This is not a joyful marathon recap

chicago marathon finish simply social blog

I had visions of what this post might say when I shared my goal of running my first full marathon with you back in January. Would I be joyful and happy, still reeling from the runner’s high I got as I crossed the finish line? Or would I be able to write it at all, […]

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Perks of a taper week

pumpkin bread streusel topping

Happy marathon week to all you runners out there! For those of you not running a marathon it’s likely you are either getting married or watching others get married this weekend. After all, the second weekend of October is typically celebrated one of these two ways. A small percentage of you have nothing more than […]

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Running on my nerves

bank of america chicago marathon countdown clock

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I know I say that at the beginning of most of my posts and then ramble on and on and on but I’m going to really try to give it my all. Speaking of giving my all, my first full marathon is rapidly approaching. If you need me […]

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My IT is BS

First and foremost let me apologize for freaking everyone out with my sappy blog post last week. It was not my intention to incite phone calls and well-being checks from family and friends, although I do appreciate the concern. I’ve always tried to be honest in this space and being honest meant telling you that […]

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Prayer and Gratitude

I wanted to come back from my blog vacation and share with you the beautiful wedding of Claire and Ian, complete with a breathtaking view of the 18th hole at Torrey Pines, La Jolla sunsets and the chatter of friends and family. Or the unique ways that Austin gets into your soul and makes you […]

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Running Shoe Polygamy

swiss mountain dog saucony ride running shoe

I must admit, my blogging life is taking a hit as of late, both in content and in frequency. Trust me, I feel awful about it. Please accept my sincerest apology for my lack of blog effort over these past several weeks. I wish I could offer you a baked good in solace, but then […]

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The perks of a long weekend

incredibly delicious vanilla strawberry cake, thumbprint cookies, young house love book, blueberry lemon poppyseed scones

Bet you didn’t think Tuesday could feel like a Monday, did ya? Neither did I but here it is. The dreaded post-Labor Day Tuesday that feels like a Monday. At least we’re all in it together. Well, except for those smart people who took the whole week off. But they’ll be right there with us […]

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An 8 mile running tour

Chicago running tour sites

I wrote this post on my run last night. Pretty impressive huh? And you thought texting while walking without incident was an accomplishment. You’ll understand how I managed this in a minute. As you probably know by now, I’m less than 2 months out from my first marathon. I know you probably think I’m crazy […]

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On new beginnings…

sunrise lake michigan chicago running

I was going to write this post about chicken tostadas. About making the most of the awesome weather we’ve finally been having here in Chicago and using your grill for a whole meal. Chicken tostadas with grilled corn, fresh guacamole, and homemade salsa based off of this Cooking Light recipe.  But I got too hungry and rushed […]

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Running, Rock n’ Roll and Rap

Do you ever have those weekends so jam-packed with fun activities that you wish you could spread them out over the entire month so you wouldn’t have to shove them all into one blog post? Yeah me too. You may be wondering why I am referencing this past weekend on a Wednesday and not my […]

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