Running Pop Quiz

Well, I am still in Chicago enjoying vacation, so my Chicago Marathon Recap will be up on Wednesday. I promise! (It is taking me a while to write!) The Hungry Runner Girl posted this pop quiz last week, and encouraged others to answer, and share it! So here you have it! My answers to the pop quiz!

1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

Definitely Gu Chomps! All the way! I can not handle regular Gu – the texture gets to me.

2. Race Length: 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

My favorite distance is probably the  marathon. Crossing the finish line of a marathon is a pretty wonderful feeling. There really is nothing else like it!

3. Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants or Other?

I love a good running skirt, as long as they have shorts underneath, and those shorts have antislip bands on the seams. Very important!

4. Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

I’m a fan of Gatorade, as long as it is watered down. The full brew stuff is wayyy too sugary for my tastes!

5. Running Temperatures: HEAT or COLD?

Definitely cold!! I feel like I can run for soo much longer when it is cold out, compared to the stick heat! I am so much more comfortable in cooler running temps!

6. Running Shoe Brands: Suacony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics or Other?

I’m a Brooks Glycerins girl! Through and through!

7. Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

I eat a bagel (or english muffin) with peanut butter. It is perfect!

8. Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x or more per week, never ever ever or Other?

I like to run 4-5 days a week, cross train 2 days, and have 1 rest day. ALWAYS have rest days!!!

9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?

Depends – long runs, I must have music. I just get bored way, way too fast! But easy 3-5 mile run, I can easily get by with just the thoughts in my head

10. #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?

My #1 reason is because it is the one thing in my life that is 100% for me, and no one else. I run because I love the sport and the community that it provides. It is so much fun!

Now it’s your turn! Answer a couple of questions in the comments, or post this quiz yourself! :)


A Big Chicago Thanks!

Needless to say, today was by far the smartest, most uplifting marathon I have ever completed. I can’t wait to share my recap(I PR’d!!), but just know how thankful I am for all of the support I received today and yesterday leading up to the race. The number of tweets, texts, and Facebook posts I received was unreal. I’m off to enjoy the city some more, but felt compelled to say thanks first. I have a smile just thinking about today!


The Chicago Marathon Race Expo

It’s official – I am ready to run the Chicago Marathon!

We got into the city early Friday morning, so we had plenty of time to play around yesterday, and were able to make it to the expo before the crowds hit. We even got a nice warm welcome at the airport!

 My sister-in-law lives in Chicago, and was super pumped for our arrival as well. She is pretty darn crafty, and got creative with our welcome sign. It brought a huge smile to my face!

Anyhow, back to the expo! A word of advice – get in town on Friday instead of Saturday for this marathon. The expo was incredibly enjoyable! I didn’t have to wait in a line for anytime at all. It was pretty bare actually…

The volunteers all mentioned that they were expecting the majority of people to get their packets today (Saturday), knew everything was going to get crazy. I was able to get my bib within about 3 minutes from walking through the front doors. I brought my registration card that was mailed to me, and went to my sectioned bib number line. The volunteer grabbed by confirmation card, and grabbed my race number. She then proceeded to scan it with this…

The technology that was used to double and triple check that the correct race credentials were given to the right runner was pretty impressive. The information that pertained to me popped up immediately, and I knew it was all perfect! Then I went and grabbed my race-shirt and swag bag, which was located all the way in the back of the expo hall. It was kind of a pain to have to walk through all of the vendors to get the second part of the packet, but it wasn’t too bad since there were no lines. I would imagine that people who went today probably had a different experience! I grabbed my shirt, and was off to explore!

There were a lot of good vendors that had their best race gear there. Nike, the sponsor of the race, had more race specific gear than I have seen at any other expo. They had the most fun colors for their tops, but I had my eyes set on something else!

I found my marathon coffee mug! I have so many things from everything that I have run over the years, so I don’t usually buy much at the expo. I do love to see everything that the vendors and sponsors have though!

And the absolute best part of it all – the race conditions!

The marathon team has been sending out emails all week letting the participants know what to expect on race day. This year, I got unbelievable lucky with great conditions. Past years have been in the high risk conditions, but this year is ideal running weather.

After doing my shakeout run this morning, I FINALLY feel like I am ready to race!! My legs are loose and rested, my head is clear, and I am ready to conquer 26.2 miles for the 7th time!

Bring it on Chicago Marathon!!


Headed to Chicago & Zooma Race Discount!

Happy Friday to you and travel day to me! I am currently on my way to Chicago for the marathon!! I am crazy excited that the race is finally here, and took advantage of getting a nice and early flight out this morning to head up to the Windy City. I took the day off of work, so I might as well get the most out of my day! ;) The only thing that I have on tap for today is to head to the race expo! I’ve heard such great things about it, and can’t wait to spend a couple of hours just walking around and chatting with the different exhibitors. Yep, I’m a total #runnerd!! ;)

If you are interested in tracking me on Sunday, sign up here for updates through text, Facebook, or Twitter. My bib is #3870 – I would love your support!

Before getting lost in my runner’s oasis, I have something very worth while to share with you today! A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was chosen as a Zooma Race Ambassador. Well, today you have the opportunity to register for the either the 5k or the 10k, and $10 of your registration fee will go directly to a charity of my choice, on top of getting 10% off. Pretty cool, huh?!

All you need to do is use the Promo Code FLAMB8, and the portion of your registration fee will be sent to help others. There is a catch – you can use this code for 10% the race, but the charitable donation is only able to be given today, October 5th! If you have been waiting to register for this fun girls weekend, don’t wait any longer! Even better – if you register before November 4th, you will get a running care package mailed directly to where you live to help you prep for Zooma! Seems like a win-win to me!

So what charity will your donation be given to if you register today? I have chosen the Make-A-Wish Foundation as my charity to support. When I was in college, my sorority, Chi Omega, supported Make A Wish in all of our fundraising efforts. I really grew attached to the organization, and love the amazing opportunities they can provide to kids with a life-threatening illness. I would be thrilled for Zooma to help contribute to making a kid’s wish come true!

Something I forgot to mention Wednesday… Fitness Magazine featured a recipe of mine as a healthy lunch option. Be sure to go check it out if you are looking to change-up your lunch routine for the better!

Anyone else headed up to Chicago? Tweet at me (@marybaum20) and hopefully we can meet up! What charity would you choose to have your portion donated to? Do you prefer to take early flights on travel days, or sleep in?