Sunday, July 29, 2018

Malort 5k 2018 {race recap}

Malort 5k race recap!

Comprised of: 

1 shot of Malort pre run
5k Run
1 shot of Malort at the finish

Celebratory finish line beer from Buckledown. 

On Saturday morning, we woke up early to run the Malort 5k.  Since we love soccer, and sometimes Malort, it was a no brainer to sign up. 

Proceeds from the event supports the Chicago Fire October 8th Committee, preserving the history of the Chicago Fire, and the Fire for Food drive benefiting the Chicago Food Depository. So it’s all for a great cause! 

We put our game faces on. 

Like a fly to honey, a brasilian to a soccer pitch. We got to kick soccer balls around pre race on the practice field. It was a great warmup!

Soon it was time to make our way to the start of the race. 

The race was held at the Heineken Pub 97, Chicago fire practice field. 

Our squad runs deep. We had 13 people participating in this event from MRC Chicago!

We watched in anticipation as the Malort shots were filled pre race. 

We chose our shots, drank them when we got the word to start and then we were off on our 5k!

The run was nice and on sidewalks. I felt hot and out of breath. (Common theme for the past 2 weeks since I’ve been sick with sinus problems)

This is probably the first 5k I negative split. (Just ignore that pesky last .10 mile. That’s when we got our 2nd shot of Malort) 

By 8:45am we had drank 2 shots of Malort and a beer. We were truly living our best lives. It was also L’s birthday so it was extra special to be able to share this time with him. 

I give the Malort 5k an 11/10. I’d totally run it again. Organization was on point, it benefited a great cause, and we had a ton of fun. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Ironman Louisville Training 2018 {Weeks 5-8}

Weeks 5-8 total:
Running: 93.77 miles,  13:38 hours
Cycling: 397.27 miles, 25:02
Swimming: 0

Training Cycle total:  {start May 28}
Running : 204.55 miles , 29:27 hours
Cycling: 694.56 miles, 42:58 hours
Swimming: 0 miles, 0 hours

Yearly total: 
Running : 1204.85 miles, 171:46 hours
Cycling: 924.55 miles, 61:15 hours
Swimming: 0 miles, 0 hours


Not swimming. It’s a PITA to go to the pool during certain hours. It’s also just as much of a PITA to drag all my shit to the lake. I’m working on going swimming this week because I need to. With 12 weeks to go, I have plenty of time to get comfy in the water again, I just need to go. 

Being sick during week 8. I got a bad cold/seasonal sinus BS which started Sunday morning/Monday morning and because of that, I didn’t work out much. I ran 1x for 4 miles which felt like I was using half a lung and cycled 2x  for 93 miles. 

Feeling apathetic towards training/the race. Even when  not motivated or whatever, I still work out because, goals. Not every day is going to be super unicorn special. But to have the thoughts of “why am I doing this again” running through my head way too much is discouraging at times. Up until I got sick, I had been more excited about doing my 2nd IM. I know this will pass. 


Riding outside on July 4- it was super busy (expected) at 6am. There were loads of people bbqing at 31sr ave beach at 6:30am (not expected). It felt good to ride outside for the first time since last year- and to make sure my bike Mortadella felt ok post tuneup. 

Running with L for my birthday. 

Running with Ze Pequeno multiple times. 

Seeing Barenaked Ladies perform at the Huntington Pavillion. I had a smile on my face the entire time. Live music, especially in an outdoor venue on a gorgeous summer night is so wonderful. 

Going on a dog cruise with Real Dog Moms of Chicago. Ze had a blast!

Riding 67 miles with Kim at the Bike with Beanzie event in DeKalb. The time flew by as we chatted and cycled through the cornfields and marveled at all the Beanzie posters directing us where to go. 

Looking forward:

I need to swim as soon as I’m a little better. Right now I’d probably start coughing uncontrollably if I got in the water. I’m not too concerned about the swim, but I need to put in the work. 

Cycling: I completed 5 of the 7 stages of the Sis Tour de Oz on Zwift And plan to make up the remaining 2 next week. I’m feeling much stronger on the bike and that is super encouraging. Cycling is the main area I need to work on because I do not want to spend 8 hours on the bike again. 

Running: I had been averaging 30 miles a week up until I got sick. I need to ease back into running after taking a week off and build up my mileage and intensity  again. I’d like to take a good chunk of time off my IRONMAN marathon.  4:47 was good for my 1st, but I know there’s a lot of room for improvement there too. 

Eating: to remember that cycling 3 hours or running a bunch does not equal a free pass to stuff my face with a bunch of food. I had been steadily gaining weight up until I got sick and felt super crappy as a result. 

I’ve been cooking new to me recipes to complete my goal of 52 recipes in 2018. Most recent creation was ├śland wheat bread from Claus Meyer. A link to all of the recipes I’ve done is 

12 weeks to go, and I’m excited to put in the work to have a successful day in Louisville.