A few months ago, I decided that I needed a change…a big one. Now, typically I would make drastic changes in my life when something is wrong. Can’t breathe? Start running. Chest Pains? Lose weight. Feel like one of those corporate ghoulish creatures pretending to be humans in the movie They Live? Quit my job. Continue reading What is with the purple hair, Jen?→
I realized recently that maybe I do know a thing or two about this distance running thing.
I mean, I’ve been participating in marathons and ultra marathons for eight years now, never taking a season off. I’ve fundraised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program to find a cure for blood cancer through six marathons and some cycle rides. Then add the 20+ ultra marathons of 31+ miles, including the recent 100-mile ultra that I completed a few months ago.
GUs were the first nutrition that I had ever tried when I began distance running. This type of nutrition is energy in the form of gel, ranging from 80-200 calories per pack based on the brand and ingredients. Technically the first stuff I had ever tried was made by Clif. And possibly had the word “raspberry” in the title. It was pretty awful according to my taste buds, throat and stomach. My personal preference are made by GU brand. Some of these have additional sodium or caffeine, which is something that should be closely looked at when purchasing since everyone’s body reacts differently to these additives.
(CHICAGO) After a week’s reprieve, motorists will have to begin enduring more lane closures on Grand Avenue and Lake Shore Drive over the next 10 weeks for a project installing steel beams to support the long-awaited Navy Pier Flyover.
Image from CityofChicago.org – Artist conception of Flyover
One of the many wonderful aspects of Chicago in the summer is that when you feel like there is nothing to do, there’s a street festival somewhere. One of the annoying things also is when you need to get somewhere during summer in Chicago, there’s a street festival that’s closing a street.
Whether you are trying to find something to do, or figure out which areas to avoid, here’s the info that you need.