Leaving on a Jet Plane: Off to the Chicago Marathon

Tomorrow I’m hopping on a plane and heading to Chicago to run 26.2 miles! This will be my second full marathon and although I’m less nervous than last time, the nerves are definitely there. I just truly can’t believe race day is almost here after all these months of training. This cycle didn’t go exactly as I had planned. I had some hip pain at the end of training that forced me to cut short my last long run and, although that makes me nervous, it is what it is. There’s no turning back. There’s only the 26.2 ahead.

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So before I get back to figuring out how to pack a bag for three days and one marathon, here’s a brief look at this training cycle:

I raised over $2000 for Team Salute, as I am running in honor of my brother and his friend Christopher Landis (US Army). THANK YOU again to all who donated and supported!


I ran in four NYC boroughs and two different states.

Running in San Antonio

I ran several NYRR races to get my 9+1 and to help me have some company on my runs.


I ran in the extreme summer heat and lived to tell the tale.

I ran in three different styles of Asics shoes, but only wore the same pair for every long run (Gel Pursue!).


I won’t be posting while I’m in Chicago, so follow me on Instagram and Twitter for weekend updates!


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Two Ways to Win with Asics! #TeamASICS

As an ASICS Ambassador I’m so happy to get to bring you fun and exciting opportunities this year from my favorite brand! ASICS has two fun events going on right now where anyone can enter and anyone can win some amazing prizes. Here are your two ways to win some awesome ASICS swag:


The first way to enter not only offers you the chance to win a pair of shoes from the Accelerate Hope collection, but also helps to bring awareness and support to a wonderful cause. In honor of breast cancer awareness month (October), ASICS America is partnering with Right Action for Women to support the fight against breast cancer and celebrate those who join 5Ks, fun runs, marathons, and those who just enjoy being active to support the cause. Chances are most of us know someone affected by breast cancer, and ASICS wants to help encourage us to run for them and to run for hope.

In order to win and to help support this cause, starting October 9th, ASICS is asking you to:

  • Show us how you will Run In Pink by snapping a photo or video of you in your pink apparel, running through the park with a friend, exercising, or crossing the finish line of a race in your pink ASICS .
  • Post your photo to your Instagram or Twitter and tell us why you chose to run in pink this month, using the hashtag #RunInPink (don’t forget the hashtag!).
  • Every Friday during the month of October, starting October 9th, ASICS will also give a lucky winner who posts with the #RunInPink hashtag a pair of shoes from the Accelerate Hope collection, benefiting Right Action for Women.


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PS. Follow ASICS America on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – you just may see your pink photo on one of our accounts throughout the month of October!



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The second way to win involves taking a selfie while on your run–sounds easy enough and its probably something you do all the time (although you may not always admit it!). I remember running the NYC Marathon and taking mid-run selfies at various locations across the course, and remember running past so many other runners doing the same. When you’re on a solo run, the selfie is the way to go to help  you document your experience!

But then again, the selfie is also fun with friends. One of my favorite photos from marathon morning last November was with my #TeamASICS teammates prior to entering our start corrals–we were so excited to start our run even though we were freezing cold!


So in order to enter to win, ASICS wants you to take a #selfie while you’re on your run and post it to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TrainRunSelfie. This will enter you to win $170 in ASICS gear! Every week from now through November 2nd they will pick one winner for a coupon to be used at www.asicsamerica.com. That’s one awesome prize just for snapping a selfie, so be sure to enter!

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I’m Running with #TeamAsics: Announcing the 2015-2016 Asics Ambassador Team!

I’m SO excited to finally be able to share this with you all, but now that its officially official here we go: I’m joining the 2015-2016 Asics Ambassador Team! This is the very first Asics ambassador team ever and I’m incredibly happy to be a part of it. It’s my favorite fitness brand and my closet is filled with their shoes and clothes (well, more like my closet is jam packed. I may have a shopping problem)–they’re the best and get me through every season of running.

As you know, I was part of Team Asics last year with an amazing group of bloggers when I trained for and ran the 2014 NYC Marathon. Not only was this my very first marathon, which makes it extra special, but because I ran with Asics it was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life. Because of that I’m incredibly thrilled to be an official ambassador for the company that has been such a supporter of my running career!

Asics Ambassador

Asics and I have a long love story together, and yes its serious. I only run races in Asics shoes, in particular my favorite shoes are the Gel Pursue for long runs–these are the shoes I ran the NYC Marathon in and plan to run the 2015 Chicago Marathon in in a week and a half. And at the moment, for shorter runs my top shoes are the Excel-33 and the brand new Gel Quantum. I love them all, and the fun colors that they’re offered in make them that much cooler!

Here’s a few of my favorite posts from last year about being part of Team Asics:

NYC Marathon Expo & Asics Pre-Race Shakeout

Marathoning With Asics

Asics in Central Park with Coach Kastor

Introducing the Asics Gel Quantum

Asics Gel Pursue Giveaway (giveaway closed, but I reviewed the shoes)




So what does this mean for you guys?

Well, this partnership means I’ll be reviewing the latest products and bringing you a first hand look at Asics shoes, clothes, and gear this year. And for a fun spin on it, they’ll be some giveaway opportunities every now and then for you to score some swag for yourself! Just sharing the Asics love. Trust me, this partnership will bring some cool content to this blog for you to enjoy. And who knows if I decide to run a race again with Asics, in which case I’ll be bringing you all the info about training. This is going to be one fun year for us all!



And since this is a team, I wanted to share with you my fellow Asics Ambassadors for you to follow. I am honored to be part of such an amazing group of people and can’t wait for all the exciting things to come this year as part of the 2015-2016 Asics Ambassador Team!

Eric Rayvid – Dirty Old Sneakers

Heather Montgomery – Thorough Heather’s Looking Glass

Megan Wood Copello – I Run For Wine

Rachel Steffen- Running Rachel

Toni Church – Running Loving Living

Katie McFarland – Moms Little Running Buddy

Gelcys Castaneda – Runner Unleashed

Linzie Starr- Sharp Endurance

Julie Weiss –  Marathon Goddess

Ryan Falkenrath – Triathlon Training Daddy

Lisa Gully – Workout Mommy

Grace Kim – Lean Girls Club

Angela Simpson- Eat Spin Run Repeat

Sadie Sabin – Simply Sadie Jane



Tell me your favorite pair of shoes to run in!


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