Dear Betsy,

You have GOT to be kidding me.  Tight 90’s jeans???  You’re too young to know, but those are more like DAD jeans.  With all those T-shirts tucked into high-waist jeans.  Not even Duchovny can recover from that, although the clothing doesn’t detract from the pleasure of his face.

As far as my goals this week, I give myself a B+.  With the GIANT CONFERENCE taking over almost everything, plus Aunt Flo coming to visit on FUCKING MONDAY, I am pretty proud of myself for completing 3 of 4 runs and 1 of 2 Cross Training Workouts.

Conference Shoes

My ambitious assortment of conference shoes.  Cora has the right idea.

Moving felt fantastic after being smashed in conference rooms with billions of other people, and I was feeling pretty fly with my new prescription shades:

New Shades

Or does “prescription” remove what little fly-ness exists when you’re running around in spandex with a watch the size of my arm and sweaty baseball cap?

As for this week, I’m feeling a tad ambitious:

  • Complete All CES Training (2 Cross-Training Days, 4 Runs)
  • 5 am Wake Up Monday-Friday
  • Meditate/Wake up yoga Monday-Friday
  • Zero Alcohol except for the wedding on Saturday
  • OK, there are a million other things I want to put here, but I’m forcing myself to stop.  Can you feel the effort??

As for your goals, here’s some unsolicited advice from your Big Sis:  Make your goals more specific!!!

  • Practice Calligraphy 3x a week for 1 hour at a time
  • Drink 3 16 oz. glasses of water a day
  • Buy 25 more cool notebooks

Good Luck!!

Saucy Cat

Dear Betsy

I give myself a C for this week.

  • 3 runs
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 2 early mornings

This weeks excuses:

  • Extreme temperature fluctuations
  • Beer
  • Horrible sleep

Goals this week:

  • Follow the first week of the CES training plan for the MagMile Women’s Half


  • A weeklong 8am to 10pm work conference in the ‘burbs

How am I gonna get past the challenges:

  • 1 drink maximum at night
  • Flats in the backpack

How’d you do Betsy???

Dear Betsy*

Daley Plaza Farmers Market It seems as if my cats will be joining us on our self-improvement journey.  They are learning to eat whole, un-processed food, while I will be learning to …. Not write too many damn goals? Eat less garbage, exercise more, stop playing “Plants vs. Zombies”, become a meat-eating yogi.  So in keeping with making tiny changes that add up to A LIFELONG JOURNEY OF SELF-ACTUALIZATION I’m limiting myself to 3 goals this week:

  1. Run 5 times
  2. Yoga 3 times in class, 2 times on my own
  3. Wake up at 5am Monday-Friday

Weekly Mantra:  5 is the magic number. *My sister and I will be blogging our weekly goals to each other to hold each other accountable.

Successfully Opposite


I did the Chi-town half marathon yesterday with virtually zero training and I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out. In fact I checked off just about everything that you’re not supposed to do:

  • Inconsistent training. I had logged a total of about 76 miles before the race since the beginning of the year. The longest consecutive string was 6. 
  • Day Before Food: greasy Mexican, cheesesteak, fries, and beer
  • Brand new shoes. I switched to Asics after running in brooks for years. I put 0.97 miles on them before the race

The morning of, I had half a picky bar and some green tea. Green tea has become my pre-run morning beverage  of choice. It doesn’t have the same, ahem, Accelerant qualities as coffee. 

The result: 2:46:40. For context, my first ever half was 3:30:something, my best was 2:30:something. This race, despite the slow time and pain from lack of training, did exactly what I had hoped. It reminded me how far I’ve come: from not being able to run a mile without stopping to running 13.1 like it’s not big deal. It confirmed that my mental toughness has grown quite a bit, even if I have farther to go. And it proved that if I keep running I can expect great things from myself. 

Here’s to frivolity meeting grit!  


Post-race recovery :-)

How to Ninja the Shamrock Shuffle


On Sunday, a brutally cold spring morning in Chicago, a young woman was surveying the throngs of shivering runners. Despite her warrior’s instinct to cut that shit out, she too began shivering in her green spandex, effortlessly blending in with the recreational runners in their expensive clothing and high-tech gear. She knew that fortitude and mental toughness comes from relentless hard work and fanatic devotion, not blog posts and the newest fitness band. 

In her quest to gain a thorough understanding of the crowd, the young warrior made her way to a corner bakery. The weaker minions were huddling together for warmth before they had to run, requiring extensive undercover research that would fill the time before she was required at the start line. 

Comfortable that there would be no shenanigans among the wave 2 set, she started the race at a brisk trot, quickly establishing an invisible force field that would allow her to complete her mission without disturbing surrounding runners. At the perfect spot on Bridge One, she used her leg as a pole, jamming her heel in a hole, locking the knee, and gracefully doing a somersault over the straightened leg, rolling to her feet with minimal effort and unnoticed by the surrounding runners. She had now completed the last task to becoming a running ninja !!

Sunday Cooking

Who will the hubby gas out first?  His office, the cats, or me?

Lunch for the week::

  • Pancetta *
  • Kale
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cruciferous Mix
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Quinoa
  • Olive Oil/Balsamic
  • Salt/Pepper

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but it was pretty flavorless and uninteresting.  Probably should have mad sure I had all of the spices.

* I thought I bought pancetta, but the package said prosciutto even though it was in little cubes. I didn’t know prosciutto came in little cubes so I’m sticking with Pancetta