Sunday, July 1, 2012


I saw this plaque out on the path this morning. I really liked the quote on it:

"Dream what you dare to dream. Go where you want to go. Be what you want to be. Live."

166 running miles in June.

130 miles in the first 3 weeks of Fox Valley marathon training. Only 11 more weeks till game day!

1:46:15 a new PR In the half marathon.

1 beer festival attended with 14 new delicious beers tasted.

1 really bad thunderstorm.

1 free pair of shoes (wave elixir 7) from Mizuno's Mezamashii project. #brilliantrun So far, I like these shoes a lot.

1 2nd place finish in a 5k.

I also went to the Three Floyd's brewery in Munster, IN. Great food and of course yummy craft beer.

I became a Sweat Pink ambassador! I really like their mission to "sweat hard, play hard and inspire those around them to inspire their best selves."

Fit approach, the geniuses behind sweat pink have also just started the Sweat Pink Race program.For $35, you get a sweet pink tee or tank with the design above, a wine glass and button to wear. The idea behind it is to show your pink love and be able to meet up with other ladies who share the same fitness ideas at local races. Anyone and everyone is able to join. If you use the code "SPACharlynC" you will receive 10% off the $35.

I'm just really enjoying life right now. I love spending time with my WW and ChurroDog, as well as running outside on the path.

looking forward:

It's hard to believe that a week from now I'll be 30! OMG where has the time gone!?!

I have the rock n roll Chicago half later in July. So far I'm feeling strong and injury free, but I still have 10 more weeks of training to get through until Fox Valley. I also feel such a joy about running that I haven't felt before. Going outside and enjoying the runs and not dreading them, has been the biggest change this season vs last season.

- xaar


  1. Sounds like a great month!! And that you are in a great place mentally with your running :)

    If you ever check out the Flossmoor Station Brewery, let me know ... I live about 15 minutes away from it :)

    1. Ooh! Thanks for the tip on the brewery! I have just added it to the list :)

  2. LOVE the photo of you finishing the 5k, you were working!!

    And that quote is absolutely fabulous.

    1. Hehe I felt like death!

      That quite is a good find :)

  3. What a fabulous June! Love the quote - where on the path did you see it, out of curiosity? Those new Mizunos look AWESOME.

    So glad to hear how much you've been enjoying your runs, too. I've definitely gotten to the point now where I'm starting to dread the long ones, and even some of the shorter ones when it's so hard out. Sigh. By the way, I'll be running Rock N Roll Chicago, too! Hopefully this time I can make it to the blogger meetup to meet you and everyone else in person!!!

    Happy, happy, happy birthday in advance!!!

  4. Wow, what a stellar month for you...160+ miles, that is awesome! I have no idea how you manage all that beer tasting with running, after my beer tasting on Saturday I've been out of commission and I still don't think I'm hydrated enough to run today ;)

    1. They were small samples. ;) but the Sunday run was pretty rough. I try to limit myself to 2 beers a week, usually post long run.

  5. That is a great quote - bummer that he died so young.

    You ran a lot this month!

    That beer fest was a lot of fun it sounds like!

    Those Mizuno shoes look crazy, haha