Celebrating New Years in Chicago

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

New Years Fun in Gurnee Illinois with my nieces!

What was your New Years like?  I am pleased to say mine was everything I had hoped for.  I did lots of my favorite things like run, workout, enjoy good food, and most importantly, spend time with family.  My hubby, mom and I packed up my car, headed out on the highway about noon on Friday December 3oth, and almost 7 1/2 hours later we arrived in Gurnee, Illinois.  We were tired, hungry but definitely excited!  

My First Chicago Marathon via Heart Rate

The Big City of Chicago

The Big City of Chicago – Our View from the top of our hotel!  The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is fabulous!  I loved our room, the facilities, and location. 

Although I love the city of Chicago and I always look forward to going back, I can’t say I am in love with the marathon!  In fact, of all the marathons I have run, it’s one of my least favorites !  I am not sure what the big hype is about this race!   In fact I probably will never know, but one thing I do know, I won’t be rushing back to run it again.

#IRunRome 2016 Marathon Report!

Mile 12

Mile 12

For those of you who are interested in a more detailed #IRunRome Marathon Report…..here you go, as promised!  First off, it was one of the funnest marathons I have run, and definitely one of the most beautiful.  Fun because I didn’t run this marathon for a personal best or to BQ, but to just take it all in…..and I did.

One Pot Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, and a little Tomato

When in Italy we ate lots of pasta.  How can one eat that much pasta and come home weighing almost 5 pounds lighter?  Not sure, but I did.  Possibly because you walk and walk, and than walk some more.  Than because I am a runner who likes to travel and run, I ran a marathon, and it didn’t stop there!  We climbed stairs….and next we hiked and than hiked some more.  It was an amazing trip!

Pasta in Italy

Cinque Terre – Day 2

We started day two in Cornilgia much the same way as day one, just much earlier.  Once again, when most tourists and locals here were either sound asleep or too exhausted from yesterday’s hike to even think about venturing out, we were eager to watch the sun come up and enjoy our Americano Cafe with fresh bread toasted, jam & butter.  I still have no idea why toast tastes better here, but it does😉.


A destination I’ll never forget and one I can’t wait to visit again!  

My “Windy” Thoughts


I bet you’re thinking based on my title this is going to be a long drawn out boring post.   It won’t be I promise.  At least I hope you don’t think so!  To be honest, I was unsure how to title this post but as I was running in the wind today (again) I had numerous thoughts running through my mind about my last 18 weeks of training.  WIND happened to be at the top of the list since I had more runs (and races) in the wind than not.  Geez…..

My First Texas Race – BUT Definitely not My Last!



Cow Town Half Marathon Windy Start

Just a little over two weeks ago, my husband and I ventured down to Texas to visit our three grandchildren, one of which was only 6 weeks old and we were meeting for the first time.  Needless to say, we were both very excited.  I think the kiddos were just as anxious to see us and we were to see them.  They also moved into their brand new home and my step-daughter and her hubby were really looking forward to having me cook for them in their brand new kitchen! Emily, my step-daughter was especially excited for my guacamole😊.  I have no idea how my guac became so famous, but I am so thankful for my fans!  It’s been such fun writing and sharing a little about what makes me happy in life…..cooking for my friends and family!  I am one lucky blogger!