Motherhood is hard. Wait, LIFE is hard. But the best part is we’re all in it together. Come join me as we find our own zen in the middle of parenthood, marriage, extended family, volunteering and just generally enjoying our time here in Lake County.
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I am solar powered. I love being outside. I think the fresh air and sunshine are essential for your mind, body and soul.
As 2014 arrives, I’m making a resolution to take better care of my health. I know, very original right? Are you making the same resolution?
Running is an inexpensive and easy sport to try if you haven’t done it before. Don’t let the snow and cold weather stop you from enjoying one of the forest preserves or trails that is right around the corner from your house. We live in one of the most beautiful counties and get to experience all four seasons to their fullest.
To me running is therapy. Each mile has a life of its own. What do you get out of your run?
- To be alone.
- Rocking out to your favorite music.
- With your child in the jogging stroller.
- Experiencing the beauty of nature. A tree. A bunny. A lake.
- Clarity on a decision you’ve been trying to make.
- A race. Pushing yourself to a new PR (personal record).
- Raising money for an important cause.
- Dressing up with the crowd and being silly.
- Literally stopping to smell the roses.
- The ‘good’ feeling of being sore.
Few things excite me as much as packet-pick-up. The anticipation of race day. The planning of the outfit, what socks, headband, and other accessories you’re going to wear and laying them out next to your bib number. The number is that is just for you. No one else has that bib number in the race. It’s just for you. With packet-pick up in mind, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite local races. Maybe you’ll join me in 2014 at one or more of them:
March 16 – Deer Park St Paddy’s 5K
Kiss me I’m Irish Arch on the Course
June 28 – Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run at Lake County Fairgrounds
Get Muddy! Little Lake County ran it last year! Read Melissa’s tips at Peanut Butter in my Hair.
July 4 – Freedom 5K Mundelein
July 20 – Run from the Cops 5K Vernon Hills
August 31 – Twilight Shuffle 5K
Sunday night of Labor Day Weekend through beautiful Libertyville neighborhoods
September 13 – Hog Jog 5K and 1/2 Mile Piglet Run
Organized by St. Mary’s Parish, all are welcome
TBD Date – Golden Legs Mundelein Bar Crawl
TBD Date – Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Dash
Enjoy deep dish pizza at the finish line
TBD Date – Diamond Dash 5K
October 3 – Matt’s Mile and 5K
Very family friendly and for a great cause
October 19 – World’s Largest Corn Maze Run
5K Run/Walk entirely through a Corn Maze
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day Long Grove Turkey Trot 5K and 8K
Finish under the covered bridge
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day Miles with Mustangs
Finish on the new track at Mundelein High School
Do you need some gear or support?
- Golden Legs Running Store in Mundelein has all the gear you need and a Facebook page with free and “no frills” races several times a year. I ran a 10K with them for $10 last year. And right before Christmas they had a Santa Run that was free and they even gave everyone a $5 gift card just for joining them!
- Grayslake Running Club has a closed group on Facebook you can request to join.
- Runner’s Edge just moved to their new store in Libertyville and they will watch your gait and help you find the perfect running shoe.
- Kiddle’s in Lake Forest has all kinds of supplies for your athletic needs.
- Lake and McHenry County Moms RUN This Town is a free running group to help you find people to run and train with or just get support. Join their Facebook Group.
Sometimes it’s hard to get outside when the sun sets so early, but this year enjoy an evening hike under one of Lake County Forest Preserve Districts solar lighted trails.
With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some brisk evening exercise along a 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Though regular preserve hours are normally 6:30 am to sunset, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 pm, daily, through Saturday, March 9, 2014. Bicycle and equestrian traffic is not permitted on the lighted trails after sunset. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. To access the lighted trails, park at Lakewood’s Winter Sports Area located on the east side of Fairfield Road just south of Route 176, or at Old School’s main entrance lot located on the east side of St. Mary’s Road just south of Route 176. Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers regularly patrol the areas. (Information from the Lake County Forest Preserve Newsletter. Sign up for it here. )
Where is your favorite place to run or walk in Lake County? We have so many! List yours below in the comments. I’ll see you out on the trails!