Thanks again for the birthday wishes, everyone!
This weekend was quite the trip – and I didn’t even go anywhere 😉
**cue groans and thrown tomatoes**
It was a lot of disconnecting from all things electronic and more reconnecting with good friends and a fiance who is starting to wonder whether my computer has been surgically attached to my lap.
The fun started on Friday evening, when Bobby and I stayed in to make homemade pizza.
Below I give you the before and after of our very veggie creation: tomato sauce, red pepper, spinach and mushrooms with a very small blot of sprinkled cheese on top.
We caught up on all of our favorite TV shows – Flash Forward is getting gooooood! – and then settled down to watch the movie Up! I had seen it when it was in theaters and loved it – seeing it a second time just reaffirmed how truly wonderful it is. Favorite quote: “I hid under your porch because I love you.”
The pizza was tasty, too. Homemade pizza always sits so much better – I was perfectly full.
On Saturday, I had the great fortune of meeting up with my good friend Karla. It was the weekend that fell right in between our two birthdays – hers is coming up May 22! – and, coincidentally, the very same weekend we met for the first time last year.
We started out with brunch at a city favorite, Tempo Cafe. I got the mushroom + swiss omelette, which came with whole wheat toast on the side.
Then we wandered over to the main event of the day: SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park! Last year, Karla and I walked past this event and told ourselves that this year we would attend together. We came full circle and decided to join in on the fun.
The highlights of the event included:
- Stealing a glance at Maria Menounos in the VIP booth – I love her!
- Participating in a Cardio Tai Box class
- Watching women of all ages be unapologetically themselves
- Participating in a beach body workout that rocked out to great music
- Walking around the event sponsor booths and having my gait checked by ASICS
But most of all, my weekend was made by catching up with this girl:
After our workout session, we walked around a bit more before heading over to Yogen Früz to pick up a sweet, cool treat. I got the fro yo blended with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Topped with fresh coconut, it was awesome.
Speaking of awesome, so is Karla A woman of many talents who I know will go very far in her career because she is, well, “pursuing her passion” for fitness in everything she does.
She is also a very talented cookie maker. I was fortunate enough to score some Snickerdoodles from her, as well as a few other goodies for my birthday.
Thanks again, Karla! You’re truly a gem.
Just when you thought this post was ending – there was Jenn & Bobby’s 10K Race for Awesomeness!
Do remember when I started training for a 10K? Unfortunately, when I went to register for the race last weekend, all of the spots had been filled! It was poor planning on my part, but Bobby and I decided to slap on imaginary bibs and create our own 10K route Sunday morning.
The race was also a kick start of our 6.5 year anniversary – which is another way of saying that there are just FIVE MONTHS remaining until our wedding! How did it get so close?!
It was a beautiful 8:00 am run along Lake Michigan:
The run started off very well and I felt like I was in stride for most of it. Toward the end, the wind picked up against us and the sun was beaming down on me. I don’t know if it was lack of drinking water – foolish – or overheating, but I ended up hyperventilating with .2 miles to go Not good.
Fortunately, Bobby is ever the gentleman and insisted we slow down for the rest of the race. To which I stubbornly said, “no, I’m fine!” and began running again as soon as my breathing had steadied. Call me crazy, but I ran as much as those last .2 miles as I could and we finished in 55:18.
It was a bit disappointing on a personal level given my previous 10K time and my goal to get under 52:00 this time around, but it was definitely a lesson learned and I will know to hydrate better next time.
Any veteran runners have advice? Was I completely crazy out there?
It had been way too long and we spent over an hour gabbing about all the craziness and changes going on in our lives. I ordered the feta frittata, which was essentially a Greek omelette served with home fries and an English muffin. The hungry runner ate it all
The rest of my day was spent lounging. I finished a FANTASTIC book by Jodi Picoult called House Rules, about a young boy with Asperger’s. I’m always a bit skeptical of how authors, movies or the media attempt to portray kids on the autism spectrum given my personal experience with my brother. Jodi truly brings some of the main qualities and issues that I feel are lacking in other literature to life in this book – through a very bone-chilling plot line! I highly recommend it – Food Blogger Book Club, anyone??
This leads me to my question:
Would you like to see the book club revived? If so, how would you prefer it to work?
I’m looking for any and all ideas because if we bring it back, I want to make sure it stays up and running this time around
I’ve taken you on many tangents, so I bid you adieu for now. Have a great Monday!