Beautiful September Weekend

Hello family and friends!

I enjoyed a wonderful weekend, we had such beautiful weather. Here’s a recap:

Friday:

We met up with 2 other couples to go to Davio’s in Philly for restaurant week. On Friday at this restaurant you can bring your own wine (BYO), so each couple brought 2 bottles of wine, we were set for a great night! The food was really good. I had gnocchi for my 1st course, salmon for my 2nd and a desert sampler for my third. We went to a really good restaurant last year as well, we definitely will have to make a point to go twice a year for restaurant week in Philly, there are so many good places to try out.

Saturday:

After a slow moving relaxing morning, I made it out to Brides and Grooms in Newark to buy my wedding dress! I’m so excited, I tried it on my last time and had no doubts. It was a little weird as I was trying on my dress, a bunch of high schoolers were trying on homecoming dresses. I didn’t really feel old, but more grown up and mature since I was making such a important dress decision. After running a few other errands, I went home to get ready for a long run for the week. We ran 14.6 miles at a 9:21 pace, pretty fast for our training. It was a difficult run towards the end for me though, I was mentally frustrated with our route, but I’m really surprised we ran at that pace. I was beat after that run and went to bed by 10:30.

Sunday:

We are getting new doors and our new storm door came in, so we had to go pick it up. Thank goodness we have my Jeep, it almost didn’t make it in the Jeep, but it definitely wouldn’t have fit in Dave’s car. The rest of my day was spent doing laundry, cleaning, and taking Daisy out for a long walk. She is obsessed with squirrels so sometimes our walks can be challenging, I need some help from Cesar.

Here are some photos from the weekend:

Sunflowers

Stocking up on Pumpkin!

Gorgeous day, walking in the park

Peach Pie - made by me!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Autumn is in the air

Oh how I love when the seasons change!

Yesterday, we had a little end to summer celebration.

Daisy eating watermelon

And this past weekend, we stocked up on fall beer at Total Wine (one of the biggest liquor stores in the country)

BEER!

Marathon training is going well, ran 8.5 miles today. Tempo run tomorrow, 5k race Thursday, day off Friday, and long run this weekend.

I’m also going to buy my wedding dress on Thursday!

Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

Are you ready…

…for some football?? I know that summer doesn’t officially end till September 22, but with football on TV, cooler weather, and people talking about pumpkin spice lattes, it sure does feel like fall.

We have been having some great weather here, great for marathon training. Here’s a look at our schedule this week:

  • Mon: Rest
  • Tues: 4 miles
  • Wed: 8 miles
  • Thurs: Interval Training
  • Fri: 4-5 miles
  • Sat: 14 miles
  • Sun: Rest

Sunday is needed to  relax and watch football. And maybe have a pumpkin ale! It’s a little annoying that all the pumpkin ales are out now, but come late October, all they will have in the stores are winter ales.

I enjoyed my first pumpkin ale this week. I’m on a quest to see who makes the best pumpkin ale. The first contestant was Smuttynose. Their pumpkin ale had a lot of pumpkin flavor, although I like a little more spice to my pumpkin ale, which it seemed to lack.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Next contestant: TBD

Very excited tomorrow is Friday.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY CLARE!!!

Pumpkins and Apples

I heart fall! This is my favorite time of year. I love the cool weather, the fall colors, sweaters, and celebrating two of the best holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Of course the best part of fall is…PUMPKIN and recently discovered, HONEYCRISP APPLES!

Now I know one could make pumpkin stuff at any time throughout the year (thank you canned goods), but it just doesn’t taste the same. There is just something about fall that makes pumpkin so scrumptious! I’ve already enjoyed a few pumpkin spice lattes, a pumpkin bagel and just this week I made my own pumpkin cream cheese. Check out my breakfast this morning:

Pumpkin Cream Chees on my mini bagels

No way am I stopping at just that though! I’ve already found some recipes for pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin mac n cheese and some tasty pumpkin oatmeal. I’ve never made a pie before and figured attempting to make a pumpkin pie would be a great one to try. And of course I’ll make my pumpkin bread and some cookies. I’m excited to try all kinds of different recipes, especially some that incorporate pumpkin in some dinner entrees. Any good recipe finds for pumpkin, send them my way!

A big thanks to my sister-in-law for introducing me to Honeycrisp apples! Where have these apples been all my life??? I’m usually a pretty picky apple eater, only really like a couple varieties, but I went out on a limb and tried these apples and they are SOOO delicious. I can’t get enough of them! Dave and I had them in Denver, transported a couple back with us and I was afraid that we wouldn’t be able to find any out east, but luckily I found them at Whole Foods (from a farm in PA). They are so good, I might have a bigger obsession with these apples than I do of pumpkin and I’m usually quite the pumpkin fanatic. They might just be the perfect apple – crisp, not too sweet, juicy – a must try if you haven’t already!

Apples!

The marathon is only 16 days away! I’ve had some great runs this week and the funny thing is the 15 mile run planned for this weekend seems like cake (as I knock on wood, not trying to jinx myself). Happy Thursday!

Rocktober

Wow, here we are in October finally, this year is flying by!

The marathon is in 21 days, I’m excited and nervous, but very much looking forward to crossing the finish line. We did a 20 miler yesterday, it was tough, not the best running day. The traveling and not being able to get a long run in last weekend made it tough, but we did great on our previous long runs and we still have 3 weeks to get some good runs in, so I’m confident we will be fine for the actual race day.

The traveling last weekend was well worth it though! We went to Denver, CO to go to the Great American Beer Festival and a wedding. We tried all kinds of different beers and didn’t get sick or hung over. Went on a running tour of downtown. It was great to hang with the family, my niece and nephew are so adorable. And the wedding was held at this great place with a great view of the mountains and the metro area in the valley (looked very cool at night with all the lights) and was a lot of fun. All in all a great trip.

My family rocks and I’m very much looking forward to getting together again soon. This year as been quite busy, but its been great to see my family as much as I have. I have one more wedding in Mexico in December, which is a great way to end all my travels this year. Next year probably won’t be so busy and I already have a list of tons of places I want to go to as it will be the year of exploring new places (of course not all in my year, unless I win the lottery or something).

I’m still working on my pictures, almost done and will get them up this week!

A boost in my productivity

What a random weekend it was! Dave came down. We met up with peeps Saturday morning for a 16 mile run, and no,  I did not mistype that. In fact it was my second 16 mile run, as Dave and I ran 16 miles last weekend. Woohoo!

We relaxed for a bit and then decided to hit up the Library of Congress as we both have never been before (one of my “things to do in DC” is to actually get a book for the Library of Congress). Well, after emerging from the metro, we heard lots of craziness going on. We had heard about the protest going on in DC, but I didn’t think it was all that big and after hearing the noise, we had to go check it out. Wow, was I ever wrong, there was a huge Tea Party protest. We had packed a lunch and decided, the Capitol might be a great place for our little picnic, right in the middle of a protest! It was interesting, first protest I have ever been too, people were very passionate about the cause, although some of the signs were a little much.

After our protest adventure, we headed over to the Library to get our library cards so we could do some research on pickling techniques. We were only able time wise to get our library cards, but we will be back to research pickles!

The day was topped off by a mexican dinner and out to see a couple bands.

Sunday was all about football and we randomly found a new place to check out for future games. We did some “fast” running and then more football. It was a great weekend. And it was amazing how just waking up early and being productive throughout the day on Saturday, we were able to do so much, but thank goodness there is Sunday to veg out, be lazy and watch football!