2018 North Shore Classic

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the North Shore Classic Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I’ve run the North Shore Half Marathon just about every year since it’s my hometown and the course is just beautiful.  The community support for this race just cannot be beat.  There is so much to see on this slightly hilly course especially when you hit the old Fort Sheridan Army Base and the historic buildings.  If you’re looking to challenge your legs in one of the Chicagoland lakefront courses, the join me and run the half!

Date: June 3, 2018

Where: Highland Park, Illinois at the intersection of Central Avenue and St. John’s Avenue.

Register herehttps://ramraces.enmotive.com/events/register/2018-north-shore-half-marathon

Use the code BRNorthShore to get a free pair of sunglasses1

Price: $74 for the half and $44 for the 5K

Packet Pickup: Fleet Feet Sports Old Town 1706 North Wells Street, Chicago, Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm




My week in training 4/9 – 4/15

4/9   Cross training 30 minutes

4/10   6 miles at 10:00 to 10:30 pace

Treadmill running at 9:13 pace.  HR Z1 1:11, Z2 4:59, Z3 18:49, Z4 30:19

4/11   1 mile WU, 3 miles at 9:00, 1 mile CD

Ran WU mile at 10:11 pace, 3 miles at 9:00 pace, CD mile at 10:09 pace.  HR Z1 0:48, Z2 1:18, Z3 3:18, Z4 9:59, Z5 11:56.

4/12   5 miles at 10:00 to 10:30 pace

4/13   Rest Day

Ran some extra miles and ended up doing 3.61 miles ta 9:39 pace.  HR Z1 2:52, Z2 11:54, Z3 14:09, Z4 5:44.

4/14   10 miles, first 9 at 10:00 to 10:30, last mile at 9:00 pace

4/15   30 minutes Cross training

I ran some mileage on my last day in Boston just to see the sights.  Ended up running 3.32 miles at 11:51 pace.  HR Z1 1:50, Z2 9:36, Z3 16:10, Z4 10:11, Z5 1:34.

My week in training 4/2 – 4/8

It’s time to get my head back on straight and recover from a lapse in training while on vacation and way too much fast food.  I really need to step up my game and hit the pavement a little stronger and faster.  I probably gained a few pounds that I worked hard to get off.  Luckily, I’m back with my motivation and refreshed legs and will push it hard over the next few weeks.

4/2   30 minutes of cross training

Tonight at the gym was 30 minutes and 7.7 miles.  I fluctuated between 14.9 and 16.8 mph and it was set at level 5.  My HR didn’t get over 149.  It pretty much stayed in HR zones 2 and 3.  Then I decided to get some leg strengthening in with the leg press.  I ended up doing 5 sets of 10 at 270 lbs and then 3 sets of 10 at 360 lbs.

4/3   5 easy miles at 10:00-10:30 pace

Ran my first real run after vacation on the treadmill with the power going off twice during my run.  I ran these at a 9:45 pace.  HR Zones were Z1 0:32, Z2 1:57, Z3 6:04, Z4 17:36, Z5 22:36.  Obviously this wasn’t my best run and it was hard on the heart and lungs.

4/4   6.5 miles, 1 mile WU, 2 miles at 8:40, 4 min jog, 2 miles at 8:40, 1 mile CD

This run was after a long day in class and my first shift back at the firehouse after vacation.  I didn’t start my run until about 8pm.  The WU mile was at 8:53 with my HR in Z1 0:44, Z2 2:10, Z3 5:24, Z4 0:33.  The next 4.5 miles were a lot faster than my previous runs and I felt it in my chest.  I averaged a 8:53 pace for the tempo.  The CD mile was at 9:10 pace.

4/5   4 easy miles at 10:00-10:30 pace

Ran my 4 miles at the gym and ended up at an 9:41 pace.  My HR zones were as follows: Z1 1:54, Z2 10:22, Z3 26:28.  I really need to find answers on why my HR fluctuates so much since I stayed out of Z4 and Z5 on this run.

4/6   Rest Day!

I need this day not physically but mentally.  It’s been a stressful week with a promotional fire department class and upcoming Battalion Chief’s promotion testing.  My head is just all over the place.  I plan on doing nothing tonight but vegging.

4/7   7 easy miles at 10:00-10:30 pace

On duty for this run but will still have plenty of time to get acquainted with the treadmill.  I ran the miles at a 10:23 average pace with HR zones as follows: Z1 2:31, Z2 9:32, Z3 50:44, Z4 9:17, Z5 ZERO.  I foam rolled my calves before the run since they were tight and swollen.  I think it helped the run since I didn’t get much Achilles pain.

4/8   30 minutes of cross training

Why should you run the Cinco de Miler?

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the RAM Racing Cinco De Miler as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

With the weather turning into spring, most of us are getting ancy to get out and find that first nice weather race.  If you’re in the Chicago area, it comes a little later in the year if you’re not brave enough to run the early spring snowy races.  That’s where the Cinco de Miler race comes in.  It’s on May 5 and here’s a bunch of reasons to come run it!

  1. It runs along the scenic Montrose Harbor!
  2. The race shirt is festive and colorful!
  3. The race medal is not only cool looking but it’s also a bottle opener!!
  4. The charity is for Gilda’s Club which ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community and also is an essential complement to medical care, providing healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures, support and networking groups, social opportunities and resource referrals.
  5. FREE race photos!
  6. There is race packet mailing!
  7. The race starts at 8:30am so you can get a little more sleep in!
  8. Nuun sports drink at the aid stations!
  9. Finish line fiesta with Breakfast Tacos, Horchata, Mexican sweets and your first beer (Dos XX Lager, Amstel Light) is on the house!
  10. Post race party with Human Foosball, Luchadore ring, and mechanical bull riding!

How’s that for a great race?!  Use the code BRCinco when you register to get a great pair of sunglasses for free!

#bibchat #bibravepro, #CincoBR

My week in training 3/26 – 4/1

Running in the hot weather is a shock to the body after coming from a cold Chicago winter.  But, vacation doesn’t necessarily mean no running!  I’m still in training for a few races with the Byline Chicago Spring Half Marathon 10k being the first.  It’s only 6 miles, but I mentally need to be under 60 minutes and a goal of 54 minutes is within reach.  My coach has prepared me for learning what my body needs and I’ve learned a great deal.  No wonder I was getting so injured before I worked with her!  I had no idea how to train properly!

3/26   It was a cross training day so I did some hiking and beach wading with some core work involved.  Vacation is rough and the ocean was oh so hard on my body!  LOL

3/27   Today, I ran 6 miles and the weather was thick and hot!  It’s really not easy to breathe (or should I say pant) in this type of weather.  The first two miles were quite painful for my Achilles and I stopped to stretch it a couple of times.  After the first couple of miles, it feels absolutely fine.  Not sure why it happens because I rolled and stretched before I started.  HR stayed out of Z5 so there’s a plus!

3/28   Tempo Day!  I started later in the day when it was hotter than hell.  Smart.  The warm up mile was around 9:30 pace and the speed tempos were much faster than I wanted.  I still had major calf pain in the WU mile and not sure why that is.  It is pretty brutal and though it goes away after a mile or two, I’d like to know how to fix it.

3/29   5 miles of easy running.  Not much to say about it, but vacation makes following a training plan difficult to follow and succeed at it.

3/30   Rest day and last day of vacation means beach time.

3/31   It was supposed to be my long run of 11 miles but travelling just doesn’t allow for it.  I drove for 12 hours and I just didn’t have any time or availability to get in the run.  Cue the mini violins.

4/1   This day was all about driving home and I didn’t get my body moving as much as I would have liked.  I just needed the rest after a long drive.

My week in training 3/19-3/25

Training is definitely tough when you travel quite a bit and have such an odd schedule.  I despise the treadmill so much but when it’s all you have, it’s better than not running at all.  This week was HM training week 6 and I’ve been having a great time with my coaches plan.  She really gets me and pushed me to do my best without injuring myself!  I’m training for a few runs at the same time right now with my first being the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May.  I’m running the 10K since I have a tough schedule ahead.  I’m hoping to keep a 9 minute pace for that race.  That will lead to my brutal June with the North Shore Half Marathon and the Mohican 50 miler!

3/19   Cross Training for 30 minutes: Rode the Matrix bike at the gym for 30 minutes and ended up doing 6 miles.  HR stayed in Z1 for 18:57 and Z2 for 10:49.   Hmm, maybe I needed to push myself more?

3/20   5 miles easy pace: Ran these 5 miles at 9:35 pace on the treadmill at the gym.  Nothing spectacular and my HR was as follows – Z1 1:38, Z2 3:57, Z3 9:26, Z4 25:22, Z5 7:06.

3/21   1 mile WU, 800m @8:30, 4 min jog, 2 miles @GHMP, 5 min jog, 800m@8:30 1 mile CD: These tempo runs are definitely challenging.  My HR was all over the place but I still did it.  The mile warmup was at 10:01 and felt good to start.  The first 800 was at 8:30 and while it was fast for me, it was still doable.  The 2 miles at GHMP were a struggle.  My HR made it tough to catch a breath.  Those jogs in between were a blessing and much needed!  I like the challenge of tempos and speedwork but it seems that since my knee surgery, my speed and endurance has taken a short hiatus.

3/22   5 miles easy pace:   Ran my 5 miles at the gym this morning and averaged 9:50 pace and it felt good.  I ended up watching HULU on my phone (James Bond Spectre) and that passed the time quickly.  It’s a busy day of last minute chores before travelling.

3/23   Rest Day!: Good thing because it’s a travelling day and 10 hours of driving is a challenge in itself.  I probably will still hit the treadmill at the hotel since I’m scheduled for 10 miles tomorrow and I’ll still be driving.

3/24   10 miles easy pace:  I didn’t get a chance to do all 10 miles as I was driving for 10+ hours and my legs just weren’t having it.  I ended up with 5 miles and had to rest.  Not to make excuses but it was 90 degrees here too!

3/25   Cross training 30 minutes:  I ended up just taking it easy and work on core exercises with a long walk to the ocean.  Sometimes that’s all the body needs for mental health!


2018 Chicago Spring Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to 2018 Chicago Spring 10K 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 decided to add another fun run to my year of races and when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t pass it up!  The Chicago Spring Half Marathon is part of a series of runs in Chicago with a spring and a fall race and a special 26.2 medal when you do both and is limited to the first 2000 runners!

Register Here and join me!

Packet Pick Up
Friday, May 18, 2018
• 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town
Saturday, May 19, 2018
• 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town

Race Day
Sunday, May 20, 2018
• 5:30 a.m. New registration (Junior Dash only) and Will Call opens | Maggie Daly Park
• 5:30 a.m. Gear check opens| Maggie Daly Park
• 6:00 a.m. Start corrals open for Half Marathon participants| Columbus Drive
• 6:45 a.m. Junior Dash registration closes
• 6:45 a.m. Half Marathon Corrals close
• 7:00 a.m. Half Marathon starts | Columbus Drive
• 7:40 a.m. 10K corrals close
• 7:45 a.m. 10K race start
• 8:00 a.m. Spring Market Finish Festival opens | Maggie Daly Park
• 8:30 a.m. 10K awards| Spring Market Finish Festival
• 9:30 a.m. Half Marathon awards| Spring Market Finish Festival
• 10:00 a.m. Junior Dash starts| “The Ribbon” @ Maggie Daly Park
• 11:30 a.m. Course closes
• 11:45 a.m. Gear check closes

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Access to the Spring Market Finish Festival
  • Gourmet hot-breakfast buffet for all participants
  • Complimentary Lagunitas beer (must be 21 with a valid ID)
  • Live music
  • Spring flower station – free to take home
  • Finisher medal for half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash participants
  • Featuring a spinning Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (half & 10k)
  • High-quality, tech-running shirt (men/women sizing)
  • Free race photos courtesy of Athlinks
  • Professional event timing and live results powered by Athlinks
  • Awards for top overall finishers and top age group finishers


2018 Cinco De Miler

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the RAM Racing Cinco De Miler as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Join RAM Racing for Chicago’s only 5-mile race, celebrating Mexico’s colorful culture. You’ll score a fitted technical tee and bottle opener medal, plus tons of tamales, chips and salsa.

The race is on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Montrose Harbor and starts at 8:30am

Register here and use the code BRCinco to get an awesome pair of sunglasses!https://ramraces.enmotive.com/events/register/2018-cinco-de-miler

Packet Pickup is at:
Fleet Feet Sports Old Town
1706 N Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 8:00pm

Does free race photos entice you?  They’ll capture you in high-resolution shots, and track those shots using your unique bib number. After the race, each registrant will be emailed free pictures of themselves at the race. Share it on Facebook, tweet it, or download it and print it out.

After you cross the finish line, head over to the beer garden where your first beer, breakfast taco and Mexican sweets are on us! Enjoy Dos XX Lager or Amstel Light (21 and older, only), Jarritos and Horchata, and take a turn at the mechanical bull or human fooseball, or watch the Live Lucha Libre matches! Continue your Cinco de Mayo celebration and dance the day away to live mariachi bands.

Beer Tickets and Wristband
Choose from the following beer ticket options:
• 5 tickets for $20 @ Packet Pick Up
• $5 per ticket on Race Day (Cash only)

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

Yiannis Christodoulou

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