2018 Fort 2 Base

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Miler race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’m pretty excited that I’ll be running my favorite race again for BibRave.  Though the venue has changed a bit from previous years due to security on the Great Lake Naval Base, the race organizers have always done a great job to ensure this is a memorable race and I’m sure that this year will be no different!  There are two different distances that you can choose from and it’s not your normal race distances.  These are nautical miles which puts a great spin on a distance that you may not have ever run.  There is the 10 nautical mile or the 3 nautical miler and it will be a point to point race.  Keep an eye on the website for the confirmed race route coming soon!

Register HERE!

Pricing Structure

2-1-18 to 4-30-18   10 NM   $60   3 NM   $30
5-1-18 to 6-30-18   10 NM   $70   3 NM   $35
7-1-18 to 8-22-18   10 NM   $80   3 NM   $40
Race Weekend      10 NM   $90   3 NM   $45
* Please check the website for pricing for Active Duty & Reservists, Retired & Dependents, Veterans, and a Virtual Run!


Under Armour Mountain Series: Copper Mountain

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Under Armour Mountain Series Copper Mountain as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Do you love running in the mountains with a beautiful backdrop?  Does 12,313 feet of elevation sound appealing to you?  Has a trip to the Rocky Mountains been on your list?  How about a challenging race that will test out your legs?

Then the Under Armour Mountain Series of races is for you!  Especially Copper Mountain and all of the beauty that surrounds it.  There are distances for everyone from the 5K, 10K, 25K, to the 50K!

Schedule of Events
Friday, July 13, 2018
Location: Copper Mountain (Burning Stones Plaza)
2:00PM – Packet Pickup Starts
8:00PM – Packet Pickup Finishes
Saturday, July 14, 2018
5:30AM – Packet Pickup Starts
7:00AM – 50K Race Start
7:30AM – 25K Race Start
8:00AM – 10K Race Start
8:30AM – 5K Race Start
2:30PM – Award Ceremony**

Prices as of today:
50k – $99
25k – $79
10k – $59
5k – $39

Your registration will also get you a commemorative runner package that includes: Bib Number, Timing Chip, Finisher Medal, Under Armour Long Sleeve Technical Running Tee, and 3-Month MVP MapMyRun Access to Training Plans, Nutrition, and Insider Product Content.


Follow along on social media at the links below for more information and photos of this exciting event!
#uamtnrunning, #coppermountain

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

“Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

I’m so excited to be running the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky this fall.  I’ve been wanting to run this for the last couple of year after seeing some fellow BibRave Pros blogs and posts about it.  Also, since I’m not running a marathon this fall, it’s a perfect opportunity to run this half and go for that PR!

Besides running a fun bourbon themed race, I’m looking forward to seeing that cool medal in my hands and the post race 4 course bourbon themed dinner hosted by one of my favorite chefs, Edward Lee.  I’m a bit of a foodie so this is right up my alley.

This gives me 262 days to train for speed and endurance!  If you’d like to join me,  use the code “BourbonRave2018” to save 10% on your race entry and this is valid from February 1st!


Athlinks is partnering with BibRave!

“Disclaimer: I am promoting Athlinks as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

BibRave has partnered with Athlinks!!  Check out the article here!

So what is Athlinks?  It’s the largest database of race results for just about every running, biking, obstacle course, and triathlon race out there.  They’ll find the results and add them to the database and link them to your account.  You can also search out your results and claim them so it gets added to your page!

The Overview page lists all of your personal records, statistics, and upcoming races.  There are pages for more details on these races on your Results or Statistics pages.  It also lists just how many races you’ve been in as well the mileage and how you rank amongst other Athlinks members.


The Results page is a more detailed collection of your races by year with your pace and how you fair against racers of the same sex or age.  It’s a great collection of your accomplishments so you know just how you’re doing.



The Rivals page is a little competitive feature where you can see how you do against your friends or people you follow.  There is a tally of your wins/losses for races that you have participated in together!  This is such a fun option of the app and gives you a little friendly competition.

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The Statistics page gives you all of your personal best races for each distance of race and the percentage of how you finished compared to others.


Claim your race results between now and January 8 and you’ll be entered to win a free 2018 race entry to events like Spartan, Leadville, Chicago Half Marathon, and Miami Marathon or a one-year premium TrainingPeaks subscription!  Check it out here!



Here is my page if you’d like to follow and become my rival!


Running my first 50 mile trail race!

I know I said I’d never run another half marathon after my first years back.  I also said I’d never run another marathon after ripping my quad tendon in 2016.  I am the person who said I’d never ever run an ultra.

Well now this is awkward.  I’m signed up for the Mohican 50 mile trail race in Ohio this June.  I can’t believe I’m actually saying that.  This will be quite an undertaking and thankfully I have a running coach who can assist me in my needs.  The exciting part will be the terrain and scenery on the trails.  I’ve watched so many Youtube videos on the race and am really looking forward to the challenge.

It will be a challenge!  50 freaking miles!!  Honestly, I’m not thinking about a finish time or race goal and am taking the time to just enjoy the experience and test my limits.  I’ll rest when I need to and eat when I need to.  I’ll take some videos and action shots and meet new people.

Stay tuned to training posts and how much more excited I get as race time nears!

So long 2017

With only a few days remaining in 2017, I looked back on this year and can say that it wasn’t half bad.  It didn’t start at all the way I had hoped but I came back from that setback thanks to the amazing support from friends and family.  I made some great new friends and met some of them in person.  I ran with some of my favorite people in a bunch of races and I got the opportunity to be part of the BibRave, Orange Mud, and AfterShokz families!  Let’s take a look at how things went…

This is how I spent the winter months after having surgery to repair a torn quad and subsequently a bout with Bell’s Palsy.  I ended up kicking major ass during my rehabilitation and came back earlier than I thought I would. My orthopedic surgeon and my physical therapist would say I pushed it and they’re probably not wrong.

My first race back was the Ravenswood Run 5K that I apparently was not prepared for so soon after surgery.  It was truly hard to get back in the saddle.  It felt as if my lungs were going to explode during this race!


Next came one of my favorite races, the North Shore Classic half marathon.  I run this every year and did pretty well in years past but once again, I fell short of my goal but still got to run with some of my favorites!


My next race for the season was a race I’ve always wanted to run and that was the Rock N Roll half marathon.  It was hot on this day…really hot!  Days like this are tough to run in but when you have awesome friends, it makes it all worth it!


August brought me my all time favorite race and that’s the Fort 2 Base 10 nautical miler from Fort Sheridan to Great Lake Naval Base.  I was a tad slower than last year but definitely felt myself getting stronger.  My surgeon said that with my type of surgery, it would take a full year to be 100% and I was starting to notice how much better I felt.


September brought me the Chicago Half Marathon and another race I’ve always wanted to run because of the incredible huge medals.  The weather for this race was in the upper 80’s and was just brutal to finish.  I ran/walked the last few miles of the race and was so dehydrated.


Then came Chicago Marathon weekend and the International 5K on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.  The 5K was tons of fun and a great warmup/shakeout run before the big race.  The marathon was supposed to be my redemption race after last years attempt and tearing of my quad tendon.  Well, it didn’t quite turn out how I planned.  I just don’t think I trained the right way for this distance and my knee started to get fatigued half way through.  While I did finish, it just wasn’t how I wanted to.



I finished my 2017 race season in a very special way running the first race I ever ran, the Hot Chocolate 5K.

So, where does this leave me?  I can’t be too frustrated with this past year after some setbacks and I’m harder on myself than I should be.  I was probably just upset that I had a great 2016 and PR’d so many races that I thought that would continue into 2017.  It was a challenge and a fun one at that.  I learned so much about myself and what my limitations are.  2018 is going to be the year I take my health and my training seriously and have already decided on a running coach and picking just the right races for me.  You’ll see me at these races (So far) for 2018:

  • North Shore Classic Half Marathon (Highland Park, IL)
  • Mohican 50 Mile Trail Race (Ohio)
  • Spartan Super Race (Chicago)
  • Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Miler (Fort Sheridan, IL)
  • 9/11 Heroes Run in full firefighter gear (Chicago)
  • Golden Leaf Half Marathon (Colorado)
  • Hot Chocolate 15K (Chicago)

Thanks to these people and many more for a great 2017 and I hope to see more in 2018!




New Years Eve 5K

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting the New Years Eve 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Are you looking for a fun short 5K race before you begin your New Years Eve festivities? Chicago Sport & Social Club is hosting this year’s 5K and it will start and end at the Theater on the Lake. The scenic 5K loop runs along Lincoln Park and the Lakefront. All runners will receive a custom winter wearable and finisher toast and will be greeted with hot chocolate and warming blankets at the finish line. There’s no better way to start your day and earn your right to party into the New Year!


5k registration fees
$45.00 – Nov 28-Dec 23
$55.00 – Dec 24-Dec 31

Packet Pick-Up
Saturday, December 30
Fleet Feet Sports, Old Town (1620 N. Wells St.)
11am – 5 pm


Race Day
Race Village – Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lakeshore Drive
7:30am – 8:30am

The New Year’s Eve 5K is proud to support Special Olympics Chicago as the charity partner.

Event Times
7:30am – gear check opens
8:30am – group stretch & warm up
8:45am – start corral opens
9:00am – 5k race begins
9:30am – post race celebration
12:00pm – celebration ends

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