Where I’ve Been

Back in February, after D passed away, I decided to take some time away from blogging, and to focus more on talking with my friends or journaling when things were weighing on my mind. It turned out to be a good decision, and both friends and journals have helped me immensely along the road to healing.

However, in the 5 months since my last post, I’ve done some amazingly awesome things, and I’m a little bummed to not have blogged about some of them.

Before I write my next post, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on where I’ve been the past several months.


  • Celebrated what would have been D’s 30th b-day by going ice skating and eating at his favorite restaurant. (The best part of this was that we had the same waitress we had the first night we ate there together, and she remembered him. When I explained why I was there, she brought out a dessert with a candle in it in his honor).
  • Volunteered at the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.
  • Made my morning news debut, in which I pitched a summer writing camp for kids.
  • Saw the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild and lose to the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Playoffsphoto (15)
  • Ran the Soldier Field 10 Miler, the race D and I had planned to run together and he promised me we’d finish together. I held up that promise by running with his bib on my back and crossing the 50 yard line with him right behind me. 581852_735141528652_330834795_n


  • Began training for my first Chicago Marathon, which I decided to run with Team Make-a-Wish
  • Attended my first-ever country concert, and was enamored by Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Also got to see an opening act named Cole Swindell
  • Went to a Jake Peavy fundraiser concert, where I got to meet aforementioned Cole Swindell, pose for a picture with Ryan Chiaverini, and feel like a groupie for a White Sox player for a night. photo (14)
  • Watched the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup and celebrated in the streets of Chicago


  • Saw Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls at Ravinia
  • Made a trip up to Milwaukee for Summerfest
  • Celebrated the Stanley Cup Champions at the Blackhawks parade998334_744652184222_2040036819_n 946801_744652418752_1919882291_n (1)
  • Ran the Home Team Charity Run 10k and finished on U.S. Cellular Field
  • Ran the Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon
  • Helped 12 apsiring young authors write and publish their own fantasy novels


  • Ran my first out-of-country race after completing the Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon582275_10102937118577643_1378583359_n
  • Crossed off three new countries after visiting Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands
  • Ate and drank my way through Europe
  • Crossed off a life’s list item of having someone dedicate a book to me. 1235033_766995882272_1878920838_n


  • Ran the Bucktown 5k
  • Met Stan Mikita and got to walk on the field at U. S. Cellular during his interview with Gene Honda
  • Attended the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival
  • Blew my 5K PR out of the water at the Mad Dash to Madison
  • Successfully completed my Ready to Run 20 Miler1236220_767640340772_1230895162_n
  • Flew to Minnesota to celebrate my nephew’s 2nd B-day.


  • Attended the Blackhawks home opener and banner raising ceremony 1274396_770162147052_1379601053_o
  • Joined my first ever fantasy hockey league


  • Running the Chicago Marathon
  • Reaching my Team Make-a-Wish Fundraising Goal
  • Continuing to chase my dream of taking a picture with the Stanley Cup
  • More surprises, races, and adventures.

Despite this year containing one of the lowest lows, this past summer and early fall has also balanced out with some of the highest highs. I am grateful for all the experiences I’ve had, and for the fact that life really does seem to even out in the end.

I still have some catching up to do with Life’s List Items, race recaps (which will likely never get written), and new personal goals. But really, I just want to say that I’m still alive, and still trying to live life to its fullest.


If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Harder: Ice Skating Edition

One of the reasons I started this blog was to become more aware of the things I want to accomplish or experience in my life, and to be better about making these things happen for myself.

Well, this weekend I had the perfect example of how I’m getting better at making things happen.

It all started back in October, when I first found out about the Hockey City Classic coming to Chicago. The main event was going to be two really great college hockey matchups, played on an ice rink inside Soldier Field. But along with the games were going to be a bunch of other cool events, including two days of free public skate.

Now, let me back up and explain my strange obsession with ice skating. I am not a great skater. I’m good, but not great. I think I just like to pretend I’m better than I am. I still remember my first time on the ice – it was when I was 6 years old, for the birthday party of one of the girls in my ballet class. I was a little wobbly at first, but by the end of the party, my parents had to literally drag me off the ice. Shortly thereafter, my parents signed me up for beginner’s skating lessons – something I am fairly confident I would have stuck with, had it not taken my mom 45 minutes in traffic each week to drive me to the rink. I completed my “pre-alpha” skating class, got a special patch, and, much to my dismay, that was the end of my skating career.

I’m pretty sure my patch had this Franklin Park Ice Arena penguin on it.

Fast forward about 8 or 9 years later, when I was in high school. A friend of mine and I began having weekly Friday night sleepovers, in which most weeks we would have her dad drive us to the Polar Dome ice rink for open skate. Each week, we’d get there early, catch the end of a hockey practice, then skate around ogling the hockey players until the rink closed and my friend’s dad came to pick us up.

Anyone else remember going here, despite how creepy it was in retrospect?

During those years, I got a lot better at skating, though I still wasn’t ever able to stop without crashing into the boards. I was always watching the hockey boys doing their stops, ice spraying everywhere. Someday I would learn to do a hockey stop. It went onto My Life’s List (back when it was still handwritten in a notebook). But in the meantime, I’d just skate whenever I got the chance.

The chance to skate didn’t come all that often. Just a few times in college, arranged by the dorm RAs, and later when I worked across the street from Millennium Park and I would keep a pair of skates at my desk to use during my lunch break when I could find enough time to get away. But my dreams of being a great skater never really went away, and any time there’s an opportunity to skate someplace fun, I always want to do it.

Back to Present Day
So, here we are, back in the present day. I find out about the open skate at Soldier Field, and I want to be a part of it. I sign myself up for the Hockey City Classic mailing list, and wait patiently for details. Oddly enough, right around the time I get an email about the free passes Office Max will be giving out, I also happen to have met a special someone whose love for skating even greater than mine. (A hockey player, no less). It’s perfect! I’m going to not only get to ice skate at Soldier Field, but I will have someone to do it with who will be just as excited about it as I am. (Let’s call him Hockey Guy).

The day of the skating pass giveaway comes and goes. And it completely slipped my mind. I missed my shot!

At first, it doesn’t bother me too much. I’ve already skated a couple times at a couple different rinks this winter, and I’m okay with not getting passes.

But as the date gets closer, I find myself regretting it more and more. So, I start to look for other ways to get tickets. Someone is bound to be getting rid of some. Some person who maybe snagged some for free looking to make a profit. Or someone who just can’t go, and wants them to be put to good use. I can ensure they are put to use.

Late one night, I find out I’ve secured a pair of tickets. I’m pumped! It’s for Monday morning, so I tell Hockey Guy about the tickets, and we both plan to take Monday off work. We’re going to have a whole fun day off together, skating and hanging out downtown.

And then the bomb hits. The person who was giving me the tickets put them in the mail. The USPS. In Chicago. Anyone who lives in Chicago and has ever needed something to come in the mail probably knows where this is heading.

The tickets were mailed Monday afternoon. A week before the event. Wednesday comes, then Thursday. No tickets. They have to be here by Friday, right? Nope.

So all day Saturday, I sit in my apartment, stalking the mail lady, waiting for my last chance.

Stalking the mail lady

Stalking the mail lady

Finally she arrives. I throw on some shoes and run downstairs.

No tickets!

At this point, I’m heartbroken. I’m angry. I’m disappointed. I’m dreading telling Hockey Guy that I’ve let him down.

For the rest of the day, I mope around, being mad at myself for dropping the ball not once, but twice on this. I should have tried harder. My whole mantra since starting this blog is supposed to be, “If you want to do something, make it happen. Don’t just sit around waiting for it to happen to you.” I sat around. I waited ’til the last minute. And I failed.

However, after the pity party I threw for myself all day Saturday, I woke up on Sunday with a better attitude. Somewhere between motivation and desperation, I started up my computer, went to Craigslist, and found a 6-day old post from someone who had 6 tickets for skating at Soldier Field.

I took a deep breath and started my email. Hi, there. I know this has been posted for a while, but is there any chance you still have any of the ice skating passes left…

Closed eyes. Hit send. Here goes nothing.

And a few hours later, there’s a reply in my inbox! She still has four tickets available. If I want two of them, I can meet her in Bucktown and pick them up today!

Trying hard not to get too excited, just in case something falls through a third time, I get in my car and drive down to the Starbucks at North and Damen. Not too long after, I have the tickets in my hand!

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Not only am I going skating at Soldier Field, but these are a better time slot, and were cheaper than the original ones that never came in the mail.

I made things happen for myself. And it paid off.

We ended up having an awesome day, and skating on Soldier Field was incredible.





Follow Up: In case you were wondering, I did manage to get a refund for the tickets that never came. And yes, Hockey Guy has agreed to teach me how to hockey stop so I can cross it off my list. I’ve already had one lesson, but it may require several more. Stay tuned.

January Monthly Update

How is it the last day of January already? This month has been a whirlwind. It’s a good thing though. January tends to be a hard month for me, but this year it’s been the best month I’ve had in a long time.

However, my blogging tends to suffer when things are good, because while I have a lot to write about, I have very little time to do it.

Anyway, here’s a quick recap.

Races Run – 0. For the first time in over a year!

Races Registered For – 3.

Miles Run – 10.7

Visits to the Gym – 10

Books Read – 1.5

Life’s List Items Crossed Off – 0, but one’s in the works (Learning to do a hockey stop on ice. One lesson down, but it may be a several lesson undertaking)

Ice Skating Outings – 2

Goals from January: Status Update

  • Cut back on drinking.Done! Offically had more non-drinking days than drinking days this month!
  • Go to the gym at least 20 times. – Failed.
  • Host an Iron Chef potluck. Complete! (I had intended to blog about this, but clearly never got around to it.)Image
  • Survive what will likely be my craziest month ever at work.Complete! And it was less crazy than anticipated. 
  • Start playing on my Skeeball league (I hope this one doesn’t conflict with goals #1 and #2) – Done! Last week was the Meet and Greet. First game it tonight!
  • Cook more meals at home.Done! Thanks to a little help from a good influence in my life. :)

January Highlights

  • Mom’s Surprise Party
  • Playing with my nephew


  • Both indoor and outdoor ice skating
  • Guinness Beer Dinner
  • Bulls Game
  • Brunches with several different friends I haven’t seen in a while.
  • Initial planning phase of my August Euro-trip. (more to come)
  • Watching all three Mighty Ducks movies back-to-back
  • Hosting a successful Iron Chef party
  • Meeting people who clearly are meant to be a part of my life.
  • Being the happiest I’ve been in a long time.

Goals for February

  • Visit my college roommate in Galena
  • Go skiing
  • Keep working on my hockey stopping abilities
  • Start running more
  • Continue going to the gym
  • Work out 3-4 days a week
  • Continue eating more meals at home
  • See a concert in Milwaukee with an old friend
  • Attend the Chicago Running Bloggers Beer Run
  • Start the CARA 6 Series running group
  • Read at least 2 books


Yesterday was the Chicago Half Marathon, and as I mentioned in my previous post, a day of many goals I set for myself.

Well, I am happy to report that all in all, the day was a success.

Here’s a quick recap.

Goal 1 – Finish with a PR. 
Status: Incomplete

This was the one goal I was most worried about meeting, because after the Disneyland half last Sunday, and the Cookie Classic 5K on Saturday, I was getting fatigued. The 5K was much more difficult than it should have been, mentally and physically, and those three little miles got me all worked up over doing 13 the following day.

The weather was on my side, though, and I was running with my friend Amanda – the one person I actually can run with. So, I knew she’d push me to keep going and help pace me.

Amanda and me at the start line

I started the race with the mindset of just having a good race that I felt happy about in the end, and I was ready to give up the PR aspirations.  I checked my watch throughout the course, but didn’t really worry too much about the PR. It wasn’t until mile 11 that I realized I COULD still PR, but I’d really have to push it for those last 2 miles.

I told Amanda I wanted to go for it, and then took off.

And, man, I was so close. I ended up missing the PR by 9 seconds. I really do think I could have done it if I pushed just a little harder earlier on in the race, but all things considered, I am very pleased with the result.

However, it just makes me even more impressed with my Disneyland time. Yesterday I pretty much ran nonstop, with the exception of some water stations; at Disney I stopped for photos and the bathroom. So I must have been maintaining a really nice pace at Disney.

Goal #2: Complete the Windy City 26.2 Challenge
Status: Achieved. 

I successfully completed both the 13.1 Chicago (miserably) and the Chicago Half (feeling good). So, after the race, I got to collect my special bonus medal and wore it with pride.

Goal #3: Run with Open Books and reach my fundraising goal. 
Status: Incomplete. 

I’ve secured a few more donations yesterday, but I still have a bit more to go to reach my goal. I still have until the 26th to secure donations, so I hope to get some last-minute stragglers in the next week or two.

If you want to help, you can do so by visiting my fundraising page.

Don’t you want to support these good lookin’ runners? It’s for the love of literacy!


Goal #4: Qualify for the Half Fanatics
Status: Achieved. 

It’s a silly thing, but if I’m gonna do crazy things like run half marathons in back-to-back weekends, it’s nice to know there are other crazies out there like me. Plus, it’s just kinda cool to say, I”m a Half Fanatic.

Goal #5:  Qualify for a CARA Participation Award.
Status: Achieved

The Chicago Half Marathon was my 10th CARA certified race of the year. That means I am now eligible for a CARA participation Award!

The reason I am so excited about this is because I know I am too slow to win any other award. I’ll never get a prize for being fast, but if I can get one for over-committing myself, well, by golly, I’ll do it!

Bonus Goal: Beat the one person I wanted to beat.
Status: Achieved. 

When I run, I tend to only want to be competitive with myself. But every once in a while there is one other person I set as a goal to beat. I picked my competition for Sunday, and I beat the goal by a long shot. That makes me happy.

I also beat the former Biggest Loser, so that’s good, too.

All these things also helped me achieve crossing 12 things off my List this year, so I consider the day a huge success, and also a big contribution to a successful year.

What’s Next?

I’m sure if you know me at all, you’re asking yourself, “What’s next?”

Well, of course I always have to have about 15 projects going on at a time, so while I want to kind of scale back with my running, it’s not all over yet. Here are some of the upcoming things on my plate:

  • Still maintain the one race a month goal. (Although this time I’m going to try to keep it to ONLY one race a month.)
  • Run with my nephew in MN for his first birthday, and cross off a new race state.
  • The Monster Dash, which I was peer-pressured into signing up for at the Chicago Half expo. (Okay, that’s a lie; it didn’t take any pressure at all, and I’ve been considering that one since last year when I unofficially ran it during a training run. Plus, it’ll be my one October race.)
  • Cut back on running and sign up for the gym, FINALLY.
  • Focus on the strength training I’ve been neglecting.
  • Get yoga back in my life.
  • Read more books.
  • Take a class or learn something new.

Tomorrow is a Very Big Day

Tomorrow is a big day for me.

Exactly one year ago, I was sitting here nervously awaiting my very first half marathon. I was running the Chicago Half Marathon for Open Books, terrified because I had never run that far before. Now, one year later, I half 5 half marathons and a full marathon under my belt. I have run 18 races in 2012 alone.

Tomorrow, as the anniversary of my first half, will be a celebratory day.

Me, less than a year ago, before I had ever run a half marathon.

It will also be a day that I will hopefully accomplish several goals I have set for myself. I think I have a good chance at accomplishing most of them, but I could still use some positive thoughts sent my way.

Tomorrow I hope to:

  • Finish the Chicago Half Marathon, with a PR. (This is one goal I am especially nervous about, because I am afraid I used up my PR energy last weekend at Disney.)
  • Complete the Windy City Challenge, by finishing both the Allstate 13.1 and the Chicago Half Marathon.
  • Support Open Books by running with Team Bookin’ It, and reaching my fundraising goal.
  • Qualify for the Half Fanatics by running two half marathons (in two different states!) in 8 days.
  • Earn my CARA Participation Award by running my 10th CARA Certified race this year.

And, if I accomplish those things, I will also be able to cross the 11th and 12th items from My Life’s List, reaching my goal of crossing off 12 things in 2012.

All ready to go, for Half Marathon #6.

See you at the finish line!

Surprise! I registered for another race.

Okay, maybe it’s not such a surprise, but I registered for my August race, in my race-a-month-for-a-year goal. I will be running the Chicago 10K!

I don’t really know much about this race, other than the distance is perfectly timed for my Chicago Half Marathon training cutback week, that you get a sweet medal, and I got a $10 off discount code.

I’m actually pretty excited, because I’ve never actually run a 10k before, and I have a feeling I’m really going to love the distance.

I just need to register for races in October, November, and December, and my year is covered!


Why It Seems I Only Post About Running

For those very few of you who have been following my blog since before my running craze, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Why does she only ever write about running? I thought this was a bucket list blog!” Well, you’re right, this IS a bucket list blog. I started this blog as a way to keep track of my Life’s List online, and to hold myself more accountable for crossing things off that list. I also wanted it to be a way to track my progress and reflect on the process of accomplishing the goals I’ve set for myself.

In that respect, this is still very much a bucket list blog. It just happens that many of the items I am working on this year are running related.

And I hate to say it, but it’s not going to end any time soon.

Right now I am 5 items in to my 12 Things in 2012, and so far two of them have been running related.  And although I don’t really predetermine which 12 things I am going to accomplish each year, I can already tell you that I am on my way toward several more…most of which also relate to running.

Here are a few of the things I am working toward right now…

  • Earn my Coast-to-Coast medal by running a race in both Disney World and Disneyland in the same calendar year.
  • Run a race a month for an entire year. (Current count: January – 1;  February – 1; March – 2:, April – 3; May – 1 down, 1 to go.)
  • Earn the CARA participation award for running 10 CARA certified races in a year. (5 down, 5 to go.)
  • Complete the Windy City Challenge, by running the 13.1 and the Chicago Half Marathon in the same summer. (Registered for both.)
  • Qualify for the Half Fanatics, which I hope to do by running the Disneyland half and the Chicago half back-t0-back weekends this September.
  • Run the Muddy Buddy race. (Currently registered.)

So, with all the posts about running random races, I haven’t lost sight of the real purpose of this blog…to set goals for myself and work toward making them happen.

I think the difference with running compared to other items on my list, such as travel or life milestones, is that running takes preparation. It requires training and dedication. And lately, it’s become more of a journey than a destination.

Sometimes I just need to write about that journey to remind myself I am making progress.

But never fear, because I have a few other non-running things on the agenda coming soon. So stay tuned.

April Check-In

Well, here we are, at the end of April. As much as I want to complain about the weather, I feel like having 80-degree days in March should cancel out the fact that I hate having to wear a coat on my birthday in April.

One of my favorite nights this month!

Anyway, April flew by this month, and  I can hardly believe it’s over. However, I did accomplish a lot, so here’s my April check-in for you all.

Life’s List Items Crossed Off: 2. A Sub-30 5K (YAY!!!!) and one other surprise you’ll get to read about soon!

Miles Run: 46. Much better than last month!

Races Run: 3 – Bunny Rock 5K, Home Team Charity Run, and the Lakefront 10 Miler

Upcoming Races:

  • 5/12 – Move for the Kids
  • 5/26 – Soldier Field 10 Mile
  • 6/2 – The Color Run
  • 6/9 – Chicago 13.1 (Thanks to Kim!)
  • 9/2 – Disneyland Half Marathon
  • 9/9 – Chicago Half Marathon

Even though I will be at well over 12 races this year, I am still shooting for a race a month. Still need something for July, August, October, November, and December. And I’m hoping for some of those to be CARA certified.

And speaking of CARA…

CARA Races Participation Award Update: 4 down, 6 to go. (Still need to sign up for 3 more)

Books Read: 3. Not great, but I’m still on track for my Goodreads Challenge.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Cary has
read 17 books toward her goal of 50 books.

Accomplishments for April:

  • Graduated from physical therapy.
  • Completed the Lakefront 10, pain-free!
  • Got my hair cut.
  • Celebrated my birthday with good friends and good food.
  • Saw Snow Patrol at the Aragon.
  • Video-chatted with my nephew for the first time. Well, I chatted, he bounced in his bouncy-seat.

Goals for May

  • Work out more regularly.
  • Train for and complete the Soldier Field 10 Mile.
  • Create a curriculum for a reading program at work that I am really proud of.
  • Clean my apartment. Really clean it.
  • Use my Groupon for fondue before it expires.
  • Stop being so hard on myself and use my tendancies to overanalyze everything I do and how it could have been better to make positive changes, instead of just beating myself up.
  • Continue to do my therapy exercises at least 3x a week, even though I’m no longer meeting with my PT.
  • Volunteer for Mayfest.
  • Book flights to California.
  • Keep on track for my Goodreads goal.
  • Recruit at least one runner for Team Bookin It, and reach the $300 mark in my Half Marathon Fundraising by the end of the month. (Click here to join my team, or to help with fundraising!)

Why This Birthday Has Me Freaking Out

I love birthdays. I’ve always loved them. I was one of those kids who loved bringing birthday treats to school. As an adult, I don’t mind when my birthday falls during the week, because I can celebrate on my birthday, and again over the weekend. In fact, I pretty much get to celebrate the entire month of my birthday because of all the free birthday coupons I get from places like Starbucks, Noodles & Co, Baskin Robbins, and virtually every other birthday mailing list there is.

But last year the birthday thing started to get a little weird. I was turning 30 and had grand hopes of going with my closest friends to Napa for a wine country trip. However, my plans were foiled when pretty much all the friends I was hoping could come with me were all pregnant at the same time. As much as I was happy for them, I was pretty bummed that we were getting to a point where babies and pregnancies are starting to become more important than our own adult birthdays. And then there’s that whole biological clock thing, which I just wasn’t ready to address.

So what did I do instead? I hopped on a plane with my boyfriend and headed to Ireland, strategically planning our flight so I officially turned 30 over the Atlantic. Getting older doesn’t count if you’re not on land, right?

A really terrible photo of me with my complimentary birthday prosecco courtesy of Aer Lingus

So now here we are a year later, and I’m about to turn 31. I don’t feel 31. I still feel too young to have friends who have not one, but several kids. Or to have friends who own houses in the suburbs and spend their weekends doing landscaping and home repairs. I want those things, but in my head I still have all the time in the world.

However, it finally hit me the other day that maybe I don’t have all the time in the world.

Living my life focused on my Life’s List in a lot of ways has made me believe you can accomplish anything if you try hard enough. It doesn’t matter if you’re too slow, too old, have asthma, are inexperienced, or are scared to do it. I’ve been able to use my Life’s List as inspiration to do all sorts of things I didn’t think I could do, and it started to make me feel invincible.

But it turns out, I’m not.

I’ll skip over some of the obvious things you physically can’t do once you hit a certain age, and instead share the one thing that really was the big blow to me this week.

One of the things I have always wanted to do, when the time is right, is to live abroad for a year. Ideally, in Ireland, but I have a whole list of countries I’d want to spend a year in at some point.

Of course, the responsible girl in me doesn’t just want to quit everything here and go overseas without a plan. I want to know I’ll be there legally for the duration of the time, and maybe even have some sort of income while I’m there. So for years I’ve been looking into programs for working abroad. Unfortunately, many of them don’t have options in my choice countries, or if they do, they only hire people with European Union passports. “No Americans Allowed.”

However, I recently found a really great organization called BUNAC that offers work and volunteer abroad programs in all my favorite places. I was pumped, and I signed up for their brochure.

That’s when the bomb dropped.

So, even the Republic of Ireland considers 31 as “too old” for some things.

While I know this program wasn’t my last and only option to someday make my dream come true, it was a huge blow to me. It was the first time I saw, in writing, that I am officially prohibited from something because I am too old for it, And it’s only going to happen more as I get older. I can feel as young as I want in my head and in my heart, but when it comes down to it, there are some cases where that birthdate on your passport is the only thing that matters.

I think right now I am at a point where I am trying to reconcile the two ends of spectrum. On one side, I believe “age is just a number” and I have all the time in the world.  On the other side, I need to remember that we’re all human, life is short, and you can’t wait around forever for things to work out. Sometimes there truly is a window of opportunity and you can’t let it shut before you’re ready.

I’d like to think that I will keep going about my life, finding ways to overcome these little roadblocks in the way of what I want to accomplish.

But what about you? What have done despite being too old/too young/too big/too small? Have you done something even after you thought your window was gone? I’d love to hear it.

March Check-In

March went by even faster than February did. Maybe it was the spring and even summer-like weather we had that made time fly. It was also full of running-related adventures (though not much actual running – more race registrations and therapy sessions), St. Patrick’s Day fun, and finally getting out of the house to see friends and drink beers on patios.

Here’s a quick recap of the month.

Life’s List Items Crossed Off: 1 – Riverdance!

Miles Run: 22.75 – Better than last month, but still working on increasing my mileage while avoiding more knee pains

Races Run (or partially run): 2 – Get Lucky 7K and the Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Races Registered For: I can’t even keep track anymore. Here’s my upcoming race calendar to date.

  • 4/7 – Bunny Rock 5K
  • 4/28 – Lakefront 10 Miler (free entry from CARA raffle)
  • 5/26 – Soldier Field 10 Miler
  • 6/2 – The Color Run
  • 9/2 – Disneyland Half Marathon
  • 9/9 – Chicago Half Marathon

Books Read: 1 – I was pretty bad this month about reading. I started at least 4 different books and didn’t finish any of them. Instead, I spent a lot of my reading time listing to One-Minute Irish podcasts, watching every episode of Downton Abbey at least once, and watching NCAA basketball games to check on my March Madness brackets. I hope to get back to reading more in April.

Accomplishments for March:

  • Started physical therapy for my knee.
  • Tried to learn a little bit of Irish using the One Minute Irish podcasts mentioned above
  • Attended a homemade pasta class through Dabble.
  • Watched my NCAA bracket make it into first place. It probably won’t stay there through the weekend, but I currently have all four Final Four teams in it, so I still have a fighting chance!
  • Registered for a workout package at Indigo Studio in my office building, and so far I have taken two classes there.
  • Hung out with my adorable nephew and my sister when they were in town earlier this month.

I did not make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day this year, and currently still have uncooked corned beef in my fridge. I need to make that before it goes bad!

Goals for April

  • Increase my mileage so I can at least finish the Lakefront 10 Miler in some form. (Preferably upright)
  • Get a hair cut for the first time in about 6 months.
  • Go to the dentist before my dental insurance runs out.
  • Take more classes at Indigo.
  • Read more.
  • See Snow Patrol at the Aragon.
  • Celebrate my birthday!
  • Meet my friend’s new baby.
  • Keep checking in for cheaper airfare to California for Labor Day.
  • Revamp my blog.

Stay tuned to see how I do!