Explore and Commit to Your Sport in 2017

So here we are, firmly entrenched into 2017 – Happy New Year, by the way – and of course the topic of many conversations...

Christmas Sweater Shuffle

The racing season in Chicago typically culminates with the Marathon in October. Many athletes retreat to the warmth of indoor training to recover and...

Training to Train: Feel Ready on Week One

With marathon season approaching, the traditional 18-week build-up is on the minds of many first-time marathoners. To ensure you are ready to tackle your...

Tackling the City Commute by Foot or Bike

So you want to commute on a bike or by foot, year-round in Chicago? Welcome! Admittedly, it’s a niche group interested in these routines,...

Missed Workouts? Get Back on Track

The transition phase from winter to pre-season can be a hard one; you may have trained as much as you thought possible, or perhaps...

How to Peak for Your Goal Race

Being truly ready for race day is harder than you think. If you think cutting your mileage in half, taking more rest days and...

One ‘Mo’ Win? Predicting the 2019 Elite Race

Predicting the Men’s Race Sir Mo is back. Yes, Mo Farah of Great Britain knows how to win, and at 36, the defending Chicago champion...

Helping Women Feel ‘Lively’ in their Own Skin

Kate Pezalla-Marlin, co-owner of Oak Park specialty store Lively Athletics, talks about the mission behind her and her sister’s female-focused shop. Q: How did you...

Winter is Swim Season for Kids

Keeping our kids healthy and safe is the top mission for parents. We make sure that our kids eat well, experience a good education,...

How to Take Care of Your Wetsuit       

You pay a lot of money for your wetsuit, so you want to be able to enjoy it for a long time. How long...