have missed writing these Gratitude Friday posts, which I used to put up A LOT more frequently. Gratitude is my favorite thing because it really helps me remember the good things in life, obviously. To me, gratitude is a practice, and right now I am out of practice 😛 (Source) This week, I’m grateful for a lot of things. The first is Pokemon Go,…

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Chicago Marathon Training 2016: Week 7 & Other Recent Happenings

Good morning! How are you guys doing? Life has been pretty great lately. Andy and I got to spend some time with his brother, who was in town from California last week. I took a couple of days off work last week and we went to the zoo and mini golfing! Even more importantly (just kidding), we have been working to catch all the Pokemon 😉…

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2016 Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Race Recap

Last Sunday, I ran the Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half with my cousin, Oksana! The weather was originally supposed to be HOT, but we somehow lucked out with some clouds. At least, the weather seemed to be good… There was a downpour 15-20 minutes after I finished the race, which made my walk to the car a bit unpleasant. I’m grateful that I wasn’t running when the…

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