Making It Official + Running Tip of the Day

Guess what?

It’s totally and completely official.

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I’m running my second marathon! I’m running THE Chicago Marathon!

I was just a tiny bit excited about this yesterday. I’m still months away from starting marathon training, but it feels good to have my race entry locked in.

Adam was like, “I can’t believe people pay money to run a marathon.” Yep. Runners like to pay for weird things.

I know during the last six miles I’ll be thinking the same thing, “I paid to do THIS?” but once I cross the finish line I’ll be all, “I’d pay double to do this again!” Well… something like that anyway.

By the way, if you’re thinking about running Chicago through a charity partner, Team PAWS (and some of the others) will reimburse you for your entry fee as long as you meet their fundraising minimum for the race which is $1,000 this year.

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Okay, enough about Chicago for now. I really need to keep my focus on all of the 5Ks I’ve got coming up!

The last 24-ish hours I’ve been nursing a stupid sore right shin. It happens. It’ll heal. Thursday’s are my rest day from running anyway, so my leg has a full day to get itself together!

A couple of weeks ago I ran in torrential rain and ever since then my shoes have had an interesting smell. (That description is being kind.)

I read somewhere a while ago that if your running shoes smell you should put dryer sheets in them overnight. I tried that last night and IT WORKED like a charm! 


Seriously, if your shoes smell interesting, give this a try!

That’s my tip of the day :).


 How is your racing schedule for the rest of the year looking? Have you picked your fall races yet?



  1. March 12, 2015 / 9:45 am

    Chicago–here you come!
    That is exciting to get your official registration. It is funny when you think of how much we pay for races, and some of the other things that I won’t pay extra!!
    Well, my next race coming up is your virtual 5k that should be interesting, I haven’t done a 5k in a long time!
    I have heard for sneaker eh-hem *smells* to make sure that they are Completely dry, and then stick them in a Ziploc in the freezer for 48 hours to kill the nasties…

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:31 am

      Thanks for the ziploc tip, I’ll have to try that next time and compare!

      I hope you’re able to have a great 5K OUTDOORS! 🙂

  2. March 12, 2015 / 10:10 am

    YAY so excited for you! I can’t wait to follow your journey.

    I keep dryer sheets in my running shoes (and actually all my shoes) at all times. They’re the BEST for traveling too. 🙂

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:32 am

      Ohhh yes, I bet they work perfectly for travel. Thanks for that idea! I’ll definitely be stuffing the shoes in my suitcase with them next time!

  3. March 12, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Chicago Marathon – Woohoooo!!! I love that you actually travel (like, hop on a plane travel) to your marathons. I have always done marathons within driving distance and feel like I need to “get out more.” I can’t wait to hear what you think about Chicago vs. Portland. I would love to run Chicago someday.

    Great shoe tip. I have never had to do this – but now I know. 🙂

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:36 am

      I’d actually really like to do a local marathon someday, but the weather down here is so unpredictable even during the winter I’m too scared to sign up. I’ve heard so many horror stories of it being 85 degrees on marathon morning even in December and January. Seasoned runners much better than me have wilted in the heat. I just try to set myself up with the right conditions. If we could get a guaranteed cold day in Florida I’d definitely run a marathon here!

      Buuuuut I do think it’s also really cool to run a marathon in another city so that you get to see it in a way that you otherwise wouldn’t. Running over the St. John’s bridge in Portland was my absolute favorite part of the race even if the climb up to it was just awful! haha

  4. March 12, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Congrats on making Chicago official! Signing up for a race always gets me super excited about my training.

    My race schedule is shaping up pretty nicely. I have a few 5ks this spring, a half in June, and a miler in July. For fall I am targeting just two races a 10 mile and a marathon.

  5. March 12, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I am already signed up for a half-marathon in Indianapolis at the beginning of November–it will be the third time I have done it! Other than that, I entered the lottery for Chicago, so we will see! 🙂

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:37 am

      I’ve got my fingers crossed that you get into Chicago!

      I LOVE doing races multiple times, especially half marathons. I think there is such a great comfort in knowing the course well!

  6. March 12, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Yea, Chicago! I’m so excited for you! I absolutely love that city and I have heard so many great things about the race.

    Adam’s quote is great. It basically sums up how my SO feels about marathons as well.

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:39 am

      Speaking of marathons … I’m counting down the hours until LA! HAVE FUN tomorrow!

  7. March 12, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Woohoo for Chicago! It seems like it would be so fun to travel for a marathon.

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:41 am

      Leading up to the race it’s really fun. Getting on the plane after the race is not so fun, haha. This year I’m going to give myself a little time to recover before jumping on a plane to come home!

  8. March 12, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Woohoo!!! I’m so excited for you!! I’m still deciding on my second full…which to run I mean.

    I can’t wait to hear your plan for this race and to follow your training!

  9. March 12, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Haha I always have the “Why am I paying to do this?!?” thoughts when I’m warming up, waiting in porta potty lines 50 runners long, and during the last couple miles..but the feeling afterwards is always SO worth it 🙂

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:42 am

      ME TOO! The whole waking up super early and port-a-potty scenario always makes me wonder why I ever sign up for races, but as soon as we start running I remember why!

  10. March 12, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Ahh! I’m so excited that you’re going to Chicago! You’re gonna have a ton of fun. I really hope I get to join you out there.

    My husband feels exactly as Adam does about running. He was shocked when I told him the price of Chicago. lol

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Yeahhh Chicago is really expensive!!! I bet it’s because it costs a lot of money to shut a city of that size down for the day.

  11. March 12, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Congrats on making Chicago official! I love getting registered for races, it gets me so pumped up!

    I’ve tried the dryer sheet thing and it didn’t work at all. But usually when I’m at the point I have to try tricks like that, the shoes are just too far gone anyway.

    • March 14, 2015 / 11:45 am

      Hahaha poor shoes! 🙂 Did you leave the dryer sheets in for the full night? I tried taking the sheets out after only a couple of hours and … my shoes needed more time.

  12. March 12, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    One of the things I like the most about running on my treadmill is that my shoes never get wet and dirty:) In fact I’m stressing about which shoes to run in for my race next weekend because it is supposed to be raining – for a trail race:(

  13. March 12, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Yipee! And such a cool tip, I had no idea. Fall is pretty sparse come April 😉

  14. March 12, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    I regularly run in minimalist shoes without socks. My shoes often smell “interesting”. Makes you kinda glad that running is a solo sport most of the time! Thanks for the dryer sheet tip!!

  15. March 13, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Yay for making Chicago official!:D so excited for you!:D

    I have Berlin Half now in March (Germany), Oslo Half in September (here in Norway), and Firenze Marathon in November (Italy). And I’m thinking of signing up for a trail race in San Francisco (I don’t really do trail runs, but it’s the only race I was able to find at the time I’m there, soo..) 🙂 it would be my first race outside Europe so it would be pretty cool no matter how bad it goes hahah :3

  16. March 13, 2015 / 11:59 am

    Congrats on getting into Chicago! That’s gonna be a great race! (Nice and flat course too:))

  17. March 13, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    That is so exciting!!
    Rest that leg!!! Sorry, aches and pains make me paranoid now :/
    Good tip! I have had that happen to me – I am like hmmph, what smells?! Oh, it’s me LOL

  18. March 13, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Woo hoo! I loved Chicago! I know you will have a blast!
    I feel like I always have my races planned at least a year in advance. I already have a race on Oct 11. And I think I want my fall 2016 race to be Marine Corp Marathon. Then again I really want to do NY, so I’d probably apply for that first.
    Neat to know about the dryer sheet! I would have never thought of that!

  19. March 14, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Congrats on getting into Chicago, I cannot even imagine how excited you are! I am actually just in the process of deciding a fall race myself. I just completed my second marathon…maybe I’ll do a third in the fall but who knows…

  20. March 14, 2015 / 10:16 am

    My shoe are getting a little iffy so thanks for the dryer sheet tip! In fact, I prob need new shoes. Mine are from October.

  21. March 24, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Oh, man, I am SO behind on your adventures! Allow me to backstalk a bit and say CONGRATS! That is SOOOOO exciting! I’m dying to run Chicago. I can’t wait to follow along with your training. SUPER EXCITED FOR YOU!