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I ran 10 miles tonight. So. Freaking. Happy. It was my first 10-miler post surgery. I’m not gonna lie, I was hurtin’ the last 3 miles. But I’m so glad I convinced myself not to give up and to keep going. I might be limping around Chicago the rest of the week, but I’m alright with that ; ).

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running is a gift


Nike always seems to get it right.

Last year Antonio and I ran in a 5k for kids with cerebral palsy. The shirts they gave out for the race said, “run because you can.” I just love that. It’s so true though. During the half marathon last weekend, I was running next to a woman pushing her son in a wheel chair. When you see things like that, how can you not feel so grateful for the gift of running? Running has given me more confidence, drive and happiness than almost anything in my life.

Speaking of the half marathon, I couldn’t be happier with my time. I ran it in 1:44.30. My goal was under 1:45 so I was ecstatic. My sister surprised me and came home from law school to watch my race. Such a sweet surprise. : )

P.S. I’m officially back at it!! I’ve been such a slacker at blogging lately and my goal this week is to get back into the groove of things. Life has been so crazy lately: work, run, work, run. Let’s be honest – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I never thought the day would come.  I’ve finally accepted the fact that I will never have those skinny stick-thin model legs.  No matter how much I run, don’t run, lift, or don’t lift, eat, or don’t eat.  (Let’s be real:  I love food way too much to stop eating so I guess we’ll never know if that would work).  I’m happy to say that I’ve embraced my muscular runner’s legs and have grown to not only love them, but to be proud of them.

Mind you, I might  have a slight change of heart when it’s fall again and I can’t fit into 90% of the cute riding boots I want because of my ridiculous calves; but for now, it’s summer and I fully intend on wearing the little lace shorts I’m obsessed with and rocking mini dresses without a care in the world.

P.S. I leave for Portugal in less than 2 weeks and I couldn’t be more excited!


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motivation monday


So I know it’s summertime here but this applies to any weather that you hate working out in – whether it’s snow, rain, the heat or the freezing cold. I have to remind myself of this quote every time it’s ridiculously hot out or raining this summer. “Bad weather” isn’t a good enough reason to slack off – it’s an excuse.

“I can’t run because it’s raining out.”
Some mornings I’ll wake up early to go for a run and I’ll hop right back in bed if it’s raining. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I even hope it’s raining so that I have a reason to get back in bed. The truth is, I always end up soaking wet in sweat anyways, so who cares if it’s raining?! In fact, I ran last week in the rain and it actually felt refreshing. (I’m not talking crazy thunder and lightning storms, just light showers.) Bring a zip block baggie if you need to carry your phone and wear light clothes that won’t absorb too much water and drag you down. I promise, you won’t melt. : )

“It’s way too hot out to run.”
Okay – this might be true sometimes. Perfect example: two weeks ago we had a crazy heat wave in the city. It was disgustingly humid and well over 90 degrees each day. I was being stubborn (and stupid) one day and decided to run to my softball game five miles away. I thought I’d be fine – I was chugging water all day and I ate a great lunch so I’d definitely have the energy, right? Well unfortunately the heat got the best of me. I got lost in the middle of Fairmount Park and had to call Antonio to come pick me up. I was so dizzy that I could barely read the street signs and at one point I think I almost blacked out. That’s just plain stupid. While the heat may prevent you from running during the day or after work, there is no reason why you can’t wake up an hour earlier and get in a workout before the sun comes up!

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motivation monday


I love this Bill Rodgers quote because it’s so true. Nothing inspires me more than getting passed by an eighty year old man in the middle of a race and looking up only to see a girl with a prosthetic limb powering along. Anyone can be a runner. Don’t get discouraged if you’re just starting out and can barely run for 2 minutes without having an athsma attack; trust me, I’ve been there. You will get past that stage. It might hurt for a few weeks, or even a few months, but trust me – you will get there.

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