Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Half Marathon’

Heart-Healthy Morning Runs Make Marathon Difference

Posted by Melissa Fisher, Operations Manager at CorDynamics on August 13th, 2012

Last year when I was training for the Chicago Half Marathon I had a hard time fitting the training in.  

The plan was to run in the evenings, 2 times, during the week and once either Saturday or Sunday on the weekends.  This “routine” didn’t work very well for me.  Oftentimes my scheduled training was derailed by summer activities that seemed like more fun than running. Or, the day ran out before I did.   Some of my training weeks only included 2 runs which didn’t make me or my body very happy.

This year I’ve decided to alter my training strategy. 

This year’s plan is to run 4 times a week, 3 times during the week with a long run on the weekend.  Before I come to work at CorDynamics,  I run at least 3 miles, 3 times a week.   My 4th run is done in the morning on Saturday.  Sticking to this routine has been so much easier.   Yes, I have to get up at 5am but hey, it’s a lot cooler in the mornings and I have my evenings free.

I have stuck to this plan for 4 weeks now and I am feeling stronger than I was last year.  And with a bit of hard work and luck the Air Force Half-Marathon in Dayton Ohio could be a faster race for me!

For those of you struggling with finding the time to fit in your workout try changing your routine, it’s worked for me it could work for you too. 

I have also felt more alert and happy in the mornings that I run, which I’m sure is good news for my CorDynamics co-workers.

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Chicago Running: A Holiday Tradition

Posted by Melissa Fisher, Operations Manager at CorDynamics on January 06th, 2012

The holidays can be especially hard when trying to keep in shape. My holiday was no exception. It started with a wonderful and indulgent Thanksgiving, followed by a very Merry Christmas in England and ended with a Happy New Year’s Eve.

Traveling over Christmas made it especially hard for me to stay in shape. I was able to fit in one run while I was in England. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but one is better than none. Fortunately, I did a lot of walking in London, so I felt a little better about not sticking to a regular running schedule.

I was amazed at how few runners I saw while I was in England. My count ended at seven runners seen in the eight days that we were there—and my running partner and I were two of them! Many Chicagoans are dedicated runners so I’m used to seeing others running all the time. It never occurred to me that other cities or countries would be so different.

I have a few races I am hoping to take on this year. The Chicago Shamrock Shuffle will be my official kick-off to the 2012 running season on the 25th of March. (St. Patrick’s Day will be another holiday to hurdle.) Once again CorDynamics is sponsoring my race and my efforts to encourage those around me to stay heart healthy. With my goals set, I’m ready to shake off the holidays and to start off the New Year happy and healthy!



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Pharmaceutical Industry Heads to Chicago for DIA 2011

Posted by Theresa Gralinski, Marketing Director at CorDynamics on June 29th, 2011

Big City, Big Advantages for Drug Discovery and Development

The heart of our business is in the heart of the city of Chicago. The CorDynamics offices and laboratories are mere miles from McCormick Place West where the DIA 2011 Annual Meeting will be held next week.

A contract research organization specializing in cardiovascular drug discovery, safety and efficacy in Chicago? Why Chicago?

We believe the city of Big Shoulders gives us big advantages.

Proximity to world-class universities, thought leaders and talent—The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University and DePaul.

Access to O’Hare International Airport and daily flights to almost anywhere in the world.

Centrally located in the Midwest for access to clients on both Coasts and worldwide.

Deep roots in the community, where we are proud to attend and sponsor events— 15th Running of the Chicago Half Marathon in September and the Rock for Rare disease Jesse Malin benefit concert in July.

Not to mention, Chicago is a great place to welcome guests and colleagues.

If you’ll be in town for the DIA conference, or any other time, let us know. We’d love to meet with you, give you a tour of our facilities and show you some of our favorite Chicago hot spots.

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