Chicago Marathon 2019

Catching Up… June 2019 Edition

I feel like I say this every month, but how are we more than halfway through June?? The older I get, the faster time seems to go… I’ve got a lot of stuff going on this month so check out my life updates below including an upcoming trip, marathon training and working on my golf game…


Root Canal Complete

Whelp, I’ve had a root canal! Honestly, it was no where near as horrible as it sounds although it was uncomfortable. Mine wasn’t horribly painful afterwards like some people said it might be (I just took some tylenol but not often) however, I couldn’t chew on that side and it drove me crazy! I did get my crown just three days later, which actually was a bit painful but I think only because my gums and teeth were already irritated. My dentist actually did the whole crown process in one appointment (about 2.5 hours long) but at least I got to watch Netflix (aka The Great British Baking Show) while I was there? Let’s just say, I’m glad its’ all over. Here’s a quick video of how my crown was made:

I’m Off to Dallas and San Francisco!

Tomorrow I leave for Dallas to visit my friend Julie that I met in Chicago and then on Thursday evening I head to San Francisco to visit my friend Caroline that I grew up with in Kansas City. It’s going to be a whirlwind week but a lot of fun. Julie and are going to see Aladdin the Musical and hang out with her two little boys and I’m sure her family. Caroline and I are taking a road trip down to Pismo Beach with some stops on the way. We’ll see a few wineries, Hearst Castle, maybe the Monterey Bay Aquarium (P.S. I just discovered they have live cams!!) and take a surf lesson!! You know I love surfing :)

Summertime at Work

Since I work at a school and classes ended on the last day of May, campus has been very quiet. Lucky for us, however, summertime means summer hours! For two months, we get to come in and leave a little bit earlier (partly because of no air conditioning) but I must say it’s a MAJOR perk of working at a PreK-12 school. Especially since I have the option of coming in earlier and leaving earlier - so much free time in the afternoon! Definitely balances out the non-profit salary…

Marathon Training Has Officially Begun

Last week was the start of Marathon Training! If you missed my post on WHY I’m running the marathon (and my training plan) you can check it out here. I’m running with my cousins to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, which is a rare type of cancer that my aunt passed away from in October. If you’d like to support me and my team, please donate here (it should say Elizabeth Green, not my name). Every little bit matters!

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Lots of Family Time

I’ve gotten a lot of family time in over the past couple of weeks! At the beginning of June, I went up to my brother’s house to watch my two nieces for a few hours on both a Saturday and Sunday. It was so fun to just hang out with the two of them! Luckily they have opposite nap schedules so I had each one individually for most of the time…

Working On My Golf Game

Summertime means golf season! I grew up golfing and was even on the golf team in high school but once I left for college I barely played at all. Over the past few years, however, I’ve been playing more and more. It’s partially incentivized by the fact that I’ve played in a charity tournament with my boss so I can’t be horrible… Not to mention putting on a golf tournament myself as a school fundraiser! I’ve only been to the driving range twice so far this year but I’m hoping to play 9 holes here and there at a course right by my apartment.

Do you golf?

Have you ever ran a race to raise money?

Any fun plans this summer?

2019 Chicago Marathon Training Plan

It’s here! Marathon training officially begins this week and I still can’t quite believe that this is happening…

You might be asking, WHY are you running a marathon? Trust me, I’ve asked myself this question many times since signing up in November. After declaring long-distance running was no longer my “thing” a few years ago, I never thought I’d run a marathon again. However, this year I have a very important reason for signing up.

In October, my Aunt Julie passed away from a Cholangiocarcinoma, which is a very rare and under researched bile duct cancer. Last year, my cousins formed a team to run the NYC Marathon to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and when I heard that they planned to do the same this year at the Chicago Marathon, I had to join in. Lucky me, I also convinced one more cousin to be a part of the team who I ran Chicago with in 2012.

To be honest, I’m half running to raise money and half running to support my cousins. Losing Julie reminded me of how important it is to support our family and be a part of one another’s lives. I used to be very close to her four children until I went off to college and only saw them on holidays and I have always regretted losing touch. However, every day is an opportunity to try again and that day in November when I signed up for the marathon was definitely an opportunity taken. Albeit, a slightly crazy one.

So here I am: about to start training for a marathon! Below is my training plan but before we get to that, I’d like to ask each one of you reading to considering donating to Team Julie (yes, it should say Elizabeth Green). I hope to write more in depth about her and her family in the future but what I will tell you is that Julie cared so much about every person in her life and she was absolutely the type of person who never met a stranger. She was inclusive and caring and always ready to have fun. Please consider honoring her memory, honoring someone you love, or simply supporting me and my family by making a gift. Every little bit counts.

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That looks really scary all written out, doesn’t it?!? It certainly does to me! Especially since I already know that I tend to get more tired that I used to and I have a few summer trips planned and, oh wait, that thing called work taking up way too much time... But I know I will do my BEST, whatever that might be!

I based this plan off of Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon Training plan but moved the Tuesday runs to Monday and added the option of doing a HIIT workout instead of a 3 mile run on Thursdays. I’ve learned over the years that I simply feel better when I’m doing strength training and HIIT exercise so I want to do my best to keep those up while still feeling prepared to run 26.2 miles by mid-October.

If you’ve run a marathon, please feel free to share tips below! Especially any favorite strength or ab workouts that help with running form and staying healthy during training. Now I just have to decide what running watch to get…

I’ll keep you all updated! Follow my runs on my Instagram Story for more day-to-day training and photos.

Catching Up... March 2019 Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what’s actually been happening in my life so I thought I’d do a “catching up” post and let you in on a few things that I’ve been doing.

Lots of skiing

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I spent a good deal of January and February skiing. I took a trip to Deer Valley in Park City, UT to ski for 3 days and spent two nights with my friend, Annette! It was a lot of fun to see her as well as really great to get to go back to where I grew up skiing on spring breaks as a kid.

A couple weeks later, I took a solo trip to Aspen where I stayed for one night in Glenwood Springs and skied Friday at Aspen Snowmass and Saturday at Aspen Mountain. It was beautiful out there and I’m glad I got to experience somewhere new. Plus I finally got to try out the hot springs that a previous coworker of mine told me about so often.

THEN I got to have a fun day at Copper Mountain with another friend of mine, her husband, her dad and her dad’s friend. Despite many debacles in the morning, I ended up having the best day. Yes, I enjoy getting to ski even if I go alone but it was a ton of fun to get to go with them and enjoy the slopes together. My friend’s dad also used to be competitive skier, so it was nice to have him give me some tips and guide us around the mountain.

Last but not least, other than a couple solo ski days, I went to ski in Taos with my friend, Maddie! Well, I spent the whole weekend in Santa Fe with her but on Saturday we went to Taos and despite some questionable weather, we had a lot of fun.

Cars are expensive

Oh man. I never owned a car until I moved out to Colorado and I’m sure all of you already know this but CARS ARE EXPENSIVE. I was in an accident back in November and I’ve luckily been reimbursed for all of those expenses (not at fault) but once that dust (almost) settled, I discovered I was very much in need of new tires. $900 later, I had those and then needed windshield wiper fluid (okay, super cheap) and new windshield wipers. A few days ago my key fob stopped working too… Luckily I have two :). And very soon I will be getting my car registration information for April and will have to pay that… I know, I’m complaining. I’m very lucky to have a car in the first place but MAN! I had no idea… Any other newer car owners out there?

I should probably start marathon training soon…

Yep, that’s right. I’m running another marathon after a 7 year hiatus. I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon with the Cholangiocarinoma Foundation, which is the cancer that my aunt passed away from this past October. If you’d like to donate to our team, you’re welcome to do so here! I’ll be running with three of my cousins and one of their boyfriends. I’m excited to be doing this with them but also kind of terrified of actually doing all the training again… Wish me luck!

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I’ve been going to spinning class as a substitute for running but I’ve really got to start actually running. I’m thinking about joining a gym nearby (I found one for $10 a month!) just so I can run indoors. I feel like I might be far more incentivized to run inside than outside while it’s still cold and snowy. I’ve really softened up since those days of winter running in Chicago…

I’ve become a needlepointer!

I know, random. My cousin, Emily, loves needlepointing and learned from her mom. I decided to try it out on her recommendation and did my first project from KC Needlepoint. I was hooked!! When I started looking for new designs to do, I struggled to find anything that really fit my style. Then I discovered that there are many young women who are painting their own canvases and I thought, I could do that! (My favorite is Thorn Alexander). So I did. I painted my first canvas and it was horrible. Then I replicated it again as a second draft and it turned out pretty cute! I’m stitching it right now to see how it looks but so far so good!

I’m honestly just making this up as I go with a few YouTube videos so I need to find a class or two and learn some new stitches, but I’m having a lot of fun with it!

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Anxiety is the worst.

I don’t know what exactly has been triggering it, but my anxiety has been a bit worse over the past couple of weeks. I share this not for sympathy but to keep it real because I know so many of you probably deal with the same thing. I’ve been finding ways to numb out instead of deal with it and that’s not the best! This month, I’ve decided to focus on me and dealing with my fears (aka journaling them out, praying, letting go of my own expectations) rather than accomplishing all the things. A lot of my anxiety stems from the feeling that time is slipping away and I’m not making the most of it - does anyone else feel this way? You’re not alone!

I’ve been watching the Bachelor

Do you like that I mentioned this? I do because it’s quite a commitment for me to watch these episodes every single week since I don’t actually have cable. I’m also listening to the podcast The Wright Reasons after each episode which I realize seems extreme but I love their take on what’s happening. Kyle and Rachel Wright, husband and wife obviously, don’t just recap the show - they actually talk about the relationship dynamics and the mental state of the girls. Rachel is a marriage counselor and licensed psychotherapist and they both run the Wright Wellness Center, so they have a really good take on what’s going on (or at least what the producers want to show us…).



There you go! A few highlights from the past two months. Hopefully I manage to do this more often… If you want a more up-to-date look into my life, be sure to follow me on Instagram.