Asheville, Here I Come!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in PR, Travel | 7 comments

“This is my last Ohio winter.” Six words I’ve bitterly uttered every January for the past, oh, four years or so. This year, I meant it. I’m packing up and heading South… y’all. In less than one month, this Midwest girl is heading to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Where there are countless trails, just waiting for me to run them. And walk/hike/bike them. Also known as one of the best foodie and music cities in the country. Hello, Beer City USA. Oh, and I’ll be approximately 3,000 steps from the Blue Ridge Parkway. My little...

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3 Downtown Chicago Running Routes

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Fitness, Travel | 0 comments

I spent some quality time in the Windy City this fall, which I am certainly not complaining about Whenever I go to Chicago, it’s like visiting an old friend. We pick up right where we left off. I grew up visiting Chi-town a lot because my uncle has a condo there, so it’s no big thing to do settle in and do those non-touristy things like ride the L, pick up a few things at Jewell (the grocery store down the street), grab a bite to eat or head out for a run. Speaking of running. Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places to hit the pavement....

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2015 Goals & Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Fitness, Travel | 0 comments

Adding another year to the books and the kicking of a new one always gets me thinking about the highlights and lowlights of the past year and then, of course, what’s to come. I have rarely made solid resolutions per say but instead more of what I’d consider to be “guiding themes.” You know, overarching ideas to inspire and keep handy during the upcoming 365 days.  I’d compare it to a focus on strategy vs. tactics, but there I go using PR terms. Last year, I gave myself permission to just go all-in and embrace the...

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Best of Alaska: Top 8 Moments

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Travel | 0 comments

It’s been almost two weeks since I returned from The Last Frontier. It took about a week to actually feel the affects of my adventure. That included a bout of jet lag that made me feel like a zombie and a serious reality check upon returning to work. Whenever I return from vacation, it always seems to take a few days for the excitement to wear off. Then, I crash. This time was no exception. Now that I’ve adjusted back to the Eastern time zone, edited some of my hundreds of photos and thought back upon my grand adventure,...

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Denali: Like No Other Place on Earth

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Travel | 1 comment

So, you know how I was hoping that The Great One would show its pretty face? Well, did it ever.There’s  really nothing else you can do upon seeing Mt. McKinley except stare and feel a bit overpowered by what you’re taking in. I kind of felt like I was existing under a massive white spirit for the day. Every time I looked up, there it was, shining in the distance.  Saturday was the first time Denali was visible in quite a while, according to the bus driver on the trip into the park. Pretty much, I hit the jackpot and was incredibly...

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Off to See The Great One

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Travel | 0 comments

I left Sitka just as the civil twilight was slowly creeping over the island this morning. I had such a great time exploring, and I totally understand how waking up to this view every day would likely never get old.But, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to kick off the next leg of my Alaskan adventure: Denali. Denali, which means ‘The Great One,’ was hiding in clouds today, but I’m crossing my fingers the weather predictions for the next couple days are true because my odds are actually looking...

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The Adventure Continues: A Glimpse at Seward + Sitka

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Travel | 1 comment

Here’s the postcard I’m sending y’all from Sitka, Alaska. That photo is 100 percent real, kids. Took that the other night from the top of Harbor Mountain, where we spent the night in a shelter at the top. The clouds were crazy; one second you couldn’t see anything at all and the next a keyhole would appear and reveal this. Just giving you as close to the real experience as I can through photos. I do recommend hanging out in a cloud on top of an Alaskan mountain to pretty much everyone. Also, how about this waterfall?...

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North to the Future!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Travel | 1 comment

So, I’ve embarked on a grand adventure in The Last Frontier. That’s right, I’m in Alaska. For the next 10 days, I’ll be exploring the largest state in the country. And, if my first day was any indication, loving every second of it. I honesty was on sensory overload for past 24 hours; the scenery everywhere you look is just stunning. I flew into Anchorage really late on Friday night, or technically Saturday morning. After getting a few hours of sleep at my hotel near the airport, I took advantage of my body still being...

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A Taste of Chicago [Music, Food + Running Fun]

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Fitness, Travel | 0 comments

Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Maybe it’s because I grew up visiting the Windy City, so it hooked me early. Chi-town is like a high-roller who has stayed true to his inner Midwest spirit; it’s just friendlier and more approachable than NYC or LA. It’s location on the edge of Lake Michigan and its title as king of deep dish pizza just adds to its attraction. I blame my uncle Linas for both initiating my young love with Chicago, and for keeping my affair going. He, my aunt and cousins lived in Oak Park when I was...

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Wine + Ferris Wheels [The Lake Erie Wine Festival]

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Travel | 0 comments

In the summertime, all I really want to do is sip wine in the sunshine with friends. That’s why, when a couple of my gal pals in Cleveland invited me to join the fun at the Lake Erie Wine Festival this past weekend, it didn’t take much leg-twisting to get me to drive on up. The annual festival is held right on the banks of Lake Erie in Geneva-on the-Lake, which is known as “Ohio’s first resort” and is about 50 miles east of downtown Cleveland. The area is home to about 20 Northeast Ohio wineries, so clearly there...

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