Cinco de Miler Reviewed

Cinco de Miler Reviewed

It was a beautiful, sunny morning last Saturday for Cinco de Miler, Chicago’s only 5-mile race.  Okay, I was a little chilly at the start and that put a bit of a zap on my head. My performance was less than stellar; actually, my time may have even been a personal worse for the distance. However, my own race experience didn’t diminish seeing all the wonderful things this event had to offer. Read more

The Ravenswood Run Reviewed

The Ravenswood Run Reviewed

Sunday was another stop on my Chicago race tour. Since I started coming out here regularly over two and a half years ago, I have been trying to do all the iconic Chicago races. As a tourist, I did the Soldier Field 10, Shamrock Shuffle 8k, the Rock N Roll races, and Chicago Spring Half. Once I moved out here, I added the Chicago (Fall) Half, and started doing some shorter races favored more by locals (Bucktown 5k, Pumpkins in the Park). This past weekend it was the Ravenswood Run. Read more

Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle 8k Reviewed

Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle 8k Reviewed

This should have been published last week, but I was goofing off for Spring Break.

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle just celebrated its 40th year. And I was proud to be part of it! I first ran it 2 years ago, but this was my first as a Chicago resident. Working at Fleet Feet Chicago I was feeling the buzz about the event for weeks. Read more

The benefits of being “a dog person”

The benefits of being “a dog person”

I have a dog. I didn’t always have a dog. Actually, until I was 10, our family pet was no more than a goldfish. Then my parents allowed me to adopt a kitten. That was it though. They liked to travel and a cat allowed for more flexibility. Plus, a cat didn’t need to be walked at all hours of the day in all kinds of weather. Read more

Four ways to make the best of the treadmill

Four ways to make the best of the treadmill

This has been a tough week. It’s cold AF in Chicago.

I started a part-time job a week ago at the running retailer Fleet Feet Chicago. Since then we had some sort of snow every day. Plows and salt are barely making a dent. Nothing is melting. The temperature hasn’t risen above freezing in well over a week. This morning it was minus 21. Yes, that’s Fahrenheit. And yes, that’s the actual temperature. The wind chill was said to be about -53.

And yet we run. Read more