On My Way... To 15 K

Hello, My Name is: HI!  I'm Mel!  :)  A 32 year old Wife and Stay at Home Mom to 3 adorable children currently residing in the suburbs of Chicago.   I love being a Mom and I love my kids, but holy Moses did I ever underestimate the degree of difficulty of such an adventure! ...more

Recycle Old Athletic Shoes

When it comes to material goods, I am a firm believer in reincarnation. (As for the human soul, I remain Undecided.) So imagine my joy when I discovered Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program that takes your stinky old tennis shoes, war-torn running shoes and backdated sneakers and gives the material life anew while skipping right over the landfill. Image: ndanger via Flickr ...more
This is one great outcome of recycling! Thank you for sharing!   more

How Do You Even Know Where to Begin When Buying a Sports Bra for DD+?

If you're the type of woman that thinks wearing two bras when exercising will “make do”, then think again! This short blog post will help you understand why I think it is  important to get the right support (and feel great) while exercising!Q. If I’m not doing an aerobic exercise, do I still need to wear a sports bra?...more
@Carmen S Hey Carmen, hahahah you did make me chuckle! I would completely agree..."german prison ...more

Cherry Tree 10 Miler Race Report

Cherry Tree 10 Miler (and 3 person Relay): Prospect Park Park, Brooklyn, NY 2/19/12, 37 degrees, 10mph winds under 1:50:00 ...more

Race Report: PPTC Cherry Tree 10-miler

Yesterday I ran the Prospect Park Track Club Cherry Tree 10-miler with Tracy and Tara. Actually, it might be more accurate to say I ran the race thanks to them....more

Why Running is Good for My Whole Family

Example 1: Pokey family at the breakfast table. Me without a morning run: "ARghhh! Why can't you people just eat your breakfast? I CAN'T TAKE IT!!! It is time to EAT!!" Me after a morning run: "Hi, guys. You want more maple syrup with that?"  ...more

Change Makes My Heart Happy

I love Valentine's Day. We don't do the traditional romantic dates and gifts in our house. It is a family celebration that consists of a pink and red dinner and gifts, cards, and treats that magically appear at the door.  By magically I mean someone sneaks out through the garage, rings the doorbell, and then runs back into the house.  It is one of my absolute favorite holidays, so in honor of the day of love I thought I would share with you what I love about running....more

Let's Mix it up!

Congratulations on sweating through speeding it up last week in the Inspiration to Fitness Track to 5k. Our 5k run is two weeks away. Are you feeling prepared? Excited? Nervous? A little of all three? Perfect. :) ...more

Will Run For M&Ms

The women in my family sport varying degrees of athleticism.  Some of us have been on sports teams from the moment we were allowed to be, some of us abhor effort and sweat.  Regardless of our levels of inclination and training, most of us can walk faster than we can run.  If you are giggling right now, I know you know what I mean.  Sometimes we marvel at this phenomenon.  Usually twice a year when one of us gets a wild hair and decides to start a running routine, then decides against it.  “It’s so weird....more
@Carly Thurman Thank you! Hey, motivation is motivation, right?! more

Born to Run

So I mentioned at the start of the New Year that I was up for a new challenge.  I'm still trying to figure out the direction for this blog....more