I just found out that Pure Barre is opening a studio near my home in the West Loop! The targeted opening date is sometime this summer. This is fantastic news! In the past, I've spent a ton of time traveling to different neighborhoods for classes. I have nomadically bopped around at least a half-dozen studios through ClassPass, Groupon-type deals, and promotional free classes. It'll be great to settle into ONE studio. I can finally sign up for one of those new-client membership deals without worrying about getting enough usage!
2. Chicago Cultural Center
This building is officially one of my favorites within the city of Chicago. Look at the gorgeous interior:
I learned that the Chicago Cultural Center was the city's central library building before Harold Washington Library opened in 1991. What an amazing space it would have been for a library!
3. When life gives you lemon bars...
Many thanks to Esprit de She and Luna Bars for giving me samples of Lemon Zest and Chocolate Salted Caramel Luna Bars!
I haven't tried the Chocolate Salted Caramel yet, but I am already hooked on the Lemon Zest flavor. I think it is the perfect blend of sweetness and tangyness. It was so yummy that I went onto Amazon and created a subscription order.
You know that marketing strategy where companies give out product samples hoping that consumers will get hooked and buy more? Yeah, I am the case study. Guilty as charged.
4. Still trying to be perfect
Check out my YTD mileage log!
Awww, yeah. Still perfectly on track to hit 750 miles for the year. The perfectionist in me lives to fight yet another month! Thankfully, I didn't have to go on another last-minute tear to meet my mileage quota in April. =)
Although, there will be some changes starting this month. I have been a very, very long-time user of the Runner's World online training log. I was unhappy to see this:
Unfortunately that data export option works only if you want to transition into the Training Peaks app. However, I don't find Training Peaks very user-friendly. Therefore, I am planning to start using Running-Log.com as my new training log starting today (unless anyone has suggestions for other free online logs?) It is the end of an era!
5. Pets for Vets
Capitol Nutrition asked me to tell you about their Run for Vets 5K on June 6 in Orland Park, IL.
The goal of Pets for Vets is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog. Capital Nutrition is also working with the Disabled Patriot Fund to assist local veterans in financial need. Dogs are welcome to participate in the race, too!
I think this race goes towards some really great causes. If I wasn't already running the Sunburst Half Marathon in South Bend that day, this would be a race I would love to do. I have long been a supporter of animal shelters. Additionally, my awareness of military veterans' needs has also been growing recently because of my brother-in-law, David, plus several other friends who are vets. Not to mention that Memorial Day is right around the corner.
Linking up with Heather, Katie, and Clare.