The celebration after my first marathon, Oct 19, 2008.

The celebration after my first marathon, Oct 19, 2008.

Seven months ago, I had just finished a very busy three or four years spent working full-time and attending Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management at night. I loved every minute of my busy sleepless life, but I needed something new to keep me busy once I graduated with my MBA in June 2008.

The weekend after graduation, on the urging of my sister, I started running to lose a few pounds and get fit. My goal was to run Chicago’s half marathon on September 14th. Surprisingly, since I’d never been much of a ’sporty’ person, I really enjoyed running and quickly edged up my weekly mileage. I ran my first race in mid July at the Fleet Feet Women’s 10K and was happy with a 59 minute finish. I followed up with the Chicago Distance Classic on August 10th (2:04) and then got to my initial goal race on a blustery rainy Hyde Park morning (1:53). Somewhere along the way, I decided to train for a marathon. Chicago had long been filled, so I signed up for the Grand Rapids Metro Health Marathon, which was a great first marathon (4:16).

Meanwhile, training has given me the opportunity to get out and about Chicago on the lakefront and in forest preserves where I may not have spent time otherwise. I decided to start this blog to share these experiences–and maybe hear some of yours!

Outside of running, I live with my husband and two beagles (George and Sweet Pea) in Oak Park, Il and work as the Director of Museum Information Systems at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thanks for reading my blog–and please share any ideas about running around Chicago.



  1. Hi Liz! I just found your blog because I was searching for info on the lake path for my lunch time run today 🙂

  2. Hi Liz,
    Might you be interested in sharing the following discount as a membership perk to your Meetup Group members?


    2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive
    Discounted room rate of $139 on April 6 and 7 for Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, including parking and complimentary shuttle service!

    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place recently announced that its multi-million dollar expansion and renovation is on track for a summer 2013 completion. The hotel’s owner, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), has invested nearly $110 million in the total renovation of the hotel, which will provide a new guestroom tower, renovated outlets, meetings and public space. For the Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle 8K during April 6 and 7, the hotel will offer a discounted rate of $139 (before tax), including parking for one night and complimentary shuttle service to the race. To make a reservation, please click here. All rooms are based on availability. For more information and reservations visit http://www.mccormickplace.hyatt.com or call 312-567-1234.

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