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Lunching Ladies and Impromptu Long Runs

With Alex away, I got to play and rest a bit this weekend. And that meant that I met up with friends for lunch and had some running fun! Notice the distinct lack of productivity because… well, let me explain.

Thank you Katie and Erin for the Weekend Love!

Let’s quickly rewind back to Thursday. I mentioned in my Friday post that I had gone to Thrive360 Eatery with Erin during the day and then Sweatworking that night (where I had seen Jeana and Erica and some other friends). Alex and I also got our TSA Application finished, so hopefully he’ll get approved in time for at least a few of his 1857043857 upcoming flights. 

There is nothing so glorious as a perfect run! @suzlyfe

Friday, I went for a gorgeous, perfection run along the lake in gorgeous, perfection weather. It is amazing how good your legs feel when it is 70 and humidity free! I also saw the cross country teams back in action! The men were not too far behind the ladies, but I was busy ogling them 😀

Cross country is back!

Cross country is back!

Then I trained some clients and also discovered the my computer had stopped charging, this time for good. After my final client, I rushed home to take it to a nearby computer repair shop before meeting Tiffany for lunch at Standard Market Grill. 

Tuna Nicoise Salad at Standard Market Grill in Lincoln Park Chicago. Delicious and healthy! @Suzlyfe

I mean, does it get much better than eating a delicious tuna nicoise salad with one of your good friends? Not really. Plus, I got the good news not too much later that my computer was fixable and I would get it back that night after my clients! Fast forward to that night, and my computer was back in my hands and charging… but not connecting to networks. COOL.

Saturday morning was supposed to be my last long run before the Mag Mile Half Marathon, but it was pouring, so I decided that I would do it on Sunday… until it cleared up, I realized my computer was working, and I decided to do a short shake out run before taking it back in and then meeting Erica for lunch.

Well, cue 11:00 AM text to Erica asking for a little later lunch time so that I could take advantage of the weather 😀 It was a sweaty humid one, but I am glad that I did it then!

House Beet Cured Smoked Salmon with herb creamed cheese, picked onion, and carrot on gluten free everything bagel from Wheat's End Cafe in Lakeview Chicago. @suzlyfe

A quick shower (and one last delay), and I was back out the door to meet Erica at Wheat’s End, the gluten free cafe that we went to around the same time last year. I remembered how fantastic the beet cured lox was, so I got that again and licked that plate clean. I really like their gluten free bagels–the bagels are dense, but the flavor is incredible and they stand up well with the lox, herb creamed cheese, and pickled carrot and onion. FREAKING DELICIOUS.

After brunch, I headed back over to the computer shop, where they fixed the issue (when they took the computer apart to fix the power port, a wire literally got crossed). I had a quick appointment and then when home to do… something. Don’t really remember, but I know that I watched Hinterland on Netflix and ate the day away. 

It was a frozen pizza, beer, and Netflix night. It was pretty awesome.

Alex got home Sunday morning, and after he took a nap (I’ll admit I joined that nap for a little bit) we went for a delicious lunch and then gym, grocery, laundry-ed, and cleaned! I made stuffed peppers for dinner, called my dad to wish him a happy birthday, and then we watched The Last Kingdom.

Stuffed peppers for dinner! Simple, easy, healthy, and delicious! Recipe at

Drooling over Suz's lunch dates with fellow Chicago blogger friends! #bgbcommunity #sweatpink Click To Tweet

Low key weekend. Next weekend my girlfriend Courtney is visiting with a few of her friends and things are going to be busy! This weekend was another much needed rest. 

When was the last time you had a good, solid lunch date with a friend, much less three? 

How do you spend your time when you have a quiet weekend to yourself?

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  • Reply Carla

    I had the same sort of weekend 🙂 well at least yesterday.
    The husband and child planned an extravagant outing – – I passed. I ran away. I spent the whole day with friends. I feel recharged.

    August 29, 2016 at 5:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And it was everything 😀

      August 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    So many delicious looking eats!

    August 29, 2016 at 5:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I like to eat well!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I love quiet weekends and usually end up staying in most of the time.
    I try to be a little productive early in the weekend so I can spend the rest of the time relaxing.

    August 29, 2016 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was trying… but then the stupid computer nixed that. GAH

      August 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    I haven’t gone out for a lunch date in forever! I should change that! Your low key weekend sounds great but my fav part was the run in 70 degrees and no humidity. Gahhh aren’t those the best?! I am so excited for more of those days in the future. Not near future.. but whatever. I typically either am really productive when I have days to myself or I spend more of it on the couch relaxing than I’d like to admit 😉

    August 29, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to take Annabelle out and go see some of your friends! And preach to the couching. It just feels sooooo goooood

      August 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Pickled carrot & onion sounds strangely good! I wish my girlfriends lived closer so I could lunch with them on the regular.

    August 29, 2016 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need. And you need a girl date!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Those eats do look pretty delicious! And yay for an amazing long run- nothing better than that 🙂

    August 29, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love it!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Looks like a fun weekend! Marcia and I get together about once a month and that is a substantial lunch date! LOL. I also had lunch with my oldest son for his birthday last week. That was my favorite lunch date.

    August 29, 2016 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you and Marcia have lunch dates every month. I really miss having regularly scheduled dates with people. And that is a great lunch date indeed 😀

      August 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I love the Standard Market. That salad looks awesome. When I first saw this title I read it as “Punching Ladies.” My initial thought was, “That seems inappropriate.” Then my brain had enough time to process to think that I should reread it. Lunching is much better!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahahahahaha crack me upppp

      August 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Yay! Glad you had an awesome run! That salad looks effing amazing. <3! + beet cured lox sounds amazing!! At this rate, I'm gonna have to bring 6 extra stomachs if I ever get to come visit Chicago!!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHEN you come to visit!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I think my last quiet weekend by myself was before Chris and you were born– back in the 80s……!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll have a chill one when you come and visit!!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Amber Vesey

    i am drooling over your latest noms 🙂 chicago has such better fun food choices – glad you got to have a great run and unwind with some GF time <3

    August 29, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so necessary. I really needed to have the downtime!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Beet cured lox?!? Yum! I love long lunches with close friends but now so many friends live far away so those lunches are a rare but even more special occasion.

    August 29, 2016 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean. That was how we were when we moved here. I am so happy to have friends that live nearby (ish)!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    Social butterfly, much? 😛 Thanks for the friend-therapy sesh, missy!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I’ve had a few lunch dates this month, which has been a nice little change! One resulted in the glutened accident so that wasn’t fun. TSA pre = best thing ever. Worth the little application and waiting time.

    August 29, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so excited to use it! That reminds me, I need to update my upcoming flights!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply shawna

    A run in 70 degrees and humidity free sounds like absolute perfection! Glad you had such a great weekend full of so many things you love, dolly. Soak these days up.

    August 29, 2016 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I totally am!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Three lunch dates in a weekend is pretty awesome! It’s been a while. Totally drooling over that salad.

    August 29, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I kind of want another one RIGHT NOW

      August 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Sounds like a perfect weekend. We also had a Netflix watching weekend, but chose like the worst movies. I can’t even remember what they were, just that I fell asleep through all of them!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO they might have been the best movies…. just a different purpose

      August 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Rae

    1. Those stuffed peppers look amazeballs. 2. OMG Last Kingdom! SO good!

    August 29, 2016 at 7:50 am
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      August 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    This sounds like an ideal weekend. I need to resubscribe to my netflix account now that I don’t have cable. Lunch dates are so nice- I don’t do them often (my meals tend to blur together on weekends) but it’s a great way to break up the day with friends. Low-key, unproductive weekends are so nice. Sometimes you just need to recharge the batteries!

    August 29, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely needed to do that this weekend. Just recharge. No pressure.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    I’m so glad they were able to fix your computer! My old computer could never hold a charge and it was so frustrating. It’s the woooorst

    August 29, 2016 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Ilka

    You indulged in some really good food this weekend Susie! Yes, 70 degrees and humidity free is beautiful running weather – it’s those runs you never really want to end!

    August 29, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SEriously, I didn’t want to turn around! But I had a client…

      August 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I’m glad you had such a great weekend! I love going for lunch right after a long run. Yesterday was SUCH a low-key day, which we haven’t had in FOREVER. I read my book, yawned, dicked around on the computer, it was GREAT! Kinda boring, but my body needed it.

    August 29, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will be boring with you any day!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Those stuffed peppers looked so good. 🙂 And your happy face after a run makes me think of my happy face after running 5 miles this weekend; the farthest I’ve run in about 2 years. O_O And watching cross country teams in actions is always cool.

    August 29, 2016 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is fantastic Emily! I bet it felt amazing!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I also had the weekend to myself this week. It’s nice every once in a while isn’t it?

    August 29, 2016 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh my, isn’t it?

      August 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Quiet weekends like that can be so great. That salad looks amazing.

    August 29, 2016 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was! Deliciousnessss

      August 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    As I’m sure you read, I was sucked into TV land. But it was so. good.

    August 29, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is a good place to be 😀

      August 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    My cousin and I meet for lunch about every month or so. There’s a Cheesecake Factory location right between our homes, so it’s easy on both of us to meet there, then do some shopping. It’s in an outdoor shopping area and window shopping is fun!

    August 29, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Plus, cheesecake 😀

      August 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    What is thing you talk about with no humidity? I’ve never experienced it here in the south haha! But need to!! Bliss!

    August 29, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ha, I know the feeling!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Leah

    WOW Wheat’s End sounds absolutely fantastic! I have Celiac and will be in town for the marathon (in just over a month–eek!) Thank you thank you for sharing 🙂 Sounds like a lovely weekend–I have been super jazzed about running in the cooler weather too. It makes a huge difference.

    August 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so exciting, Leah! There will be plenty of great options for you here–Chicago is a very friendly city if you need to be GF!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Next time I’m in Chicago, you’ll have to take me to that gluten free place!

    August 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, we have so many places to go.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I’ve just had a kid free weekend and it was great. Went to the movies, out to dinner with my husband, cleaned the house, went for a hike… much stuff done!
    Glad you got you computer sorter out, that’s always frustrating.

    August 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG you got so much done, and I sat on my bum…

      August 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Your lunches look delicious from the weekend! I haven’t had a ladies lunch out in quite some time. I need to make that happen. Glad to hear your computer is up and running again. That can be so frustrated when that happens.

    August 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG it was so frustrating. But also oddly liberating? BUT FRUSTRATING

      August 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    70 and humidity free sounds amazing right now! Can’t even walk to the car without getting sweaty here in Florida. It looks like you had a fabulous weekend, and your lunch date reminds me that I need to schedule one with my girlfriends.

    August 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Call her up and catch up! It will make walking to the car in the humidity worth it.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Sounds like the perfect girls weekend! Friday was glorious!

    August 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so lovely. ANd YES to this weather!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I love meeting my one girlfriend or my sister in DC for lunch where there are tons of healthy options. It’s always fun for us to pick a new place and sit and chat awhile. Lunching with the girls is one of my favs! Your Saturday night sounds perfect. I am much more into the chill nights these days than going outta the house!

    August 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like to spend my days out and about and my nights in. Does that make me boring?

      August 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Lunch date with friends are always good for the soul 😉 I actually had lunch with a friend this past weekend after surviving our first Zumba class and it was so good to catch up and spend the day together!

    August 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is perfection. Having friends with you the whole day? Just yes.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply San

    The lunch looks delicious! Lunch dates with girlfriends are the best 🙂

    August 29, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would gladly over book myself with them if I had the option!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    Love meals with good friends! I also love see the cross country teams out running in packs. Makes me miss those days!!

    August 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I never had those days, so I just ogle them lol

      August 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Love to get together with good friends and good food.

    August 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Is there much better than that?

      August 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Your lunch dates look fabulous! And one day soon I’ll be back and I will be one 😀

    August 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    ummmm…a quiet weekend to myself? That has not happened since before kids LOL I would probably spend it lounging in comfy clothes, with a chai (or several) and there would probably also be pizza involved.

    August 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that is why we are friends–chai and pizza

      August 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply kat

    I dont have any friends in my new home, so no lunch dates for me. Unless you count my 12 year old sister and 17 year old brother. As for a quiet weekend, I actually get those often! My husband goes out on his Harley a lot or goes fishing with my dad, which means I have time to clean the house and get a ton of blog work/freelance work done. Yep – I totally spend my free time working. Borinnggggggg. Seriously, I’m a snooze-fest.

    August 30, 2016 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you get so much accomplish! I am always amazed!

      August 30, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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