Monday, February 8, 2016

Mikkeller Running Club

Northdown Tap logo on the back of our shirts :)
I love running. I love beer. I love running and then drinking beer. When I joined the Mikkeller Running Club I truly found my tribe. I'm surrounded by a bunch of beer loving runner nerds and I love it. We recently celebrated our 1 year anniversary and did a special double feature run weekend. We ran on Saturday at our clubhouse Northdown Tap in Chicago and then took a special trip to Indiana to run with the 18th Street Brewery folks. We capped it off with a delicious pour of Atomic Whale (the Mikkeller/18th Street collabo). But we also got hungry so we made a small detour to 3Floyds afterwards for some grub and a couple more brews. Enjoy the highlights :) 
Saturday's run crew at Northdown giving the Mikkeller standard greeting
MRC takes 18th Street
properly hydrated and exploring the new brewery
MRC + 18th St Running Club
pre-run at the brewery
breakfast of champions!
post-run brewery tour
I took a picture to remember that this was real and not a drunk epiphany
all starting lines should look like this
my new MRC schwag, can't wait to run in it!
oh hello Atomic Whale (please excuse the sweat)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cupid's Undie Run

Every year my team the Midwest Vikings take part in the Cupid's Undie Run. Truthfully it's one of the favorites for the year and we typically have a big group out there both running and supporting.

Midwest Vikings conquer the Cupid's Undie Run
What is Cupid’s Undie Run?

Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend. It's a fun way to raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Last year the event brought in $3.5 million for CTF! 

Want to help double that donation number this year? Make donations here. Or if you're starting your own fundraising page check out some of the sweet incentives they'll have this year!

Want to join the fun?

Use this link to register and save 25%!

Chicago event details:

John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
3524 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
  • Noon – Doors open & the party starts!
  • 1:00 PM – Awards ceremony
  • 2:00 PM – UNDIE RUN
  • 3:30 PM – Earned “open bar” closes
  • 4:00 PM – Bag check closes, Cupid’s officially ends 

snow burpees optional but always encouraged :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kettlebell workout

Sometimes I can't make it to the gym (like this morning...womp womp) and I'm always stuck on what I should do so I can still squeeze in a good workout. Here is one of my favorite go-to circuits to really get the blood flowing and all you need is a kettlebell :)

First set: (all using the kettlebell)
12 kettle bell swings
12 squat to overhead press (12 for each arm)
12 halos (12 in each direction)
12 squat kicks (12 for each leg)

high knees and then single jacks for a minute total

Second set:
12 plank ups
12 squat jumps
12 burpees
12 leg raises

high knees and then single jacks for a minute total

Third set:
12 jumping lunges
12 bicep curl press  (12 for each arm)
12 plank with tri extension (12 for each arm)
12 wide arm pushups

high knees and then single jacks for a minute total

I go through this circuit 4 times and sometimes add in additional weights like dumbbells or resistance bands. It always gets my heart rate up and if I'm crunched on time I can easily cut down the number of sets.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pearl Izumi Tri Champion

  Just got some exciting news!!! I've been accepted to the Pearl Izumi Tri Champions Team!
so excited for these sweet kits!!!