Category Archives: F*cking Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon

Yaktrax, DueNorth traction devices for running in snow, ice aren’t foolproof

I've been running outside all winter for a couple of years. Traction devices help get me through.

I hate the treadmill with the white hot passion of a thousand suns. And before I was informed about running outside in the winter safely, I would slog along on the dreadmill for countless boring miles each winter. Continue reading

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Hello, shin splints. Are you telling me it’s time to buy new running shoes?

Stretching does a body good, especially if said body is injury-prone.

I’ve picked a hell of a goal race for coming back from my latest injury — a half marathon in Chicago at the end of January. Continue reading

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Video: First training run with CARA for F^3 Half Marathon

Runners in CARA's 2011 Winter Half Marathon Training program run north along the lakefront path.

What a day for a run! There may have been some wind, and it may have been a bit chilly, but the sun shined down — blessing the first long run of the CARA Winter Half Marathon Training. Continue reading

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I (heart) the F^3 Lake Half Marathon. Here’s why I’ll be writing about it.

Just before the halfway point, Sue (right) and I are having a blast and running strong. (2011)

In January 0f 2011, I ran my first half marathon… on a cold and windy day… in Chicago. And I loved every minute of it.

It was the race’s 2nd annual running, and I immediately became a fan of the race that’s known as F^3 (or, F***ing Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon). Continue reading

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Who wouldn’t want their 1st half marathon to be in January in Chicago?

I did it! I ran my first half marathon in the middle of a Chicago winter.

Almost one year ago, I was getting the diagnosis any runner dreads: a stress fracture would keep me from all the races I had signed up for. Including the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10. (And as you know by now, the injuries in 2010 didn’t stop there.) Continue reading

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