Hi, my name is Kristen and I am a Type A. I schedule my life to the max, I always have a plan, and your eyes would bug out if you saw the lists I’ve made for my upcoming trip to Ecuador (I printed out the ten-day forecast for both Quito and the Galapagos Islands, […]

Fourth of July is my favorite holiday, bar none. I have a serious thing for American flag apparel, and this year, I was lucky enough to head to a friend’s lake house in Indiana to celebrate the long weekend. Since the friends I was with are fellow runners, we got a long run in Friday morning […]

Chicago skyline running

Go ahead, giggle a little bit. Fartlek. Fart-lek. FARTLEK. Get it out of your system now, because once you start running this thing, you may not have the lung capacity to chuckle at a fartlek- that is, if you’re doing the fartlek right. I’ll back up. Fartlek is Swedish for “speed play,” and it’s a […]

Kristen Geil running fab fit chicago

While we were in the midst of the polar vortex and I was somewhere around hour 32 of the 48 hours I spent indoors, I vaguely remember making a promise to myself while in the throes of a particularly body-wracking shiver, “When summer comes, I will never complain about the heat! Not once! I will […]

I am pretty sure that it is internet law to link to the “OMG, shoes” video any time you write a blog post about shoes. However, I never really liked that video, and I’m much more of a Nelly girl myself, so here’s your alternative: When I first started planning this harebrained marathon training adventure, […]

Nike zoom project Kristen Geil fab Fit Chicago

Well, you don’t have to tell me twice. One of the many highlights of my weekend in Oregon was listening to a sport nutritionist give us advice over an amaaaaaazing post-run brunch of granola with yogurt and fresh berries and strawberry sauce, a spinach and raspberry salad, mini mushroom and pesto quiches, and some sort […]

soldier field 10 miler finish line chicago illinois

I love the Solider Field 10 Miler. It’s without a doubt my favorite race in Chicago, and unlike many years past, this year’s race day had absolutely gorgeous weather. Finishing at the 50 yard line set the perfect tone for a fun-filled holiday weekend. Instead of the regular race recap (although you can find my […]

kristen geil post race chicago spring half marathon

For those of you who have been following along, I started the new year with Nike’s Resolutions Crew, pledging to run a half marathon in under 1:50. My first attempt took place this past weekend at the Chicago Spring Half Marathon (you can read more on BibRave). My training plan included strength training (which I’ve never […]

ntc crew after 20 mile race group training for marathon

Until very recently, I rolled solo-dolo when it came to all my runs. And while I still definitely enjoy plugging into my music and using my run as “Zen Kristen” time, I’ve started to dip into group running recently with the Crew and Nike’s Discovery Runs out of the Bucktown running store. It’s a fun […]

bank of america chicago marathon

How amazing was this weekend? I spent 90% of it outside, and the other 10% was spent baking a dessert pizza with the kids I babysit, eating said pizza, and then laying on the couch for an hour recovering while the kids ran laps around the house hyped up on sugar. Babysitting, I’m obviously doing […]