The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon – Chicago’s Hometown Race Giveaway!

Good afternoon!

Thank you to everyone for all their positive comments and stories on yesterday’s blog post. It really helps a lot to hear all your encouragement and know that people have been in similar situations!

And while we’re on the subject of half marathons, I have a great giveaway today – one free entry to the Chicago Half Marathon on September 8, 2013 at Jackson Park, Chicago.

Of course, you’ll need to be in Chicago on September 8th to win, so please only enter if you’ll be able to run the race.

To enter: Leave a comment below saying that you would like to be entered into the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.

For an extra entry: Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, or blog about the giveaway and comment below letting me know you did.

Giveaway will end Thursday, July 18th. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 8.23 mile bike ride

Yesterday evening, the kids went to a last-minute park district activity, so that left Danny and me with two unplanned hours of kid-free time. That never happens. We decided to take advantage of the free time and go for a bike ride.



It was our first bike ride ever with just the two of us.


On our bike ride, one of my biggest fears happened – as we were riding down the bike trail, a huge snake slithered out right it front of my bike (I don’t care what Danny says – that snake was huge. And I don’t care what my dad says, it was probably poisonous).

Okay, maybe it wasn’t huge or poisonous, but it really startled me. That is not my idea of fun. I screamed and took off on my bike – that was the fastest and hardest that I have ever rode my bike in my life. Danny slammed on his breaks because my scream scared him and he had to avoid hitting the snake.

As I am pedaling away as fast as I can, I just hear him laughing behind me. Thanks, Danny. That’s sweet. All I can say is thank goodness I hadn’t been running. I would have been even more upset…but I probably would have ran really fast.

After that little fiasco, we rode a total of 8.23 miles. I burned 319 calories this time, a little bit more than my bike ride with Jacob.


Danny and I rode some fast miles, but we also rode some slow miles because my quad would start to hurt. It was a really nice bike ride and I’m glad that I got to ride with my husband.

When we picked the kids up and told them about the snake, the first thing Jaden asked was if I took a picture of it. No, I didn’t stop to take a picture of it – I was busy pedaling as fast as I could and watching my heart rate jump from 110 to 160 in 5 seconds.

I have to share this picture of my niece in my Spibelt because she’s so darn cute. :)


Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Butts and Guts class was tough today. It was a substitute instructor and she did the whole class on the Bosu ball, which was tough. It was a lot of leg work which killed my already sore legs. I am all for hard workouts, but I have a feeling my legs aren’t going to be too happy tomorrow.

Have a great afternoon!

Comment below to win an entry into the 17th annual Chicago Half Marathon!




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32 Responses to The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon – Chicago’s Hometown Race Giveaway!

  1. Tiffany Kaluzny

    I would definitely like to be entered :) I love your top!

  2. Lisa

    I would LOVE an entry!!!!

  3. I would LOVE an entry! I love half marathons and live closeish to Chicago. Perfect!

  4. Marlene

    I’ve never encountered a snake on a ride or run, but I did encounter a bear on a bike ride while in Canada….I immediately turned around and rode as fast as I could….but he could really have cared less about me, but I wasn’t taking any chances :)

  5. Teresa M.

    I would like to be entered into the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.

  6. Teresa M.

    I shared on Facebook.

  7. I’d love to get entered. I just ran my first 5k this weekend, but have been running close to HM distances on casual runs,

  8. Ack!!! I hate snakes with a passion!!! Once I was running a trail pushing the jogging stroller and a HUGE(really it was) snake slithered out in front of us. I turned around and ran us home(about a mile) so fast that I probably could have qualified for the Olympics! Maybe that is what we need, someone to run behind us during a 5k with a snake dangling behind us, lol!!!

  9. Jill

    I would love to be entered in the Chicago Half giveaway! Thanks so much.

  10. Jill

    I shared on Facebook. Thanks. =)

  11. Pamela Schultz

    I would love to be entered for the half marathon!

  12. Julie

    I would love to be entered in for the half.

  13. Anna

    Enter me for the half marathon please!!!

  14. Amy t

    Would love the entry. That is actually my pr half; contemplated signing up again but never did. Might be meant to be.

  15. I would definitely like to be entered! I have been training by doing daily runs, but I’m currently not registered for any races. In other words, I’m all basically all dressed up with no place to go!

  16. Also, I tweeted about the giveaway, too!

  17. Losinglindy

    Since I am going to do the half the following weekend, why not make it a back to back one. Count me in.

  18. Losinglindy

    OOOH and I too hate snakes with all sorts of vengeance.

  19. I would love to be entered! I’ve heard great things about this race. :)

  20. I’d love to enter and hopefully win. It would not only be a great birthday gift (it’s on the 27th), but I’ve been looking at a new Chicago half since the RnR isn’t fun anymore.

  21. Kristin Zajac

    I’d live to be entered for the half marathon give away! I tweeted it too! @kristinzajac23 THANKS!!

  22. Bill Homoky

    I would like to be entered into the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.

  23. Jessie

    Ha Ha, it’s so funny how different guys & ladies think when it comes to things like snakes, or bugs.

  24. The Chicago Half is one of my favorite races so I would love to win an entry!

    Also, I totally feel you on the whole snake thing! I did come across one one time when I was running and I screamed at the top of my lungs. My friend Kim just laughed hysterically at me.

  25. P.S. I Tweeted about your giveaway here.

  26. Bridget

    I want to win an entry! I shared on FB and tweeted too.

  27. Melanie

    Please include me in the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway!

  28. Gabrielle

    I would love the chance to run this race! I’m still a relatively new runner and this would be my first half-marathon….I’m also moving to Chicago at the beginning of September and would love for this to be my way of celebrating this move! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!!

  29. Gabrielle

    I just tweeted too!

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