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Late Summer Girls Weekend!

I needed this late summer girls weekend. Not your typical girls weekend, with clubs and carrying on, but with my mom and my fur daughters! Plus, I accomplished another of my summer fitness goals!

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Friday started with a easy but WINDY run on the lake. Holy moly was it windy. I still don’t have running sunglasses (since I lost mine), so I’m running in my hat, and there were a few times that I almost lost it. Once my hat was ripped off my head as I was running to CES coaching, and I literally had a panic attack as I ran off after it. This particular hat is my favorite because it is a) the most comfortable and functional and b) my MCM marathon hat (my first marathon). So yeah, never letting that sucker go!

Then it was time for our first visit to the vet, and she was a very good girl!

Ridley being a good girl at the vet!

Afterwards, I took the pup to the park, as many of you saw in Instagram. We like big sticks and we cannot lie. 

Speaking of, have you met Ridley yet?

Mom finally got here and we went to Sultan’s Market for a quick lunch (we were both starving) before coming back home for puppy time! Mom got extended puppy time because I had a few clients to train, but then I came back and fixed dinner (Hello Fresh honey mustard salmon and Israeli couscous–use code ABA8GF for $40 off your first box!). So we sat out on the balcony and drank a $6 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and ate dinner and it was everything.


I woke up and had my half caff coffee (ps, if you haven’t gotten the Archer Farms Pecan Pie coffee, GO AND DO THAT RIGHT NOW) with a cinnamon raisin bagel thin, handful of chocolate chex (because, chocolate), and some nut butter and then played with Ridley for a bit before heading out for my run. She was sleeping on my lap. I couldn’t move her!

I don’t know if I was inspired by the fact that 20 milers were in the air (including the CES 20 miler–I can’t believe it has been a year!) or what, but I went out for my morning run and just kept going. I just want to say that it felt gooooood. I missed coaching (and I would have seen Deena again!) but I needed to run this for myself.

Super comfortable pace, just kept chugging along, and I accomplished my Summer Fitness Goal of a sub 2 hour half marathon without a potty break (#CrohnsDisease can suck it).  So between last weekend’s race and this weekend, all of my summer running goals were accomplished!

You know what followed: BRUNCH.

I took Mom to Orange, and we shared the pancake flight (Mexican Independence Day version), eggs, bacon, and rye toast. Oh and pot of decaf coffee. Because, you know, hydration.

Mexican Independence Day pancake flight at Orange Contemporary Brunch! Chilaquiles, Tres Leches, Pina Colada, and Flan and all absolutely delicious!

Apple Cinnamon Chilaquiles (with baked apples, sauce, and cinnamon sugar fried tortilla strips), Pina Colada (dried pineapple, coconut whipped cream, dried coconut), Flan (custard, caramel sauce, strawberry), Tres Leches (peaches, whipped cream, triple milk sauce). All with buttermilk pancakes. DE FREAKING LICIOUS.

Then we went for a walk about before returning to the pupper and taking her to Petco to get a bed and some new toys and treats!

I don't know who is happier in this picture.

I don’t know who is happier in this picture.

I needed a treat myself by the time we got back, so I cut up some veggies and tortillas with some hummus and also had a protein smoothie.

I made sure to get some Zoe time in, though, and I went and cuddled with her while the puppy was entranced by her new toys. I think she is getting a bit tired of being cooped up, so this week, I’m really going to work on getting her out of the bedroom and into the rest of the apartment.

We went to Standard Market for dinner so that we could sit outside. Mom got the lamb burger with sweet potato fries, and I got the newly redone Big Tuna salad (sesame crusted rare ahi tuna, mango, cucumber, snow peas, wontons) and an Illusive Traveler grapefruit shandy. 

Big Tuna salad at Standard Market Grill is packed with delicious healthy ingredients!

I love the Travelers Illusive Traveler Shandy! Delicious and not too much grapefruit!

Stuffed after, but Froyo was necessary on the way home. 

Then I fell asleep on the floor with the puppy. And was so zonked that Mom had to do the final walking!



Pup did a great job sleeping though the night–I was able to sleep until 6! I had a leisurely breakfast and then went to the gym to just get myself moving around. My back was talking to me a little bit–I had a rather higher mileage week than I had been planning on, and let’s be honest, everything makes me paranoid that has to deal with it. My foot feels better, so of course I need to have paranoia about my back, right? Going to take it super easy for a few days and see what happens. 

The rest of the day was rather leisurely–just trying to enjoy the time with my mom, work with the puppy and try to get Zoe to come out of hiding, and waiting for Alex to come home. We did take Ridley out to a dog friendly patio for lunch–let’s just say that I’m not the only one who thinks she is adorable!

As I said on Instagram... I CAN"T EVEN HANDLE HER. Ridley

This week is going to be busy–I have events 2 nights this weekend and one event all day long before I then have to rush to train clients, and somewhere during that day, I am going to have to come home to feed and take out the puppy. Well, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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  • Reply Carla

    Oh my gosh I adore this. Busy week ahead here as well. No day events πŸ™‚ three night events and in between I need to come home and feed the puppy. And by puppy I mean child and me πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2016 at 5:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I love Archer Farms coffees. Such delicious options. Congrats on the great run and hooray for a perfect weekend!

    September 19, 2016 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, they are so good! Thank you!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Glad you had a great weekend and congrats on your run! Its been awhile since I fell asleep on the floor. In our old apartment it happened occasionally but now we have hardwood floors so even with an area rug its just not ideal for laying on.

    September 19, 2016 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Didn’t phase me, lol

      September 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Sounds like the perfect weekend! You go Forest!

    September 19, 2016 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha no where’s my box of chocolates?

      September 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    What a busy weekend, so many comments! 20 miles, that’s amazing, congrats! Your pup is so adorable! And I know I’ve seen your pancake flights before and commenting on it, but I’ll say it again, it looks so so Delicious! I literally looked up restaurants to see if any place in DC does that, but couldn’t find anything. Maybe I’ll just have to make my own πŸ˜‰ Have a great week!

    September 19, 2016 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you should just demand that they make them for you!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    Pancake flight? That’s amazing! Looks like such a perfect weekend and I’m so glad you’re getting to see your mom!

    September 19, 2016 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was everything I needed!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a great weekend! Good eats, Mom time and Ridley is sooooo cute. Hope your back calms back down for you. I’d be panicky too.

    September 19, 2016 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s getting better, but it still makes me nervous!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    No bathroom stops for the WIN!

    September 19, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Crohn’s kid happy dance!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Hooray for a sub-2 13.1, that is amazing! And OMG Ridley…I just CANNOT stop staring! So cute!

    September 19, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I can’t stop staring either!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    So great to hear that you are feeling so great on your long runs. Yay for mom visits and your cute little dog. I have a fave pair of sweat pants that are starting to wear out. have a great week!

    September 19, 2016 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am glad too, Deborah, thank you! I have worn out a few pairs of sweats–don’t get me started on Alex’s collection!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Hooray for good food, mommy visit, and that long run! Ridley is too cute with that big stick. I can’t handle it.

    September 19, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Neither could she, apparently πŸ˜€

      September 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Skirt The Rules

    Sounds like the perfect girls’ weekend! πŸ™‚

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

    September 19, 2016 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    YAY for an awesome run, puppy and mom! All three get the description of “awesome” πŸ˜‰ I actually ran NYC in my all-time favorite hat (a NY Knicks hat that I’ve had since I was 4) and was really nervous about losing it. Turns out I was so cold that I put a ski mask (that covered my head) on top of it, so nothing was going anywhere!

    September 19, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha so you were in a balaclava like a thief πŸ˜€

      September 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Riley is so cute!!!! More puppy pictures please!!
    Also way to go on your 13.1 sans bathroom – you’re a rockstar my friend.

    September 19, 2016 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    A pancake flight?! What, count me in! Also, great job on the sub 2 13.1 with NO bathroom breaks. Wooo!

    September 19, 2016 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Big news for this Crohn’s kid!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    I love that you started running and just didn’t stop! That’s only happened to me once or twice, where I felt like I could’ve just kept going. And no stops along the way! Congrats! You must be feelin’ gooood! You know, I just noticed that Ridley’s natural gray on her face makes her look older, haha.

    September 19, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is attempting to look wise and distinguished. It is all a ruse.
      And thank you!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      or maybe the black half makes her look like a pirate…….what can I steal now……?!

      September 24, 2016 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Michelle

    awesomesauce all around. I can run a half without peeing, sometimes. Or at least I could back when I actually was running, LOL! Try the archer farms crème brulee coffee. I am totally addicted.

    September 19, 2016 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ooooooo I will!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I hope Ridley is always such a good girl at the vet! The last time Alex too Cooper he came home with his shirt literally in shreds. SHREDS. He said it took 3 nurses, the vet and him to get his shot and nails cut..
    Also, those PANCAKES. omg I need them in my life..

    September 19, 2016 at 9:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, yes you do.

      September 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I almost fell asleep on the floor yesterday; I LOVE Sundays and going to church, and I’m really physically exhausted afterwards. It’s such a big amazing day, so I almost fell asleep before a pizza dinner.

    Your mom and Ridley? Awww! πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2016 at 9:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can imagine falling asleep after pizza dinner. that sounds pretty grand!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    That puppy face! What a little sweetheart and just loving the name Ridley! Your brunch looked amazing. I may have to come up with some pancake creations here at home!

    September 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I then come and join?

      September 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    We don’t get fun flavours of coffee like that up here. Well, maybe we do but they’re hard to find. I’m glad you had such a fun weekend! I don’t think I have ever fallen asleep on the floor before. I love that you had such a great long run too. I did 17 miles just for fun. Well, my bff Lora needed a 20 miler for her race so I kept her company.

    September 19, 2016 at 10:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You crazy. But that is why I love you.

      September 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    What an awesome weekend! Hurray for meeting your summer running goals!! I ran the CARA 20 miler yesterday and it went pretty well. My stomach started acting up around mile 18 and I had to walk a minute, but other than that it was great. I met some awesome people and felt a huge sense of accomplishment. Next up, 26.2. Thanks so much for the solid coaching and support, my friend!

    September 19, 2016 at 11:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was just about to email you, actually! Slash just emailed you (multitasking, yo). I am so excited for you to run that marathon. First, though, you need to go to NATIONALS!!!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Love when long runs feel so good that you just keep going! Can’t say that’s happened to me recently hahaha but it’s definitely an awesome feeling. Ridley is the cutest. I’m not a huge dog person but oh my goodness I can’t stop staring at the pictures!!! Glad you got some mom time in too πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She would drive you nuts but she is so worth it

      September 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        who? me or Ridley? we could both drive you nuts!

        September 24, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    congrats on your run!! i sent you some serious speedy vibes/prayers. It worked! ps. my husband was in chicago all last week! I so wanted to go!!!

    September 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      One day, we will meet, and it will be glorious…

      September 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    Calling 6 AM sleeping in – ouch, I don’t think I’d be a good puppy mum ;). Ridley’s cuteness makes up for that, though, I guess [or I’m just a serious non-morning person]. Fingers crossed her and Zoe will be getting along soon!
    I’m happy you had a great weekend with your mum – that picture of her and Ridley is really cute. Also, that pancake flight … wow.

    September 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love the picture of Mom and Riddles. It makes me so happy every single time!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    I’m so jealous of your new pup! UGH. Please come visit me in AB so we can take Ridley for hikes.

    September 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me get some modicum of control over her, and then you’ve got it!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Kaella On The Run

    YAY!!!! So proud of you! Crohn’s CAN suck it!!! <3

    September 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    I have a specific pair of Lulu shorts that I LOVE to run in, and I always change my clothes immediately after a workout, even if I’m out and about. I’m so paranoid about losing them!

    And um, your dog is so freaking cute. She’s making me want to adopt a dog even though I already have one!!

    September 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is hilarious! I need to get my hands on some lulu shorts. ANd you be careful–I might send her your way for a bit πŸ˜€

      September 23, 2016 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Love the pic with you and your Mom and Ridley.

    September 19, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t she the cutest? (she being any of them, lol)

      September 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I had so much fun with Susie, Ridley and Zoe. Poor Zoe is not quite sure what this thing is that has come into her house. So, she slept on my head. It’s kind of weird having feet walk up your back and then have this warm body settle at the top of your head. It was wonderful!

    more soon….!

    September 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    How fun your mom got to come visit you and your fur baby. Those brunch pancake flts look delicious. And I gotta get me some of that pecan pie coffee. Yum!

    September 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yay for an awesome weekend – and a killer run! That must have felt so good!!

    September 20, 2016 at 1:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you girlfriend! It did!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply

    Ridley. So cute. So adorably cute!

    How is the meet of Zoe and Ridley coming on. Are you getting there yet? πŸ™‚

    We had a scare with Begbie on Sunday and he got taken to the vet yesterday. He’s got an ulcer on his eye (yuck) so we’re having to medicate that with ointment every day to help heal it. Poor thing, he’s feeling so very sorry for himself at the moment. πŸ™

    September 20, 2016 at 2:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh no! I hope Begbie is ok??
      Zoe and Ridley are starting to make progress! Very very exciting! Doing better and better! At least, I hope…

      September 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I love that you just kept running because…um, well, you just did. Very cool woman!!!
    And that pancake flight? OMG I need that in my life!!

    September 20, 2016 at 4:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It felt sooooo good. And then the pancake flight, well, that speaks for itself!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Cora

    So what IS Zoe’s take on this whole “new baby sister” thing? Or is she just taking her time to access the whole situation…
    Congrats on your run. That must have felt so glorious to have it come so naturally. I’m not a runner but when I have, I remember those runs that just felt like I had wings and could go forever. You be as paranoid as you need to be though, in regards to any little funny feels. You have an EXTRA being that needs you in full health now, too!

    September 20, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Zoe is…. well, she is Zoe, and that should explain how she is doing with the whole thing! They are starting to deal with each other. Sort of. And I know–I definitely think about the fact that I can’t get hurt because how will I take the little one on walks!

      September 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    Congrats on your killer run! Also, Ridley couldn’t not be any cuter!

    September 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply San

    Gah! Keep those Ridley photos coming. SO CUTE!!

    Sounds like a lovely weekend with your Mom. (Can’t wait for mine to get here next week!) and congrats on the sub-2 half. You go girl!

    September 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, San!! Have the best time with your mom next week!

      September 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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