I woke up and my knee was definitely not ready for running.  It still might be a few more days even though I’m really hoping my Monday will start with a run:)  I think there must be some sort of deep bruise in there but I can bend it completely and walk on it… just want it to be really ready for running.  So what does a runner that always does some sort of long run on a Saturday morning do when they aren’t running?  I really had to think about the answer to this question yesterday morning for some time;)

We go to the Farmer’s Market to walk around and get some fresh fruit or smoothies to munch on….

But then we got to the Farmer’s Market and realized it doesn’t start until next weekend.  Boo.

Next option, go grab some breakfast together.

We went to Black Bear Diner for our first time ever and for the first time on this blog (I think…) I didn’t love it (usually I go on and on about how much I love restaurants right?!).

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Andrew didn’t love it either.  BUT Brooke was so confused about why we didn’t like it because she said the pancakes were the best she has ever had.  We had to convince her to come home with us.

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We spent the rest of the morning getting chores done (Brooke was a big help) around the house and yard work too.

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Brooke then had two birthday parties to attend… Our Saturday turned out to be nuts.

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Birthday party #1 was on her own and #2 was with us.

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I want a donut eating from a string competition at my 32nd bday party.

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From there we went straight to a meet-up with three of my greatest friends from high school. We do not see each other enough but whenever we do, we pick right back up from where we left off.

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We decided to have a salad bar so we each brought a few of our favorite salad bar toppings and boom… the perfect dinner.

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If I could just have a salad bar set up like this on my counter every day of my life, I would be very happy.  I definitely went back for more.

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From there we went over to my parent’s house… they had a big get-together for my brother that is in town for 23 hours.  My sister gave Brooke Curly’s old Elsa dress so be prepared to see this dress in pretty much 90% of Brooke’s photos from here on out.  We did the Elsa braid shortly after.  PS my mom still hasn’t seen Frozen.. I think she and Brooke need to sit down and watch that this week together.

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My mom pulled out this gorgeous dessert from Costco (yes, our family has an extreme fond connection to that large store).

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And for the other option she had ice cream sandwiches!  Andrew and I watched Passengers when we got home.  It was SO good.

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My nephew is rocking the 300m hurdles… look at him FLY!! I would be very afraid to try a hurdle judging by the fact that I can’t run on a sidewalk without falling lately.

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Have you seen this!?! Kilian Jornet ran/climbed up Mount Everest in JUST 26 hours (the fastest known time) w/no bottled oxygen or fixed ropes!  “Running is Kilian’s life.”

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What are three things that you are doing (or have done) today?!?

No running over here… my knee from my fall still wants nothing to do with running.  Yes, I’m already missing running and yes, I am beyond dramatic about a lot of things but especially running. GOOD MORNING ANDREW (his favorite way to wake up;) Instead of running I went to the gym to do approximately … Continue Reading

Well, my run started out fabulous.  I was grateful for my water bottle to keep me hydrated, the miles felt smooth, I felt strong and I was happy to be out in the fresh air. And then things got really windy and stormy… but I reminded myself over and over again that a headwind is … Continue Reading

While Andrew was out doing some errands he picked up one of my FAVORITE meals on the way home. Cupbop!  It is Korean bbq and the bowl comes with a potsticker, chicken, rice, veggies and noodles.  They have the best sauces ever to go on top and they are so ridiculously good.  I hope you … Continue Reading

Wednesday is my current speed day! 10 x 2 FAST, 1 minute recoveries and 7 miles total! She helped me with pushups afterwards. Went to go pick up Knox! I cannot stop eating cherries… heaven. Pancake with fruit for my breakfast. Just playing army dogs this morning. She calls this watch her garmin. This new … Continue Reading

It’s that time of year when lying down on the sidewalk after a run happens often for me:)  I don’t do this during the winter because my goal in life after winter runs is to get to my hot shower as soon as possible.  For hot runs, I love to finish the miles and hit the … Continue Reading

We just got our pictures back from the amazing Niki (her photography Instagram is amazing:)!  The last time that we had pictures of all of my siblings and parents was 23 years ago so it was time for an update! Sure love these people a whole lot. Yesterday afternoon Brooke had a friend over so … Continue Reading