Setting Weekly Goals

Setting Weekly Goals

I talked before about setting goals for each week that will help your overall goal. I wanted to share mine with you to give you an idea about what I mean:)


What are your weekly goals? I’d love to know!! Email me, tweet me, Facebook me –  Namaste! 

My goals week of 1/20/13
My goals week of 1/20/13
Mix up your gym routine with this trick

Mix up your gym routine with this trick

Doing the same workout routine is boring — And I know I’ve said this before. I’m always an advocate for switching up your gym routine by trying new classes, working out with a friend or training outside if you can. Doing the same thing over and over leaves you not wanting to workout at all because you’re sick of it.

I came across this awesome idea on Pinterest (pictured above) that’s cost effective, creative and fun. Get popsicle sticks and write different exercises on them and every time you go to the gym you have to incorporate that exercise. Move that stick to the “done” cup afterward.

Not sure what exercises to put on the sticks? Here are some of my ideas:

  • burpees
  • 100 meter sprints
  • Turn BOSU ball upside down and do squats balancing on it
  • planks
  • push-ups
  • mountain climbers
  • squat swings
  • jumping jacks
  • squat to overhead press
  • wall sit
  • jump rope
  • bike for 30 minutes or attend spin class
  • squat jumps

I think this is a really great idea to making your time at the gym a little more eventful. It forces you to hold yourself accountable to sticking to your goal. If you pull a workout out of the cup and don’t do it, you’ll feel guilty about it, so I think this trick will give you an extra push.

If you’re looking for things to write on the popsicle sticks, Google circuit workouts and check out, and

Email me or tweet me if you like this idea! I love hearing feedback. Let me know what you think! 

Chicago Marathon Articles

Chicago Marathon Articles

Hey everyone!

I’m working on a recap video of my experience running the Chicago Marathon, but for now, check out my articles on the Red Line Project and take a look at a few pics! Can’t wait to show ya’ll the video!

My Reason For Running

Marathon Worth Every Step

Aunt Joanne (left) and Mom, my biggest fans
I may not be the strongest – I may not be the fastest – But I’ll be damned if I’m not trying my hardest
Showing off our medals proudly!



Musical Motivation

Musical Motivation

I’ve written a post before about music that motivates me when I run, but I got a lot of new music before running the half marathon and I want to share with you the beats that keep me going! Enjoy!

  1. Alicia Keys Ft. Nicki Minaj – Girl On Fire
  2. Bassnectar – Va Va Voom 
  3. Major Lazer – Original Don, Flosstradamus Remix
  4. Kanye West – Power
  5. Maroon 5 – One More Night Remix
  6. Maroon 5 – Payphone Remix
  7. Nelly – Here Comes The Boom
  8. Nicki Minaj – Pound the Alarm Remix

    (from pinterest)
  9. Youngbloodz – Imma Shine
  10. Gym Class Heroes – The Fighter
  11. B.O.B.- Ray Bands
  12. Datsik – Nuke Em
  13. Icona Pop – I Love It
  14. Pitbull – Shake Senora Remix
  15. Porter Robinson – Say My Name
  16. Rihanna – You Da One Remix

Have suggestions for good running music?? Email me or tweet me @goalsforgals!


It Takes Half to Make a Full

It Takes Half to Make a Full

By Monica Kucera

It’s nothing short of relieving looking back to June 11th when I started my marathon training and give myself a pat on the back because I’ve come so far. Tomorrow will be the stepping stone to completing the Chicago full marathon — The half marathon.

I can’t help but laugh, and twiddle my thumbs at the thought of me running this race just for the satisfaction of wearing my medal and

Run to Buckingham Fountain -- 14 miles total
Run to Buckingham Fountain — 14 miles total

telling everyone, “I told you I could do it.” Running has never exactly been “my thing” and when I have people thinking I’ll never follow through with this, it adds up to be more motivation on my part.

I can’t thank my running partner enough for being my backbone throughout training. I’m so proud with how far we’ve come, and the improvement we’ve yet to

My running buddy & I -- Lauren Kurash
My running buddy & I — Lauren Kurash

make from now until the full marathon on October 7th. It makes me laugh to look back when we started training and think we struggled making it to the lake and back, which is 3 miles. Now, 3 miles is merely a warm up, 6 miles is natural and anything more than 10 is just an exciting challenge.

Even though waking up at 5 AM tomorrow is going to be an even bigger struggle than running the race itself, the feeling I’ll get when I cross the finish line will make any setback worth it.  Only a runner would understand me when I say — The feeling you get when you cross that finish line is like none other.

The best prizes you receive in life are nothing you can touch — But the ones you can feel through pride and courage. 

Measuring Success

Measuring Success

By Monica Kucera

It’s unbelievable to think that I’m halfway through my training routine for the Chicago Marathon. Looking back on week 1, I struggled running to the lakefront and back which totaled 3 miles, and at this point 3 miles is merely a warm up.

My roommate and I have been training together and she has been a great running partner. She keeps my pace in check and helps me stay motivated when I want to quit. We made it to Navy Pier and back together which totaled a little over 10 miles for us. I was super thrilled after completing it!

Lauren & I At Navy Pier
Lauren & I At Navy Pier

The only obstacle we both faced after starting our long run was that we both forgot to wear our GPS watches. So, what’s the point of a long run if you don’t know how long you ran?! I discovered this awesome website called Map My Run.

It was a great feeling to measure my success using this website. This training is slowly proving to me that anything is possible. I’m eager to run this marathon and successfully cross is off my bucket list.

How’s your marathon training coming along? Have any advice for me? Please send it my way! I love hearing feedback at or tweet me @GoalsForGals