Chicago Marathon 2019

Chicago Marathon 2019 Training Update

Yesterday, I ran EIGHTEEN MILES, which means we’re officially 5 weeks out from the marathon!

Part of me feels like this has lasted forever and part of me cannot believe I’m only a few weeks away from the marathon. It’s like one of my favorite podcasters (and fellow Kansas City native), Gretchen Rubin, says: “The days are long but the years are short.” Anyone else agree?

I’ve done so much traveling this summer, which means I’ve also run in a lot of different places: Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City, Mequon, and of course all around Denver! I even have gotten almost to the end of each direction on the trail right next to my apartment - I had no idea where it went before and now I sure do!

As for the actual running, training is going fairly well. It has not been amazing but not bad either. Below is my training plan and, as for the runs, I’ve stuck to it fairly well. Although I switched out some runs in the first several weeks with HIIT workouts or Cycle classes (I needed the transition), I’m really hitting them all well right now.

However, my ambitious plans of keeping up strength training and HIIT work have not gone so well… I think I overestimated my mental and physical capacity to keep up with so much energy and time spent working out. Plus, with traveling, it made it very hard to stick to a real schedule. I’ve certainly made an effort to get in strength training 1-2 times per week, throwing in abs here and there, but I definitely did not get in what I had hoped. I cannot remember the last time I did leg strength for running… which I know is important!

I guess it can’t hurt to do it now as long as I don’t go crazy with it, right?

My other current struggle is that work is back to regular hours (7:30-4, leaving at 7:08 on the dot…) so I have considerably less time in the morning to fit things in, not to mention it’s pitch black until 6 am. I’ve been doing a lot of running in the dark! I’ve also consigned myself to the fact that I will simply be late on Wednesdays for the next few weeks… Good thing my job is a little flexible on that front. I would consider running in the evening but 1) I hate running in the evening and 2) it’s still so HOT!

I have to say though, taking in consideration that I had major surgery last Fall and wasn’t even running consistently before then, let alone in the months after (i.e. not at all), I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come and been able to accomplish thus far.

In a perfect world, I would have done a LOT more strength training, done some speed work, and eaten a lot better… but this summer has been more about survival with training and saying yes to fun life experiences. I just have to be okay with that! I know, barring any injuries or something crazy (everyone, knock on wood), I’m capable of at least crossing the finish line and that was my main running goal from the start.

P.S. If you’d like to know WHY I’m running the marathon, check out THIS POST. If you’d like to donate to Team Julie and support my cousins and me, click HERE!

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Summer Tour: WI & KS & MO

My second big trip of the summer is complete! You may remember that back in June, I went to Dallas, TX and then various parts of California to visit friends. Well last week I went on another big trip to visit a friend in Milwaukee and then my family in Kansas City!

My friend Sarah, along with her husband and her dog, Bennett, moved to Milwaukee over the winter so I wanted to go visit her in her new habitat. Sarah and I met in a church small group back in Chicago became friends and quasi roommates at one point. Not really roommates… but we lived in the same building just two floors apart.

My first morning there, we went to a Cycle Bar class together and then headed out to kayak on the Milwaukee River! I was actually a little surprised, they just gave us our equipment and sent us off on the river! I guess there was very little likelihood of us being injured or lost or breaking the waterway laws?? We kayaked for almost an hour, stopped at a brewery for a snack and then headed back. It was a beautiful afternoon for being on the water and I have to say a lot more fun than I expected (I hated kayaking at summer camp!).

After kayaking, we walked around the 3rd Ward, which is a more trendy neighborhood in downtown Milwaukee. There were a ton of cute shops and I even got one of the best coffee drinks I think I’ve ever had from Colectivo. Sadly, the chain only exists in Wisconsin and Illinois… I need to figure out how to recreate their Iced Cardamom Honey Latte… For dinner, we went to a seafood restaurant in her neighborhood and I was too much of a chicken to order a whole lobster (has anyone else ever gotten one??) but Sarah went for it! I hope she loves that I threw this photo in here…

On our second day, I needed to run seven miles so I headed out on my own for a while and then Sarah met up with me and we ran the last bit together. She lives outside of the city and it was a beautiful little neighborhood to run in! The rest of the day was spent looking for a dress for her to wear to an upcoming wedding, getting our nails done and then making dinner (okay, she made dinner and I got out of the way after making a mess…) at her house.

For our last day, we checked out a new Barre studio, took our time showering and packing up (Sarah was also headed out for the weekend), and then drove to the lake because I just HAD to see it. As someone who lived by the lake in Chicago, I really missed it and couldn’t come out here without a glimpse. Then we drove to Sprecher Brewery, which makes both beer and root beer (and various other sodas and sparkling water) for a tasting and a tour. It was VERY German themed, haha but very cute and fun.

Sarah dropped me off at the airport on Thursday night and I was off to Kansas City! I have to say this was the most stressful leg of my trip because I had a 45 min layover in St. Louis and my flight was delayed… 40 minutes. Lucky for me, my second flight ended up being delayed about 30 minutes and then we waited another 30 minutes for several other connecting flights since we were the last flight to KC of the evening. I did a poll on my Instagram asking everyone if they’d rather leave on time or wait an hour and it came out to about 35% leave vs. 65% wait. I think I was biased because 1) I was almost one of those people and 2) I travel alone (i.e. without children) so what’s an extra hour of sitting around to save 15 people from being stuck in a random city overnight?

My lovely Dad came out to the airport to grab me and the next day was a fairly relaxing one. I attempted to sleep in, I went on a walk with my little brother (and saw his cat, Butters!), I caught up with my parents, did laundry, and we had steak and potatoes for dinner (extra large potato for me because of my long run in the morning).

Saturday morning was long-run time! It actually stormed all night long, which I miss SO MUCH! Midwestern thunderstorms are so much bigger than they are here in Denver and can last all day long. I absolutely love them. What I do not love, however, is when it’s lightening and cracking thunder at 6 am when I’m supposed to be heading out the door. I delayed about an hour and finally just started running in the rain since I knew it should clear up in the next hour.

The run turned out to go pretty well despite how hilly the neighborhoods were where I ran. I may or may not have run past a certain quarterback’s house… At least I didn’t stop or take a photo? Haha. The last two miles were ROUGH (aren’t they always? Is that just me?) but I made it! The rest of the day was fairly relaxing and then I watched most of the Chiefs preseason game with my mom. It wasn’t particularly thrilling though since our starters played for five minutes but oh well!

The next morning’s activity was the main reason I came to Kansas City for the weekend. My cousin put together a beautiful event in downtown Kansas City to celebrate her mother where we all did a Kalos Experience class and then enjoyed coffee and treats. It was really great to see family and chat with some new people I hadn’t met before.

After yoga, it was time to head home, pack and then off to the airport again! Getting back into a routine has been tough after the week away, especially with how busy things are at the beginning of the school year. Classes start Tuesday so things are on the move whether I’m ready or not!

Do you like kayaking? Do you have a favorite water sport?

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Catching Up... July 2019 Edition

It’s been almost six weeks since my last catch up so I thought it was about time! I already shared my trip to Dallas and San Francisco, so I’m really recapping July at this point. It’s been a fun month but marathon training is picking up so some hard things too!

I spent 4th of July week with my family

I love the Forth of July because it’s the only time of year that my immediate family is all in one place: my mom, dad, little brother, older brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and even my grandparents! We had a good time just hanging out, playing a little golf, and endlessly passing a ball back and forth with my 3-year-old niece… ha! She loved it. I even had the immense pleasure of sharing a room with her and her older “sister,” their golden retriever Molly, for a night.

Beautycounter launched Countertime

3 years in the making and it’s finally here! Countertime is a new anti-aging (also great for dry skin!) line that uses what we call a “Retinatural Complex” made up of bakuchiol and swiss alpine rose. Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and leaves of the Asian plant Psoralea corylifolia, and it acts almost identical to retinol — without any of the redness, dryness, peeling, or flaking that's often associated with vitamin A.

There is a great article in the Zoe Report breaking down the line, another in WWD, AND an article in InStyle Magazine. So much good press! Feel free to send me a message at katiebeautycounter@gmail.com with any questions!

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Maddie came to visit

My lovely friend Maddie, who currently lives in Santa Fe, came to visit for the weekend. Sure, she really came to visit her favorite hairdresser but we’ll pretend the pull was me… ;) Just kidding, Maddie. We had one evening here in Denver, which we spent party in downtown Littleton and partly watching a horrible film on Netflix which I did not realize was originally in German and dubbed with English. We about died laughing. On Saturday evening we headed to Colorado Springs to go to Tapateria and, of course, the views. In the morning, we went on a hike that was actually horrendous (solid mile and a half of steep gravely parts we had to slide down… there was some falling) but at least we saw a baby deer?

Marathon training is going well

This weekend I’m going my furthest distance yet: 12 miles! I have to say, I tend to actually enjoy the long runs, but the mid-week runs are always rough. This week I ran 6 miles and I kept stopping to stretch out my legs, my stomach hurt and by the turnaround point my legs just felt so dead. At least I finished? Luckily, I’m focusing on taking this one week at a time and occasionally choosing to do a HIIT workout (or a hike!) in place of a run to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. Any tips from distance runners out there? You can follow along with my training HERE and donate to our fundraising efforts HERE.

Kidney Donor Weekend

This past Saturday, I got to participate in Kidney Donor Athlete weekend, which was a weekend of events geared towards kidney donors. Kidney Donor Athletes is an organization founded by Tracey Hulick. Tracey created KDA because when she was contemplating donation, she had a hard time finding examples of athletes that were able to return to their previous abilities after donation. Now she features athletes on her website and helps both donors and potential donors connect.

Saturday morning, we went on a hike on Mount Falcon Castle Trail. It was a great opportunity to meet some fellow donors in the area and I had a great time talking with a few of the women. There were even people there from other states: Michigan, Maryland and Kansas! That afternoon, we met for pizza and a few more people came that weren’t on the hike so it was nice to see some new faces. They also participated in the Donor Dash on Sunday morning however, I skipped out on that one because I already had quite a long weekend!

I’ve been loving the Bachelorette

When Hannah was announced as the Bachelorette for this season, everyone was incredibly skeptical and many people just didn’t like her. I, however, felt like I related to her so much (minus the pageant queen part… haha) and was really looking forward to her season. Well, she blew me out of the water and I think surprised a lot of people. I think what I’ve admired most about her (other than how she handled Luke on their fantasy suite date…) is how introspective she is about herself and her feelings. She clearly takes the time to work through everything she’s feeling and thinking and then is able to express herself and is honest about it as well. I’m looking forward to the finale!



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