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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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Spartan Winner & Random Ramblings

I’m excited to announce that the winner of this past week’s Spartan Race entry giveaway is Gregory P! He has been notified 🙂  Remember to check out the amazing book, Spartan Fit!, which I reviewed in my last post. You guys can pre-order Spartan Fit! HERE. Again, I REALLY enjoyed the book, despite the fact that I am more of a distance runner than an…

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Chicago Marathon Training 2016: Week 4

I’m so sorry that it’s been such a long time since my last post. Life has been really tiring and hectic lately, but in a good way (for the most part!). It’s also been hard to remember to blog because I couldn’t do so for a couple of weeks – remember when my blog was hacked last month? Sad times. This week, I tacked some PTO onto the…

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Run 10 Feed 10 2016 + Last Week’s Workouts

I told you guys about a month ago that I’m an Action Hero for Women’s Health Magazine. With this amazing opportunity, I am working with Women’s Health to promote the Run 10 Feed 10 race! This 10k race means a lot to me because every race entry goes towards 10 meals for people going hungry in the local community. Chicago’s Run 10 Feed 10 will be…

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Race Against Hate 2016 + Updates Since The Hack

You guys! I’m back, all thanks to my girl, Sara, who FIXED MY WEBSITE. Thank goodness for fantastic friends who are also software engineers. Without Sara, I would have been in a real conundrum. Thanks to Sara, I’m here with a bit of a race recap and some life/blogging updates. Yesterday, Oksana and I ran the Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate 10k in Evanston. This is…

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Bear with us: Mel’s Miles will be back to normal soon!

Hello, dedicated readers! Mel’s running buddy Sara here. You may have noticed something weird happening with Mel’s Miles over the past few days. We were hacked by a massive doxxing attack last week, which apparently affected more than 10,000 WordPress websites. Please stick with us as we address the issue. Lucky for Mel, her race buddy (me!) doubles as a software engineer — so I’m working on getting…

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Chicago Marathon Training 2016: Putting It All Out There

Welcome to the first week of Chicago Marathon training 2016! In my past training cycles, I’ve listed at least 3 goals for the race. After talking about this with a fellow runner at length, I realized that part of the reason why I set multiple goals is to avoid feeling disappointed with myself if I don’t meet my “A goal.” When I don’t meet my…

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Gratitude Friday: I’ve Survived the First Decade of Adulthood Edition

My Timehop app recently displayed an awesome picture of me at the ripe age of 17 (about to turn 18) after my last spring ice show before I graduated high school (remember how I used to be a figure skater?!). I skated my solo to Material Girl by Madonna in a show featuring the top music from the last 30 years. This was one of the…

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SWORKIT + Vanity Talk

Happy Workout Wednesday! I switched up my workouts quite a bit last week because I wanted to try my new app called SWORKIT. As a person who is chronically late, sometimes it’s hard for me to squeeze in a gym session (because I need to drive 10-15 minutes both there and back, AND THEN get ready for work/bed/whatever I’m going to do afterwards). SWORKIT allows…

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