{Spring Training, 200 Days until the New York City Marathon}
First part of the week’s training is here!
We had a busy and full weekend - a romantic date night with John and a bridal shower for my friend Christina in the suburbs of Chicago. 
On Sunday, I ran five speedy miles.  Since volume is an issue, I’ve focused on quality and tried to run my miles as fast as possible before the shoulder pain sets in.
It is tough dealing with my shoulder but I did have some epiphanies - A) my shoulder has been much better since the start of physical therapy and B) I have till now until June to slowly up my miles.  
Today is the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and I have remembered that I can still run when many can’t.  It might not be very fast and it might hurt a little - but it is only a little hurt.
The injury made me realize how much I need to do similar maintenance on the rest of my body (since I plan on running till I’m dead) and how much I have missed my NTC strength classes.
I am going to give the Nike Women’s Half Marathon my best effort - until then I am doing all my pt work, icing and foam-rolling like an animal.  
I pride myself on consistency and being consistent is the name of the game now!

{Spring Training, 200 Days until the New York City Marathon}

First part of the week’s training is here!

We had a busy and full weekend - a romantic date night with John and a bridal shower for my friend Christina in the suburbs of Chicago. 

On Sunday, I ran five speedy miles.  Since volume is an issue, I’ve focused on quality and tried to run my miles as fast as possible before the shoulder pain sets in.

It is tough dealing with my shoulder but I did have some epiphanies - A) my shoulder has been much better since the start of physical therapy and B) I have till now until June to slowly up my miles.  

Today is the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and I have remembered that I can still run when many can’t.  It might not be very fast and it might hurt a little - but it is only a little hurt.

The injury made me realize how much I need to do similar maintenance on the rest of my body (since I plan on running till I’m dead) and how much I have missed my NTC strength classes.

I am going to give the Nike Women’s Half Marathon my best effort - until then I am doing all my pt work, icing and foam-rolling like an animal.  

I pride myself on consistency and being consistent is the name of the game now!

{Spring Training, 204 Days until the NYC Marathon}

I’ve been a grumpy cat about my physical therapy but this week I decided to keep calm and trust the process and focus on the finish. 

When I described some of the twinges from last week’s running, my physio-therapist recommend more rest days or more sessions on the spin bike.  

I took off running Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and I know poor John was thinking, “I can tell she hasn’t been running.”  

Monday:  Awesome 45 minute spin class at On Your Mark (Lots of hills and climbs!)

Tuesday:  Massage and Shawn Johnson NTC Stretch

Wednesday:  Another spin session (15K in 33 minutes!)

Thursday:  6.37 miles run 

Friday: 2 miles!

On Thursday, I joined my friend Chelsey and her friend Melissa at Road Runner Sports for New Balance’s first Adventure Run in Chicago!

It’s a fun event where you run to different spots in the city and collect raffle tickets.  It’s was chaotic and fun - I ran about 2 miles over and then 4 miles with the girls - they did all the navigating, I liked seeing a different part of the city with cool people. :) 

We went to several different gyms and studios including a beautiful pilates studio that I might find my way back to.  At each place you got raffle tickets for performing a few strength moves or as walking like an Egyptian - which I had to do because I can’t do planks or burpees with my shoulder injury. :)

You got extra tickets for these moves or for general charm (we won a lot of charm tickets!).  I’m calling our little trio the “Lucky Charms” because all three of us won! Melissa got the best prize, a gift certificate to a natural food store called Mrs. Green’s.

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I just wanted to get out and enjoy the warm sunshine today so I ran an easy 2 miles - it’s 65 degrees and going to be 70 tomorrow! 

{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
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  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/7.1
  • 1/60th
  • 27mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/8
  • 1/60th
  • 27mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
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  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/5.6
  • 1/30th
  • 27mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/6.3
  • 1/80th
  • 76mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250th
  • 258mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/8
  • 1/60th
  • 42mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/7.1
  • 1/100th
  • 76mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/7.1
  • 1/100th
  • 76mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/7.1
  • 1/50th
  • 27mm
{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}
Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.
However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  
And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/10
  • 1/250th
  • 60mm

{Red Square, Moscow, Russia}

Sometimes in the middle of a trip, it’s hard to get perspective.  In Russia, there were moments of unfriendliness and hostility that surprised me. The country is much poorer than I had expected with the disparity in wealth that I didn’t understand.

However, Russia was always a dream - to see one of the greatest empires of the olden days and the subject of so much amazing literature. It was more stunning than I could have imagined.  

And more old world.  The cities are spaced far apart and in between are small villages usually by a body of water.  I take tall buildings for granted and when I was in Moscow and St. Petersburg with John, I started to appreciate how unique city skylines are.  

{Leaving for Russia}
We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!
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{Leaving for Russia}
We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!
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{Leaving for Russia}
We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!
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  • Aperture
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  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 500
  • f/5.6
  • 1/125th
  • 121mm
{Leaving for Russia}
We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!
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  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250th
  • 258mm
{Leaving for Russia}
We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • 100
  • f/5.6
  • 1/80th
  • 60mm

{Leaving for Russia}

We went to Russia in 2011 and Nigel was about 6 months old.  He was so little! Seeing the Red Square for the first time was unbelievable!