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Chicago Marathon Weekend, Old Friends, and Becoming A Goat (Weekend Recap)

What a freakin weekend: in the midst of the Chicago Marathon excitment I go the chance to catch up with old friends and I miiiight just be becoming a furry farm animal. Allow me to explain.

PS As I am sitting here, I am listening to the cheering of spectators for the marathon! I live literally 100 ft from the course in one direction, and a tenth-quarter of a mile in the other direction. Basically the best apartment ever for a runner. Except when you are out of groceries and trapped because all of the stores are on the the other side of the marathon course. But whatever. 

Free Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat at the end of the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the finishers! Find out more about the race at

Cheers to all who were running!

Let’s recap the weekend, shall we??

HIP UPDATE: (refresher here) going in for a Phys Med appointment today. I no longer think that it is actively fractured, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I had a mini stress reaction. After the peak of pain last Tuesday and then Wednesday night, the pain subsided and continued to change. I had significantly decreased range of motion and strength in the hip in the middle of the week, but as the week progressed into the weekend, the motion has largely returned, as has the strength. It still can ping a little bit with pain in certain manipulations, but much better. I have no doubt that this is complicated by the fact that I am in my 24-25 weeks of pregnancy, and the baby is growing and my pelvis is changing. We will see what they say, but I’m being as good as I can be aka not running but still staying mobile.

Seeing Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is part of my December in Chicago Bucket list! Find out what else I want to do this winter at @suzlyfe

I won’t be doing this any time soon

Speaking of…

Friday was a BUSY one at work. I got 20,000 steps at work alone. I also went full on piggy mode, and I don’t care πŸ˜€ But I had my best day of work ever, had some awesome tables (including a family celebrating the fact that the mom is officially cancer free!) and I received a super sweet gift from a coworker that knew last week was tough on me. Plus, the heart flutters, shortness of breath, and nausea were less, so that helped as well!

Saturday was busy, but for very different reasons. Since I’m not running, I got to sleep a bit extra (after waking up and having breakfast, because that is how I work), and then Alex and I went and had brunch with Caitlin and Joe!!!

Caitlin is one of my OG blog friends (along with Sarah), and we have been through a lot together over the years. She is just one of my favorite people, and I was reminded of why during brunch with her. She also brought Yoshi a present, which is already in the nursery!

We went to Hopsmith, and Alex got the “Breakfast Nachos” which should have been called “Order one of these per table and share.” Seriously, they were the size of a food challenge. We shared a skillet cinnamon roll as a  table, then I ate my (super delicious) skillet, which had eggs, veggies, and was on top of sweet potato fries!!!!!!) and then I helped him with his nachoes, and we STILL ended up with 2 LARGE take home boxes of food. We gave one to a homeless person outside, and the other Alex repurposed for Sunday’s lunch.

I then headed downtown for a fitness event that I was invited to, and, honestly, I should have just stayed home. I’m sure the event was fine, but because of rerouting due to the marathon, a lack of clear directions as to which part of Soldier Field to go to, and the fact that I had lunch with Caitlin and Joe and was therefore a bit later, I got there not in the mood to be all event-y. Plus, I couldn’t do the workout because of my hip, so there was that. 

The event was the Tone It Up + Jillian Michaels + Corepower Yoga Tour, and I was actually down with all of that–I would modify my workouts and take advantage of the stretching and VIP aspect of it. But when my hip/pelvis decided to give me the middle finger, I decided that I would go based on my commitment and the fact that they were expecting me.

Lesson learned that I should have stayed home. I’m changing as a person, my priorities are changing, and I was just a poor sport about the whole thing.

And then it took 1.5 hours for me to get home because of marathon traffic. 

So by the time I got home at 3, I was just blarg. Not mad or even frustrated, just a bit annoyed with myself. 

Cue sugar eating. 

Then it started to monsoon, but we had a baby shower to go to, and THAT ended up being the saving grace of the night, even though I went FULL ON goat mode and ate another plate(s) of Mexican food, and multiple mini cupcakes. Enough to feel icky about myself after. 

Oh, and I woke up hungry at 4:30, if you were wondering. #ohbody

But the shower was great–old friends (Alex has known the mama-to-be since they were kids), and they were actually the couple we stayed with when Alex interviewed in Chicago! She is due at the end of this month, and she looked amazing. She always does. Other than the belly, you’d have no idea she was even pregnant!

We planned on going for just a bit, we stayed for a long time, then we came home and both just kind of collapsed. I had vastly overeaten, Alex was just vastly tired… 

Sunday, of course, was Marathon day. I woke up, ate (because I was hungry??), and then putzed around until Alex woke up and we took the dog for a romp and then went to spectate. We got to see Caitlin run by, and then Alex ran by (after taking the dog home), but I missed my other friends and clients, even though I was searching desperately for them. Turns out that there are a lot of people running. 

The morning reminded me so much of two years ago when I ran–almost identical weather! I wore my Chicago Stripe Pro Compression socks in support and my Chi Marathon pull over. I may not be running the race (or even currently), but I am still a part of the runner’s community.

Then I finished the crib and waited (seriously, I was WAITING) for lunch. #IamaGoat. I had lunch. Then ate the squash that I roasted. I proceeded to then help Alex with his lunch. #wasnthungry I also got stung by a yellow jacket in the thumb. Those suckers HURT. The rest of the day we took a walk, got groceries, I took a nap, and then we headed up to Evanston for a BBQ for the GI fellows, which was soooo fun, and I did exactly what I expected that I would do aka bottomless pit of a stomach (I was full, but why stop?!). I also had my first pumpkin desserts of the season πŸ˜€

This week is a short work week because MOM IS COMING!!!! So freaking excited. SO EXCITED. But first, I have to go to make sure my hips aren’t going to break into two. Kidding but not really?

Congratulations to ALL who raced this weekend, as well as everyone who just had a good weekend. If you didn’t ahve a great weekend, I hope that this week turns around for you!

Favorite squash? Love me some delicata

Are you a goat? Or are you able to put it away?

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  • Reply Emily

    Ok, I am soooo in love with the fact that you got a skillet cinnamon roll; that sounds AMAZING. And our family loves to get nachos and devour them before a meal at a restaurant.

    Your location in Chicago does sound absolutely wonderful for marathon spectating. The one year that I watched my brother do a marathon I realized that spectating can be just as fun as running, just in a different less exhausting way.

    October 9, 2017 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Ohhh I really hope your hip is just messed up from pregnancy and not really even the start of a stress fracture. How stressful.
    Glad the rest of your weekend went well though and have fun with your Mom!!!!

    October 9, 2017 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I hope your hip does not turn out to be a stress fracture you sure don’t need that right now! You both do have the most epic weekend eats-those nachos omg

    October 9, 2017 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real

    Here’s hoping your hip pain is just related to pregnancy and not anything worse! I volunteered at the Chicago marathon for 3 years and the environment is unreal! I hope to one day one in it.

    October 9, 2017 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    I got stung by a yellow jacket on my palm this week! It hurt for dayssssss. Glad your hip is feeling better. Here’s to hoping the third trimester is a breeze. ☺️

    October 9, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    I wish I would have seen you! Alex and I ran on the left side, close to the curb so our friends and family could easily spot us. We had the BEST time running the Chicago!!! The energy and enthusiasm from the crowd was amazing! I didn’t even focus on how tired I was because I was having so much fun. I love our city even more now, it’s pretty freaking incredible! Oh, and thank you for your coaching, because I jumped out of bed this morning without a bit of soreness or pain. I truly feel fine, just like I did last year after my first marathon. πŸ™‚

    October 9, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Yes, Mommy is coming and I am trying to pack light…….which is not an easy feat for me.!!

    This week has been a strange one of saying “goodbye” to old friends who are retiring and moving either away or moving on to a new adventure.
    When we moved to the lake “for the summer” four years ago, I tried very hard to keep up with all of my “Atlanta people” and friends. Over these 4 years, people’s lives have changed, as had mine, and I’m not really a part of my “old Atlanta world” anymore.
    This summer has been a season of change-physical, personal, mental and emotional. Over the past few weeks, I experienced changes and losses that are hard-yes, emotional-yes, sad-yes, but also liberating-yes and its time-yes.
    To every season……and the season has come…..

    October 9, 2017 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Do goats eat a lot? Is that a thing? Then yes, I am one.
    I hope your hip is getting better! As someone else with a bad pelvic history (how is that a thing?), that’s a future pregnancy concern of mine.
    And I’m seriously jealous of your mom weekend. I’m fine and I like exploring new places but tbh I just want my mommy right now. ENJOY πŸ™‚

    October 9, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    Hope the hip issue ends up being pregnancy related instead of a fracture. All that food sounds amazing!

    October 9, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing

    Oh no – I hope your hip ends up being something minor!

    All of that food sounds so yummy!

    October 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Ack – hope your hip is ok woman! My left near has been flaring up like crazy but have I been listening to my body as well as you have? Errrrr not so much #guilty Crossing my fingers that it’s something minor for you!
    I’m so excited for you to get a visit from Mommy! I’ve lived in my new location for 2 years now and my mom still hasn’t come to see me lol

    October 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I hope you get some good news about your hip! You sure did cram alot into one weekend. The Chicago Marathon sounds like such a great race!

    October 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yay for Mom time!!!!

    I am crossing my fingers for you that the hip issues disappear! Ouch!

    October 10, 2017 at 4:23 am
  • Reply wendy@takingthelongwayhome

    I am so sorry to hear about your hip. Hopefully, it is just your body telling you to hang up your running shoes and take care of yourself!

    October 10, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    I hope your hip is ok! Fingers crossed for good news!

    October 10, 2017 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Cora


    I’ve had some real crummy days at work lately, but then those days that are good? Man you just feel SO thankful for them, don’t you? Some people don’t even realize how big the small things they do mean.

    I sure hope you get some answers about your hip or that is continues to somewhat heal itself/give you less discomfort. Those breakfast nachos are one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. And eggs ontop of sweet potato fries is GOLDEN. That restaurant… I need to experience this.

    Keep resting. Keep loving. Keep living. ENJOY TIME WITH MOM!!

    October 10, 2017 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Good lord girl…I hope the hip isn’t horrible. I had major SI joint/hip pain with my first pregnancy and wore a pregnancy support belt for a while. Though there was no fracture. Take care of yourself!
    Those nachos…woah, that could feed a family+++

    October 10, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Crossing my fingers for good news on your hip!

    October 10, 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I hope you hear good news on your hip! Butternut squash is my current favorite squash, although we have several varieties just waiting to be eaten.

    October 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Ugh, that sucks about your hips girly! Hope everything gets better ASAP !

    October 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Hopefully your hip is ok! On another note, you look so good and HAPPY!

    October 11, 2017 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply

    Sounds like a bit of a nightmare getting round your place when the Marathon is on. No wonder you were stocking up on food whenever you could, just in case you couldn’t make it to the shops on the other side!

    October 12, 2017 at 5:16 am
  • Reply San

    Oh, I hope your hip is ok…. that must be a …weird sensation… in that area? I guess pregnancy tests you in all sorts of ways!

    Glad your Mom is coming! Yay for family time. I am jealous, obvs.

    October 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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