Run to Play: Training for Travel

While “summer” in Chicago is probably the only time you’ll have consistent enough weather to train for a marathon outside, the more consistent weather also makes these months the best time to travel to and from Chicago (I say “summer” because we really only have 2 months of nice weather). With weekend trips, weddings, family…

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Run to Play: Do It For the Kids

The phrase “do it for the kids” evokes a few different things for me. This saying often ends up being the rationale for people’s misguided causes, like when a gaggle of grownups tried to get Harry Potter banned from libraries and schools when it was first released. They thought magic was bad for children or something, but…

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Run to Play: Motivation is a Finite Resource

Being the over-analyzer I am, it’s no surprise I gravitated toward psychology in college. Not to sound like a total nerd, but I really really loved my psych classes (well.. the learning parts, not the essay, test, and presentation parts). My favorite (yup, favorite) branch of psychology is cognitive, which focuses on mental processes, including…

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Pre-training: Running Is Hard

So pre-training isn’t a real phrase because if you’re training for something, you’re doing so before the event, thus prior to, thus ‘pre’. But anyway, as soon as I joined Urban Initiatives’ Chicago Marathon Team (see Thoughts On “Getting Involved”) I started my “pre-training”. Basically, I started running around like my life depended on it.…

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Pizza Files: Episode 6 – The Joy of Pi

Since we’re through 3.14159265359 days out 7 for the week (though probably closer to 4 by the time I finish this post), it seemed like the perfect time to talk about Pi. Fortunately for you I’m not talking about the number (aka the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) or else this would…

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Tour: The most important album & show of the year

The title of this post is a tad dramatic, and bold considering we aren’t even halfway through 2015, but if you’re still able to get tickets to a nearby performance I would recommend doing so immediately. Before I actually go into the new album and concert, I feel I need to give some background on…

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Books ‘N’ Breakfast: The Devil and Unicorn Blood French Toast

I’ve always been a fan of the macabre. I’ve watched more crime shows than any person needs to see, I love zombie flicks, horror movies, mostly anything Halloween-y, and in high school Macbeth was my favorite Shakespeare play (because most high schoolers have a “favorite” Shakespeare play – NERD ALERT). It’s no wonder why The…

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Thoughts On “Getting Involved” (Spoiler Alert: I’m Running a Martahon)

When I started writing this post I went on a rambling tangent about your 20’s being a great, yet uncertain, time in one’s life, and that as a 20-something I need to find meaning and direction blah blah blah, but that’s not what this post is really about. What it’s about is the importance of…

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Sink | Swim: Not Your Parent’s Seafood Restaurant

I should preface this post by saying I know very little about seafood. I’ve been to seafood restaurants before, and I cook fish for myself, but I’m definitely not well-versed on the edibles of the sea – for which I have two justifications. First and foremost, I was an insufferably picky eater growing up, and…

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Books ‘n’ Breakfast: Bennison’s with a side of Bukowski

There’s nothing like having a great cup of coffee with (insert favorite breakfast food here) and a good book, to start your day. Granted, I don’t actually get to do that unless it’s the weekend or I’m on vacation, but I fully plan on doing so everyday when I retire in like 40 years. During…

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