Done with the Chicago Marathon. Now what?

Hello November!  Cannot believe only two months till the year is over.


It’s been three weeks since the Chicago Marathon.  I think I have recovered.  I’ve been out for a few runs but nothing more than 4 miles.  I really have not had any desire to run.  But once I am out there, it is definitely a different feeling.  The weather has been pleasant in Chicago so I’ve been able to run in shorts and a short sleeve shirt.

Last Saturday I went for a run and it was gorgeous!  A bit deceiving because on my way back it poured like crazy.  I saw my cousin and he offered to give me a ride home.  I had about 1/2 mile to do and was determined to run 5 miles.  And I did!

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On Sunday I went to the outlet mall in Aurora to buy a new Coach purse.  I came home with two.  I checked out the Nike Store and found a Chicago Marathon finisher shirt for about $16.  The price was right, the material feels soft and I love the athletic cut which fits perfect.  Plus, I had a gift card so it was free right?  I ended up buying more stuff than needed there and at Under Armour.  I am going back next week to return a few items.

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I love the Long Roga Shorts from Oiselle.  Yes, even if they did chafe me really bad at the marathon.  I bought another pair but somehow they’re big even though they’re both the same size.  Not cool.

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Thanks to Pinterest something random I did with my kids.

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This past Thursday was a Brooks fun run at Fleet Feet Chicago.  Some of the runners wore costumes.  I ran three miles in 40 degrees weather and it was wonderful.  I had so much fun and I did not care that I got all positive splits (10:11, 10:20, and 11:10).

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Photo credit: Kristin Zajac

What is my plan now that marathon training is over?  Well, I’ve run over 50 half marathons but have never officially trained for one.  Also, I’ve never run one under 2 hours.  You would think that I would have since I’ve been running for quite a few years.  I know it is tough to get out there when it is cold outside so I signed up to be a pacer for the CES Winter Warriors Half Marathon Training Program.  Definitely no excuses at all from me.  My goal is to run the RnR New Orleans Half Marathon under 2 hours.  So I hope you continue to read as I train for my first sub 2 half marathon.


Oh, and not running related but I know I am late to the party here but I am finally watching “Dexter”.  All I can say is “Wow”!  I watched 8 episodes today and cannot wait to watch more tomorrow.

Dexter fan?  What is the best half marathon you’ve run?  Any exciting races this month?

MudLOVE Bracelets Giveway

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is not sponsored or affiliated with MudLOVE.  I am simply sharing some of the extra bracelets I have purchased to support a cause I believe in.

A few weeks ago Carlee wrote a review and did a giveaway for MudLOVE.  I had never heard of the company and became very interested in it.  MudLOVE is a company based in Indiana that sells bands and mugs.  They have partnered up with Water for Good and for every product that is purchased, it provides one week of clean water to someone in need.  What’s not to like?

Of course I wanted to win and I made sure to enter numerous times via Twitter and Instagram.  I did not win but I took advantage of a discount code provided by Carlee to purchase several items for me, some of my friends, and to do a giveaway.


I love my bands.  They’re cute and comfortable.  You can adjust the elastic to fit your wrist.  They’re made from clay that is 100% non-hazardous and the glazes they use are lead-free and non-toxic.  Did I mention that for each one that is purchased, it provides one week of clean water to someone in need?

I am giving four readers the option to win one of the bands pictured below.  To enter, click on the image below where you will be directed to Rafflecopter and enter via leaving a blog post comment, following me on Instagram, commenting on any of my Instagram posts, or tweeting about the giveaway. I am loving this fall weather so I’ve included an extra entry for you.  Good luck!



In case you aren’t one of the four winners, you are still in luck!!  Use code “community” to save 10% off your order!

This giveaway runs through Sunday, November 1st at 11:59pm CT.  Four winners will be selected and notified using the email address listed with their Rafflecopter account.  Entries ARE verified, so please make sure to complete the task or a new winner will need to be selected.  U.S. residents only.