I was gone from blog world for an entire day.  I know.  It felt very weird to not sit down and write down every detail of my life for a full 24 hours.  This weekend was a really fun one and we stayed very busy.  I like weekends like that.

My Saturday morning long run was a cold one this week.   This run was done on very little sleep so I am happy that I even got out there with the girls.  Like usual, I am always so happy once I get out there and start my run that I didn’t push the snooze button when my alarm tells me to get up.  12.3 miles to start off February.  

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We had a special event to get to yesterday morning.

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My niece was baptized!  She is one incredible little girl and I am so grateful to be able to spend so much time with her now that we are living so close to them.  

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Nothing like getting 4 girls together to go up to Deer Valley to eat a four course meal.  Jess was in town for the weekend so of course we had to go hang out at a restaurant for 3 hours to catch up on everything.  

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We went to Fireside (if you ever come to Utah you absolutely must eat here) at the Empire Canyon Lodge.  

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Picture including our first course (my favorite course).  Just imagine a plate full of delicious Swiss raclette cheese that you eat with potatoes and bread.  Perfection.

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Each of the four courses is served from the stone fireplaces.  The second course had stews, beef short ribs and fish and the third course had lamb and amazing cauliflower.  

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I take it back, this was probably my favorite course of the night.

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Laying down and rubbing our stomachs is just what had to happen after a meal like the one that we had last night.  

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See you in the afternoon with this week’s running summary!

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First commenter! Wooooo!

I missed you!

That’s all!

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What a wonderful day! Looks beautiful there. I missed reading your blog but I am glad you took a day away for yourself. You deserve it.

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Looks like a wonderful day! I love raclette so I know your dinner must have been awesome ;)

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That fondue–COME ON–amazing in every single way! I can taste it just reading the description. :)

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Glad you had a fun day! I DID miss you!

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Yes, it did seem a bit quiet over in HRG land. You have the best outings with friends. Or you should work for Utah tourism b/c you make it look great and I actually feel the need to vacation there now. ha! ;-)

Maybe you should contact Disney to see if they want to build a Disney Utah or something.

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Ooooh, all of that food sounds amazing!

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So glad you are having a great weekend!

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I love Deer Valley! And that did look like an amazing meal. When my hubs and I eat out there, we always go to Goldenir Hirsch, which is also amazing.

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Your Saturday was much more exciting than mine. The sleet we got Friday kept coming down until early yesterday morning. I finally went to work early afternoon. I made the fastest trip for one thing at Costco. (So sad I didn’t get to spend time browsing! But I did see really cute workout jackets for less than $20 in six different colors. I will be back to check those out this week!) I was in a hurry because I wanted to get to the gym before they closed at 7 PM. And I did! Worked out with my oldest daughter and then home to watch a movie with my girls.

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Your post has me convinced that I MUST go to the Empire Canyon Lodge now. That food sounds dee-licious.

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that place looks amazing!!! Glad you had a great time!

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I’m not sure if this is compassion or stalkish tendencies but I was worried! LOL Glad you had such a good day and how wonderful for your niece!

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Awesome first run of February!

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My grandma loves raclette and has two tabletop raclette grills at her house. It’s always a fun (and delicious) meal!

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Your niece is adorable- love the gap teeth and the way she likes to carry Brooke :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Glad you had a wonderful day! I love a good run to start off the month. And congrats to your niece on her baptism!
Wow, I REALLY want to go to that restaurant now.

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That fondue looks amazing!!!

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I can’t ever get over how beautiful Utah is! And that meal…I am definitely jealous!

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Umm the first course and last course sound in-credible….yum. Happy Sunday!!:)

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12.3 miles, just casual.. you’re such a beast! Do you eat any chews or gels during your runs? I can’t make it past 9 without some added fuel!

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Don’t ever leave us again! That was traumatizing.
You aren’t allowed to have a life outside of blogging ;)

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Glad you had a great weekend and unplugged a little! Sometimes we need that now and again. That menu looks DELICIOUS!

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I love that you run just oh 12+ miles because you can lol. You rock. I had the Miami Half Marathon (my first) and it was awesome! What an awesome way to end the weekend!

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I’ve never had a 4 course meal before. It sounds DELISH! Dessert would definitely be my favorite too! I missed you yesterday :)

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Aww, its nice to have a break every now and then! Looks like you had a packed, fun weekend! (and luckily its not over yet!)

That fondue looks AMAZING- that is my type of evening- good friends, indulgent food, and deep, fun conversations I am sure! :-)

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I ran 7 miles to start off my February yesterday! Awesome news about your niece! :) Yay for girl’s nights out at an incredible restaurant!

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Nice run, and that food looks amazing! Glad to see you back!

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MISSED YOU!
Looks like an amazing day and you deserve the break .

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Mmmm that first course does sound really, really, really good! I mean how can you go wrong with melted cheese and potatoes?! :)

I wish I could just wake up and do 12 miles. Your running base is so awesome. I can’t wait to (hopefully) get to that point during full marathon training later this year.

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Ooh, that dinner looks delicious and so fun!

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Congratulations to your cute niece! And I have to say that I am incredibly jealous of all your girlfriend time you spend! If I end up moving up there this fall I’m officially inviting myself to all of your delicious outings, mkay? Okay. ;-)

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Janae, Don’t you ever feel like you need to post on here two times a day or whatever… Your life comes first, and that’s what matters!
But, yes! WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

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So cute your niece got baptized how special.
Friends and fab food. Convincing me I need to plan a girl trip soon!
How do u fuel for your runs? I tried pretzels yesterday and they worked except for the chewing and breathing part I need to work on.

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Baptisms are awesome! So is that bubble skirt Brooke sported. :)

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Mmm that fondue dessert sounds amazingg!

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Sounds like a great weekend!
Congratulations to your niece!! Love Brooke’s outfit!

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Your niece looks so much like Brooke!

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Glad you had a good weekend!

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I know you were being sarcastic about us wondering where you went, but I actually did have a mini panic attack & told my roommates all about it;) That meal looks SO delicious & the Utah snow looks beautiful! I’m learning to love the snow (I’m a Californian living in Colorado:)

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Wow it looks beautiful there! I wish I lived where there were seasons!

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The food looks awesome!! I always say, I run to eat:)

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We did miss you! Okay…I’ll admit it. Didn’t even dawn on me there was a day missing. I actually thought I’d just read your blog like…four times.

Good to have you back! Glad your day was so beautiful!

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How sweet :) Your niece looks beautiful!!

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Yes! I missed you. Don’t think I’m crazy but when u dont check in, I worry! But I’m so glad u had an awesome day. Congratulations to your niece. I love baptisms because there is always such a sweet feeling there.
That food looks so good.

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Looks like you had a great day!!

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I think I want to move to Utah! Your surroundings are beautiful!!

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What motivates you to get up at 430 am to run? I’m 8 months post partum and haven’t run farther than 5 miles. As a stay at home mom with two step kids plus my baby, the only time I could run is early am. I’m not going to lose these last 10 pounds if I don’t. I have run 3 Fulls, countless halfs, 3 ten milers and several Misc races! I want to get back! I’m never going to be as fast or thin as you:(. But I just want to get “me” back!!! Help!

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That place is amazing!! ‘

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