August in Review

Total miles ran: 77.5
Total non-running workouts: 7

I’ve been buying a lot of fitness-related Groupon (or LivingSocial) deals, and have been furiously scheduling my classes so I use them before they expire. This month I tried yoga at Spring Wellness Center and a Pilates-reformer type class at Body R+D. I enjoyed both and I’m looking forward to my remaining classes. I also attended a few free classes at the Nike Training Club in Lincoln Park. If you’ve never been, the first floor is Nike apparel for women, the second floor is a studio space where they offer free classes throughout the week (you just have to register in advance and classes fill up fast). So far the classes I’ve taken (Ballerina Bum Bootcamp and NTC) have been great workouts.

Other things I did this month …

Chicago from Olive Park I've been sitting at this desk since Monday. Now that we've opened the blinds, I see that I have a view of the Sears Tower. Sweet.

Another beautiful run on the Lakefront Trail; my department moved temporarily and I have a view of the Sears Tower from my desk. On Friday we move again and I’ll likely not have a view from my desk.

Working out with paparazzi and a guy with boobs as big as ours... Kind of a big deal. #GetFly #latergram Screen shot 2013-09-01 at 3.16.22 PM

I posted about participating in Nike’s GetFly program to improve my mile time. Our workout with Professor Pierce, and the free swag we got, we awesome and very appreciated.

31st St Beach, Chicago listening my to favorite composer (Rachmaninov) in my favorite city.

After jet-skiing on Lake Michigan (or, as I should have described it to my husband “water motorcycling”); Grant Park Music Festival at Pritzker Pavilion

Trapeze School at Belmont Harbor Trapeze School at Belmont Harbor

Acrobatics: Fun; Trapeze: Fun but scary

Pinball Gogol Bordello

Enjoying some daydrinking and arcade games before seeing Gogol Bordello – they are AMAZING live.

My weird husband likes to check for gray hair. Jokes on him, redheads go white. Almost #birfday Aww they like me here

Weirdo husband looking for gray hairs on the eve of my 31st birthday. (We disagree on whether I have gray or white hair; either way, I earned them.)

Screen shot 2013-09-01 at 3.25.37 PM 3/4 of the Wurst Running Club Ever #wurstfest #wrce

Anne’s Sausage Fest & Fun Run Fundraiser

#GingerRoadTrip stuck in traffic yet we're nowhere near a city? Does not compute. Screen shot 2013-08-29 at 9.18.12 PM

North Country Trail Half with Sara. It was gorgeous and awesome and challenging and we matched.

Screen shot 2013-09-01 at 3.31.16 PM Team Blogger is ready to #GetFly #FlyKnitFree @nikechicago

Fun run at Road Runner Sports with Nicole & Erin & other people; Team Blogger at the Nike Get Fly relay

Mooooommmmm why do you hate me? ... Sorry cat, company's coming over and someone's allergic. If the day goes as planned, at the end of it, this will no longer be mine. We had a good 8 years and 80,000 miles, but we don't need two cars. I'm a little sad.

Hosted the first (of hopefully many) game night at our aparment, but Olive had to miss the fun because a couple expected guests are allergic; We “sold” my car yesterday. My brother has a week to decide if he wants to buy it, if not, we’ll sell it to Carmax. Either way, it’s no longer in my possesion. I loved my little car, but we do not need two cars anymore.

Screen shot 2013-09-01 at 3.35.25 PM

Ended the month with a pretty, um, silly “bachelorette” party for Erin.

When we decided in May that we were ready to move out of my parents house, I wanted to do it sooner rather than later. Primarly because we both had such long commutes and were getting really burned out, but also because I wanted to be able to enjoy as much summer fun in Chicago as possible. Mission accomplished.


Totally forgot to include my goals check-in …

Don’t spend more than $500 on races for 2013. I’m at $467 for 2013′s races.

Run 1,300 miles for the year. I think I might adjust this to a “total time worked out” goal since I’ve been doing more than just running.

Weekly strength workouts. Success!

Read 12 books. I read no new books, but I’ve been good at reading the RedEye everyday during my commute and I’ve discovered the Dots game on my phone.

August’s goals: Sell my car. The registration expires at the end of the month. Also, clean out the second bedroom, or at least, get rid of the stuff in there we don’t need and organize the stuff that’s staying. Hang some “art.”

Eh, we definitley made progress on all three, although none can be marked complete.

September’s goal: Figure out my running goal after the Chicago Half. Don’t let the classes remaining on my Body R+D voucher go to waste.

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12 Comments on “August in Review”

  1. So many fun things in August! Dang, you crammed a lot into that one month. I’m thrilled I got to be a part of many of them. And thanks again for helping plan an amazing “bachelorette” party. Is professional bachelorette party attendee a thing? Cause if not you should totally make that a profession 🙂

    1. Haha, thanks!! I love bachelorette parties and have been to or helped plan quite a few, so I take them very seriously!!! Also, I had a very fun bachelorette party myself (basically very similar to yours, LOL, same club and all) so I want to make sure the bachelorette has a good time at any parties that I attend 🙂

  2. Wow, sounds you had a really quiet month 😉 I can’t believe how fast August flew by! I suspect your September is going to include even more beer and sausage, just because it’s Oktoberfest season.

  3. Ballerina Bum Bootcamp?! That sounds awesome! (I’ve done a barre class and LOVED it…I’m wondering if it is similar?) What a fun August you’ve had–wide variety of fun stuff! (And Erin’s bachelorette party looks like it was a blast!)

  4. That is so awesome that you are trying so many classes and making the most of living in the city 🙂 What a great month!

    Poor little Olive, stuck behind the door. LOL.

  5. I have white hairs too! I always pull them out when I find them but I maintain that they aren’t gray and instead have managed to grow without any pigment.
    What a busy month for you! And it sounds like you got to try out a lot of new activities which is always fun!

  6. I really love how you continue to embrace all the city has to offer. Buying Groupons and other online deals for fitness classes used to be my favorite pasttime, too:) I just hope there are some offers for places out in the ‘burbs.

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