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#allthefeels: Happy, Proud, Satisfied, Overwhelmed

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!


So happy to join up with Erin!

A simple weekend. Simplicity is relative. In fact, I feel a bit more overwhelmed than ever. But at the same time? Happier and prouder than ever.

Proud of my friends:

Try getting your new co-officers to take you seriously now, Joe ;)

Try getting your new co-officers to take you seriously now, Joe 😉

Congratulations to Caitlin and Pennsylvania State Police Officer Joe, who welcomed the latest addition to their family, Milo (as well as some other super exciting news that is in the pipeline, but we don’t want to jinx).



Congratulations to Erica, who celebrated her 12th wedding anniversary with Neil, and Kate, who celebrated her 1st with Dan (and moved halfway across the country!.



Congratulations to all who ran and raced this weekend—we are getting to the end of Marathon Madness. Mo, Lacey, Nevie, Annmarie, and my great friends at Team Challenge took on the bright lights, big city of Las Vegas for the Rock N Roll Vegas Half and Full Marathons.



My little (and Maid of Honor!) ran the Richmond half, as did a few other old friends!

To Debbie, who I partnered up with to run the Guts and Glory Virtual Race to raise money for CCFA.

debbie ccfa guts glury

Debbie never ceases to amaze me. She had major surgery this year, came back to the sport that she loved, figured out how to work around new “limitations,” never gave up, and ran a half this summer/fall, and keeps on going. And she puts up with Maine weather, missing her family, and does it all with a smile on her face and unending determination.

ccfa turkey trot medal team challenge


Next up for our little team of Crohn’s Misfits is the Team Challenge Turkey Trot!

Oh, and she found the Zevia Sparkling Pear Cider that I posted to Instagram, but gives it a 7 out of 10.  Who is taking on the apple? PS you can find it at Whole Foods.

guts glory me

See that beautiful layering and colors? Practicing my preaching!

I am proud of my own run on Saturday—it was a run that got me “back.” I decided to do 14 miles, and, I will be straight up with you, I was going through the motions, fighting my brain for the first 8-9 miles. I just couldn’t “click” with what I was doing. Then I couldn’t open my ginger, had to stop, ended up cutting my lip up trying to open it, but it was like after that, the veil lifted. I talked a little about the run on my Instagram account, but in short, I finished that run feeling untouchable. To be fair, I did have a slight tailwind rather than a headwind, and that always helps, but I felt like I was flying—my legs felt strong, I felt like every step was sure, and like a missing part of the harmony had gotten back on key.

I know that some will read that as all “ooooo running blah blah blah preach the sermon drink the Koolaid.” I’m ok with that. We all have something that feels natural to us, and when it isn’t feel natural, it is the worst thing ever, and then all of the sudden it clicks back, and we are good. So. That. And I ran my fastest half since my PR race last year, and basically negative split the sucker. SO BAM.

Ok, a few other things that we did:

Sage Crispy Chicken, Eggs, Peppers, Smashed potatoes, bacon, and a buttermilk biscuit (that you can't see because of the glare). Even Alex couldn't finish it with my help!

Sage Crispy Chicken, Eggs, Peppers, Smashed potatoes, bacon, and a buttermilk biscuit (that you can’t see because of the glare). Even Alex couldn’t finish it with my help!

Alex and I had brunch with his cousin at Hash House a Go Go, where as per usual they f-ed me over with my meal (I didn’t even modify it, but I was promised that it was just some light spray used to cook it and it THREE napkins to soak up the grease that I didn’t even press out of it! Even Alex thought it was gross OY). Alex’s was delicious, though, and even though his was far more unhealthy, his didn’t have an oil slick on it! Weird.

I had my new pancake recipe for dinner and made Alex some French toast (all brunch, all day biatches), and he fell asleep at 7:30 on the couch and we got in bed at 9. To be fair, he did stay out until 2 am the night before (I stayed out until the late late hour of 11, still proud). And Sunday we went to a cool exhibit (more to come), grocery shopped, lounged, read, watched tv, cooked, and generally just had us time.

And Zoe helped Dad play NCAA Football. She's a pal, she is.

And Zoe helped Dad play NCAA Football. She’s a pal, she is.

Simple is relative.

This week, however, is going to push me hard—I have a lot to do, a lot of new projects to work on, but I am looking forward to it, if for no other reason than to show myself that I can.

Was your weekend “simple”? What is your idea of a “simple weekend”?

What was a simple something from this weekend that made you purely happy?

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  • Reply Tina Muir

    So much excitement in your life right now! Its always nice when those close to us have good going on! I am glad to hear you plowed through your run on sat, and it paid off, isn’t it funny how that happens sometimes?! I am sure that shook some rust off so you will feel much better now 🙂
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Spinach and Artichoke PotatoesMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so! WD-40 ain’t got nothing on me!

      November 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    So sweet of you to dedicate the first half of this post to other people. You’re such a doll. I couldn’t be happier for Joe & Caitlin. Those two have many fun things to look forward to in the near future.
    Jessie recently posted…Babies Update: 29 Weeks & 2 Days + a Giveaway!My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just try to keep the good going. And I know, I couldn’t be happier for them either–so glad everything is falling into place for them!

      November 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    You guys know how to make a weekend out of it. That run sounds terrible and awesome all at once. I love when that happens and you can turn it around. Sometimes the best runs come from the worst.
    Sarah recently posted…Richmond Full/Half Marathon #MegsMilesMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Terrible and awesome all at once is truly a spot on way to say it. Luckily, the good part of it outweighed the terrible.

      November 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I love how you congratulate your friends 🙂 “Hash house” sounds like an interesting place to hang out -LOL. Happy Monday
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Fresh Cranberry, Pear & Orange Sauce-Meatless MondayMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahaha, yes it is indeed. And I just try to help spread some of the love around–I know how awesome it is to feel like someone is noticing your efforts!

      November 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    So much happy and hooray!

    And BAH @ “to be fair…” and “tailwind”. It isn’t fair if it’s headwind. :\ Have a glorious Monday, darling!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…Should You Run Today?My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha Oh Chicago, SO MUCH WIND. Have a great one!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    To me a simple weekend is pretty much doing the things that I do every weekend, with no added busy stuff or stress. Those are pretty much my favorite kinds of weekends. Even the super fun weekends can just be a lot to recover from. Good luck with everything this week!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…The Holidays Begin (MIMM)My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? When is my weekend’s weekend? Loved reading about your Thanksgiving!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Lots going on for you and your friends at the moment 🙂
    My week was pretty simple, just post holiday washing, ironing and email replying. Can you tell I am happy to be back? haha
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Jamaican Adventures by DanniiMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahaha, well we missed you! I loved reading about and seeing your vacation pics. I have been itching to go back to Jamaica for some time now…

      November 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    Sounds like an awesome weekend to me! Congrats to all your friends too, there is nothing like being happy and supportive for those you love!!

    My weekend for the most part was simple, but Saturday I got to spend the day with my niece and her friends and did some fun things that was out of the ordinary, but Sunday was as simple as it gets….grocery shopping, playing with the boys, meal prepping, house cleaning, getting caught up on tv shows and a bit of reading. It was perfect!

    Good luck this week, you may have a lot on your plate but I KNOW you will be great, because you always are!! Kick some a$$ my friend!
    Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles recently posted…Weekly Wrap UpMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, I need that encouragement. I loved reading about your time with the girls–there is nothing like being 16! And then getting everything put back together afterward–ha! Days off are anything but.

      November 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    The best part about running is having a run that is miserable and either bouncing back the next day with the best run or better yet bouncing back within the same run to have negative splits. Congrats Suz!

    I love brunch at all hours of the day. I used to love growing up when it was breakfast for dinner time. I still implement that into my everyday. I went to Hash House a Go Go with my parents and grandma and was sorely disappointed. They almost take glutenous food to an obnoxious level. Happy Monday!
    Sara @ Lake Shore Runner recently posted…Marvelous Monday & Tried It Tuesday LinkUpMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I was not happy this go round of Hash House. It was great the first time that we went there (a few years ago), but this was no bueno. Scratch it off the list! And thanks for the snaps on the run–and I can’t wait to hear more about Philly!

      November 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    So cool that you celebrate your friends. Sometimes simple is the best.
    We ran around all weekend, but the highlight was making dinner together at home Sunday and watching a movie with the dogs on the couch.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Orlando Like a LocalMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WE all need to celebrate each other! What is the point otherwise?! I got some good kitty cuddle time in, but there is nothing puppy snuggles.

      November 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Wow, great run!!! You are amazing with your shout out to your friends too! I absolutely love brunch, but It MUST have a mimosa with it 🙂
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…WIN Detergent Review/GiveawayMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Mar @Mar on the Run

    Love the support you give your friends. Character of a truly good person you are 🙂 my weekend was very simple and not yet over since I’m traveling but a relaxing one for sure.
    Mar @Mar on the Run recently posted…Day 1 – GratitudeMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just like to surround myself with happiness, what can I say! I hope good traveling? Traveling can be exhausting….

      November 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Erica { }

    Man I’m envious of your pace times!

    Simple joy this weekend was just enjoying some ice cream and watching Community with the husband!
    Erica { } recently posted…Meet Salems new brother, Rudy!My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How much Arctic Zero did you eat? haha. And I love the pic of Rudy staring at the camera 😀

      November 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm
      • Reply Erica

        Ummm…about 2-3 pints a week 🙂

        November 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    you are such a great encourager of your friends. i think that’s such an incredible trait, to be able to truly get excited for the people you love and share their joy. my wknd was amazing, for alllll simple reasons: so much relaxing/down time coupled with two workouts: a run on Sat am and my first barre class w/ one of my best friends on Sunday. but the best part of my wknd was Saturday evening-Sunday evening — a full 24+ hours with said best friend, curled up on her couch with good eats and movies and so so so much girl time. i left her apt last night feeling amazinggggg and thankful.
    Shawna recently posted…Friday Five {11.14.14}My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, well thank you–it just makes me so happy to see other people happy, and to see myself happy. I just hope to spread a bit of it around. And your weekend sounds incredible. There really is nothing like having 24 hrs straight with your best friend–you just leave feeling completely refreshed and ready for whatever is to come!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    When running just clicks that way it’s amazing and worth preaching! It’s a gift, not a given. When a run like that happens it’s hard not to talk about it!

    November 17, 2014 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true. It is then that all of the struggle is just so, so worth it.

      November 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    celebrating my papa-in-law’s 61st with Italian food, frisbee and football. Family tops my list of “simple joys” <3
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…Guilt Free Glam: Shower FavoritesMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um, that is fantastic. Please tell me that you PIL is a champion frisbee player?

      November 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I had a super low-key weekend too. Sometimes those are SO nice! Also breakfast food is the best so having it for every meal is perfect in my books.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…Weekend recap & 4 things surveyMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 8:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had it for the majority of my meals this weekend, so yes, bfast RULES

      November 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill

    Simple IS relative – and I love hearing about your weekend, thoughts and news! Kudos to 14 miles and having the mental strength to do it!

    November 17, 2014 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, and coming from someone who cranks them out on the regular 😉 You be KILLIN it on your miles!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    What a cute little kitty!! I want another pet!

    And random but I’d love if you shared this post on my new Weekend Snapshots link up. The link-up just went live today!
    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted…Weekend Snapshots Link-upMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Jill

    Always thinking of others! How sweet of you to share your friends milestones today. You are a gem Susie. Oh and not to mention just cranking out a random 14 miler. NBD!!!
    Jill recently posted…Delirious Musings from my DeathbedMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, just good things all around, for all of us 😀

      November 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    this weekend,
    i slept, slept some more, napped, read, napped some more, read and went to bed!
    somewhere in there, between naps, we ate…….somewhere… there!

    November 17, 2014 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Slow down, don’t overdo yourself!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Lots of things to be proud of this weekend for you! That new kitty of your friends is just so cute! I need it to add to my collection ; )
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…Beach Wedding WeekendMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 10:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, you will have to take that up with Caitlin

      November 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    If there were an award for being lazy on a weekend, I’d probably win it. Saturday I did not much (being errands and chiropractor) and Sunday was spin and organizing, with a sufficient amount of couchtime thrown in, of course 🙂
    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Ragnar Vegas RecapMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, yeah, I mean #winning and #balance, always

      November 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Rae

    My weekend was very simple, and very good. Pizza, movies, beer, cleaning, cooking, making wedding playlists, dancing with my honey, and hanging out with a cute baby. No complaints here 🙂
    Rae recently posted…Manic Monday – 11/17/14My Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds MAGICAL

      November 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    I’m glad you got some couple time! My weekend was super low-key. I did some light cleaning, meal prepping and started decorating for Christmas! I know, I know. Thanksgiving is next week so I at least waited this long.
    Earl-Leigh recently posted…Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness EditionMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m surprised you held out for so long! WILLPOWER

      November 18, 2014 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Farrah

    That sucks about the super-grease at that restaurant, but yay for so many friends’ accomplishments + things to celebrate! :]!

    I finally switched out my summer clothes (the denial had to end sometime :/ ) for my winter clothes and folded all my laundry/cleaned-ish my apartment, so there’s that!
    Farrah recently posted…Pumpkin Spice CupcakesMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, Yeah, it was really gross, actually–I could rotate the plate and watch it pool. That isn’t normal. The thought of having on summer clothes right now is terrifying. Unless the temperature was right.

      November 18, 2014 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    So I come to your page and the first thing I read are the tags, and specifically, the word overwhelmed. Girl I’m right there with ya! You know my weekend was the opposite of simple 😉 lol You are going to rock this week! I know you will and it’s because you are such a strong woman and can! I’ll be thinking of you!
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…Some new happeningsMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m thinking of you too! We both are overwhelmed with good stuff–and sometimes that is almost harder, because we want to do everything justice. I hope you are making progress with your stuff!

      November 18, 2014 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Amber

    I admire your steadfastness and ability to be so strong. 14 miles, I cannot even fathom 4! Simple weekends are the best, sometimes too busy of a weekend leaves me feeling like I need a weekend of rest from a weekend of fun!
    Amber recently posted…3 Ingredient Healthy “Brownie” BatterMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That was last weekend, for me. It was nice to spend some time on our biscuits but now I have some things that I gotta get going on. I gotta push through them like the run!

      November 18, 2014 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I’ve always wanted to go to Hash House A Go Go but hearing your reaction…woof. I mean I love grease but sometimes it’s just too excessive and not worth it, considering how hard we all work on our fitness 🙂 it makes me so happy that you and alex got to have a relaxing weekend! Thanks for being honest about your run! It’s a process. Sometimes it’s not “love at first sight” haha. BRUNCH ALL DAY, BITCHES!
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…night at the museumMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, being able to pour oil off your plate is a no-go. Which is really sad because it was pretty good last time! But yeah, sometimes things don’t click. I’ve had some yoga practices like that, and that was when I knew I needed a bit of a break–when I didn’t finish with that feeling of ok, this is why I do it.

      November 18, 2014 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Cassie

    My weekend was not simple at all because it was so busy but I loved it.

    Something simple that made me happy… On my way to my long run I missed the turn and kept driving. The surf was UNREAL. Then when I finished I sat on the beach and watched all the surfers. I wanted to be out there with them but just seeing them made me so happy.
    Cassie recently posted…Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie BurgerMy Profile

    November 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds just remarkable. One of those moments of purity and clarity.

      November 18, 2014 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Way to go with your run- those are the best when you finish and just feel like you owned it! Thank you so much for the love and support, you’re an awesome friend!! It means a lot <3
    Annmarie recently posted…Meatless Monday: Italian Baked Avocado for One!My Profile

    November 18, 2014 at 12:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so welcome! I think that we all need some lovin for time to time! 😉

      November 18, 2014 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Ursula

    Good luck with the new projects and I hope life isn’t too overwhelming at the moment! it sure gets busy fast though 🙂 Having runs like your Saturday run is the best! It’s been way too long since I’ve been out for a long run but I so need to get back at it. Keep it up my dear
    Ursula recently posted…Five For FiveMy Profile

    November 18, 2014 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Anndd then I got sick, lol. But it was kinda nice because it forced me to step back. Though I would rather have not feel like death every not haha

      November 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Carly

    Lovely shout outs!
    The Doctor Diva

    November 18, 2014 at 10:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it’s nice to get some shout outs out there, don’t you?

      November 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    My weekend was simple yet busy at the same time! My husband and I went on a date, I played with the girls in the SNOW!, relaxed, ran a 10k race and just enjoyed it all…well, all but the 10k 😉
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…MIA in PicturesMy Profile

    November 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, we all know that not all runs can be winners. Honestly, if mine had been just a 10k, I wouldn’t have been so happy about it!

      November 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere

    I love this post! Its chock full of all amazing things..yay! 🙂
    Lazy Sundays=a happy place in my heart! 🙂 I could totally go to bed at 9 pm. Heck, its 1:30 pm and i could go to bed right MEOW!!!!

    COngrats on the run that brought you BACK, girl! I love those!

    November 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now I need another one of those, please and thank you!

      November 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Dr. Vasili Gatsinaris @ NLW

    You are such an inspiration to those who are suffering from chronic diseases like Crohn’s disease. Never let your condition stop you from being happy in life. Enjoy life. Keep it up!
    Dr. Vasili Gatsinaris @ NLW recently posted…“Fascia Therapy in Irvine” New Technique!My Profile

    January 7, 2015 at 5:32 am
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