Category: Tuesdays on the Run

Quest Nutrition Beyond Cereal Bar

I am pretty new to Quest Nutrition.  I had heard of them but thought that it was just another protein bar that everyone eats and raves about.  It wasn’t until I read Marcia’s post that I decided to try them out.  Delicious!

When Quest Nutrition asked me to try their Beyond Cereal Bars, I couldn’t say no.  I already like the protein bar so this one must be just as good or even better.  

One of the cool things about these bars is that you can get them at your nearby 7-Eleven.  This is perfect when going on a road trip or running errands and you are in need of a snack or a quick breakfast.

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For me these are perfect as a pre-and-post workout snack.  They’re tasty and filling.

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I am taking swimming classes in one gym and then go to another one to run.  These are great to eat in between workouts.

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There are 3 flavors: Chocolate, Waffle, and Cinnamon Roll.  I love chocolate so naturally the one I liked the best is the chocolate flavor.

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Each bar has 110 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 6-7 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they’re sweetened with allulose which is a sweetener that is found in small quantities in foods like figs and raisins.

Even my cat was curious about them!  <<She did not eat them but was very curious about it.

Remember, you can buy the Quest Nutrition Cereal Bars 24/7 at 7-Eleven.  

Have you tried these bars?  What did you think of them?

I am linking up with MarciaErika, and Patti for today’s Tuesdays on the Run.



Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th

This morning I ran the Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th.  This was my 5th year running it.  It is also one of my favorite races.

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I woke up early, made coffee and ate a Clif Bar and left my house around 6am.  The race started at 7:15.  I like to get there early so I can find parking.  So far I’ve been able to park in the same spot/area as in previous years.  I got my bib and tshirt.  The shirt is actually nice!

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I met up with a few of the Oiselle crew for a picture.  

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Finally it was time to run.  The course is not flat.  It isn’t horrible but any little incline tires me out.  🙂

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As usual, I started too fast.  When will I ever learn?  My first mile was my fastest and then it went downhill.  However, I surprised myself because my last mile was my second fastest.  

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It wasn’t too hot but it was very sunny.  I remember at one point I just got very hot and had to stop for a bit. There was plenty of water stations and I drank water at every single one.  There weren’t too many people out there but those that were there were WONDERFUL.    They cheered and encouraged us throughout the way.

With less than a quarter mile to go I could see the finish line.  However, there was an incline. I did my best to run instead of walk.  Nothing wrong with that but I wanted to see if I could do it.  And I did!  I was running next to a woman and I somehow got a burst of energy and ended up passing her up.

My official time is 42:37.  I knew I was not going to PR and I did have fun running this race.

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I was looking at my pictures from previous races and I have worn the same socks.  Also, I have worn running clothes in the same colors to go with the 4th of July theme.

This day is extra special to me.  It was in 1978 that my mother along with my siblings arrived here from Mexico.  I’ve been living in this country for 39 years.

How will you be celebrating today?  My two sisters and I will be heading over to my cousin’s house to eat, laugh, and have a great time.

I am linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patti for today’s Tuesdays on the Run.


Scenes from my gym

Last month I joined a new gym – Fitness Formula Club.  Not only do I like it but I LOVE it!  I’ve been going a few times already and pretty much have figured it out.

The two locations I go to are South Loop and West Loop.  South Loop is closer to my house, has one floor, does not get crowded, and is located closer to the parking lot.  West Loop has an indoor and outdoor pool and has two floors.  Both locations offer free 2 hour parking.

As a new member, I received 4 “free” personal training sessions.  I did have to pay a “more than I wanted to pay” enrollment fee.  But if I go at least 36 times within 90 days of signing up, I get back my enrollment fee in FF Bucks which I can use for spa services (massage, manicure, pedicure, facial) or more personal training sessions.  Love it!

Now let’s look inside the gym and the locker room.

  • Lots of counter space and plenty of mirrors.


  • Rows and rows of lockers.


  • Love that my big water bottle fits here and I can fill it up to the top.


  • Each locker has its own lock that you can set with your combination number.


  • There is body lotion, cotton balls, and arm deodorizer.  The showers also have shampoo, conditioner, and body gel.


  • A hair dryer AND a flat iron.


  • Lots of towels to use for your workout and to shower.
  • You can order a smoothie and/or lunch to eat onsite or take it with you.  They always have smoothie samples and they’re delicious.  


    • Plenty of treadmills, bikes, ellipticals.



      • Free computers and a TV.
    • A variety of group fitness classes to choose from throughout the day.  Depending on the location, the earliest will be 5:15 am and the latest will be at 7:30 pm. 


      • The outside pool.  I know you cannot really see it but it is there.


  • A bathing suit spinner/wringer and bags to take said bathing suit home.

So, can you tell I am excited about it?  This summer they have a great referral program.  If a friend joins by June 30th, you get a free month of membership.  

Do you have a gym membership?  How often do you go?  Do you like it?

I am linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patti for today’s Tuesdays on the Run.


May 2017 in Review

I cannot believe May is almost over.  Even more I cannot believe we are almost halfway through the year.  I have not done a monthly review in a long time so here is one for May.

Miles Ran/Last Month:  115.45/90.22.  I did 19 runs this month for a total of 23 hours, 21 minutes, and 41 seconds.  

Highest Mileage Week:  38.13.  This was during the second week this month and it took me 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 41 seconds.

Races Planned/Completed:  2/2.  The Cinco de Miler was for a friend to celebrate her getting a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  She did not attend commencement but instead asked her family and friends to run with her.  I also ran the Soldier Field 10 Mile which I signed up for back in November when it was $59.  I’ve run it in the past and have always enjoyed it.  This year was no exception.  The weather was perfect, plenty of parking and I felt great for most of the race.   

Current Ache/Pain:  Sometimes my knees hurt.  I need to do a better job of icing them.  On the positive side, my IT band does not hurt as much when I foam roll.

Current Challenge:  None.

Current Book:  None, but I need to get a copy of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck for book club next month.  Have you read that book?

Current Song:  Won’t Go Home Without You by Maroon 5.  I can listen to this all day.

Current Treat:  Cold Brew Coffee from Starbucks.     xSo good.

Next Race(s):  Utah Valley Half Marathon on June 10.

Current Excitement:  I am excited about my race in Utah.  I will be running with Holly, Marcia, Mary Beth, and Teresa and am looking forward to meeting them (I met Marcia in March 2015 at a race but have not seen her since that race).  My last half marathon was the Buffalo Half Marathon last year so it is time to do another one.  Also, in July I will be in Seattle for one day and then head out to Alaska for a running cruise in which I will also run a half marathon and cross off AK off my list for state #38.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


Summer Scenes from my Run

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


I am currently training for my 8th marathon, the Chicago Marathon.  For this marathon training I decided to use the Hansons Marathon Training Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles.  These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day. 

What I’ve learned so far is that I am CONSTANTLY TIRED.  I mean, definitely more tired than usual.  I try to go to sleep no later than 10 and have been sleeping in till almost 8.  When I go back to work next month, I need to be up at 6; so it will be interesting to see how that goes.



I do my runs on the treadmill, by my house, and along the lakefront.  On Tuesday I have a speed workout and on Thursday a tempo run.  For those two I run them on the treadmill because they help me stay on pace.  I don’t mind it too much.  I do like running on the treadmill.  Most people call it dreadmill but I don’t.  🙂  Time goes faster for me when I listen to fun music and watch a show on my Ipad.



Sometime I like to match.  Why not?



Saturday and Sunday are for easy/long runs.  I pace the 11:00 group beginning at 6:30 and we get to run along the lakefront.  Gorgeous views and I love it!  Lately, it has been hot outside that I’ve run some of my easy/long runs on the treadmill.  Just this past Sunday I ran 14 miles on the treadmill.  I was definitely exhausted afterwards.



I live close to Midway Airport and I love to see the planes take off and land.  Sometimes I think about where the plane is going to and where I would go if I had the chance to go anywhere at the moment (Answer: Greece, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Alaska).




Loved my run on the trail.  Have not been back.  I was supposed to go this past Sunday but I overslept.

That time it was icy and slippery!

  I welcome this now but will be complaining when it is here.

I like a variety for my runs but I know I still need to explore a little bit more in this great city.