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Mag Mile Half Marathon Race Weekend and BIG News

This weekend was set up to be a big weekend for me, with my goal race (Mag Mile Half Marathon) on Saturday, and my vague-blogging anticipation for Sunday. How did everything go? WHAT HAPPENED SUNDAY?

Linking up with Katie and Erin to celebrate the weekend and Jenn and the WIAW Crew!


Friday, just a few hours after my post went live, I called about my big Sunday announcement, and I had my hopes dashed, as many of you saw on Facebook and on IG stories (PS–follow me on Instagram and don’t wait so long for news!).

Weekend before last, right after hearing about July being adopted (via Laura, of all people!) I found a Corgi puppy for adoption at a new shelter. It was as if everything had fallen into place! I was freaking out, so excited, and I immediately called Alex (on his way to the airport) and we talked and then I put in the application and called the shelter. 

A week (and a few days) later, we are 72 hours out from getting to the shelter to be first in line to get our puppy. I call around lunchtime to ask what time we should get there. And I find out that the foster family decided to keep her. AS OF THAT DAY. Not going to lie, it was a bit of a crushing blow. But I also understand that she was obviously a great pup, and I truly hope that they are all happy together. 

Friday Night, after dealing with the emotional roller coaster of the day, I went to get our packets and bibs for the Chicago Magnificent Mile Half Marathon, and I RANDOMLY ran into an old friend from high school! Actually, she recognized me, and I think the first words out of my mouth were “Holy Sh**.” 

Typical. Suz.

Turns out that she lives about .5 miles from me! Small world, and we are making brunch plans. Because that is what we do, lol.

It was an early night, and I passed out on the couch. 

Saturday : A Race and Delicious Eats

Saturday morning, I rose at 5:15, had my coffee, bagel thin and nut butter (one of these days, I will take a picture of this in the daylight so that I can have a picture that I can use for these posts, lol), and a ginger chew, and then Alex and I headed downtown for the Mag Mile Half Marathon!

Chicago Sky on fire!

Full review and recap of the race tomorrow, but if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you already know how it went. The morning was gorgeous at first–crazy sky on FIYAH–and you know who else was on fire?

Marcia, who was, as she aptly texted me, “A vision in orange.” It was my second time meeting her, but the first time we have really gotten to chat face to face, and all I can say is HUG and HEART emoji!!

After the race, Alex and I headed to brunch at Eggy’s, one of our old favorites.

I got the Verb Omelet (peppers, spinach, jalapenos, and egg whites) with pumpernickel rye + an entire pot of decaf coffee.

Alex got their AMAZING Chicken and waffles. The batter on the chicken is amazing; there must be maple in it. The waffle itself is a bit more savory. The perfect balance, and the juiciest chicken with some of the crispiest skin! 

After stuffing ourselves, we went up to Marianos and got our groceries done for the week before heading home. (Me, snacking all the way, lol). After naps, we had a light lunch–I had a protein smoothie, bagel with more nut butter, and some of Alex’s chips and hummus.

That night, we decided to take advantage of the by-then gorgeous weather (it had drizzled throughout the race) and walked to pick up some prescriptions and then down to the NEW outpost of one of our favorite restaurants, Adobo Grill.

It was just as fabulous, maybe even better, than we remembered! Adobo burned down due to a grease fire almost a year ago, and they reopened in a new (but nearby) location about a month ago, as we discovered on the way back from the Clif party on Wednesday. 


Margaritas, Salsa Trio (with chips and jicama, natch!) to start.

Chicken enchiladas with killer mole for Alex and Ceviche de Camarones for me. Loved the addition of the fried smashed plantains beneath (used to be plantain chips). We both licked our plates clean, you know us.

Yogurtland for the win on the way home. Underneath all that awesome is Birthday Cupcake Batter, Cookies and Creme, and French Vanilla.

After I got home, I had a Luna Dark Chocolate Hazelnut bar to round out the day.



Well, the plans for Sunday had changed… but we decided that we would go and look at dogs regardless. We went to the gym (I ellipticalled, legs felt fine and dandy, and then did some upper body), and then we went to PAWS Chicago, a different shelter than the one that the Corgi had been at (which was hella far away), but closer to us and had some cute dogs online. 

We got there, walked around a little bit, and then I saw one that I wanted to meet. And….

Meet Ridley. Ridley is a family name, and one that we had actually planned on naming a daughter at some point. Well, little did we know that our daughter named Ridley would be furry and with four-legs! She is a blue heeler mix, so we will have our hands full, but I am so happy, I can’t stand it. 

And yes, she has already peed on the rug twice. 

And no, she and Zoe have not yet met! That will come this week, and I will update you on how it goes. For now, we are just trying to hold on tight!

Today, I have Remicade and then will go home to walk the pup before returning to the hospital for my psychiatrist appointment. Oh, and I’m going to be sleeping out in the main room with the dog (in the crate) while Alex sleeps in the bed with the cat. 

Typical. Lemmer.

Never a dull moment for Suz, from a new fur baby to fantastic food! #sweatpink #whatiate Click To Tweet

Who would be more likely to sleep on the couch–you or your partner?

Chicken and Waffles, omelet, or sweet brunch?

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  • Reply Carla

    The. Minute. I. Saw. The. Puppy. Pic. I. Thought.
    It is a sign 🙂 I need to rescue a sidekick for the GOLDEN DOODLE

    September 12, 2016 at 5:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um, YES YOU DO!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    So so SO cute! We did a similar thing with the name Remy. Greg had wanted it for a daughter. That name went to one of our dogs!

    September 12, 2016 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, they are your babies too!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Congrats on the new puppy addition! Super exciting. I remember the first few nights with Louie. We put him in the spare bedroom and I recall one of us basically doing The Worm to wiggle back to our own bed in the middle of the night! We still laugh about it.

    September 12, 2016 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have no doubt that will be us!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Cute, cute, cute! You know I love me a pup… Will she eventually be big enough to run with?

    Congrats on a great race! I’m jealous that you and Marcia had a meet up.

    September 12, 2016 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yup! I’m already thinking of how to train her to run with me!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Oh what a cute face on the dog! I know you’ve been wanting one. So happy for you!

    September 12, 2016 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are so enamored!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    oh the new dog is adorbs! So fun that you got to meet Marcia she does seem like a sweetie. Looks like your race went fantastic look forward to reading all the deets.

    September 12, 2016 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Marcia is definitely amazing. Every bit as awesome as you think!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Welcome to Ridley! Buckle your seat belt, this will be a great ride 😉 Your story is so similar to ours when we got Max….there’s a blog post in the “archives,” documenting our roller coaster ride (January 2015). Glad you had a happy ending,too!!

    September 12, 2016 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just love it when things work out!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I’m so so happy for you both! First, for a great race, second for the new addition. Wish our puppies could meet! How old is she?! We took turns sleeping by the crate for the first few weeks haha.

    September 12, 2016 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is 3 months. I’m hoping that we can go ahead and get back to normal sleeping soon!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    Oh fun that you meat Marcia! I love her. and YOU! and um…. I NEED TO BE RIDLEY!!! adorbs!

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

      I never thought of it, but you are right. I need to be Ridley as well!1

      September 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm
      • Reply lindsay Cotter

        LOL! whoops, i meant “meet” not be. Autocorrect fail

        September 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So many good things in this post! Congrats on the Mag Mile Half and most of all the puppy! She is adorable. Too stinking cute. Blue heelers are one of the breeds we’re keeping an eye out for (along with border collies and Aussies) because they are so active and cute. Congrats again!

    September 12, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know! I thought of you when we realized that she was Blue Heeler!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    SUCH a great weekend. So so so happy your race went well and even more excited that you found your furry friend!

    September 12, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was definitely a great weekend!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    EEEKKK!!! SO, SO ADORABLE!!!! Just look at that sweet face! She’s a lucky little lady, and you and Alex are lucky too. Can’t wait to hear all of the fun updates on Ridley.

    September 12, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are so excited, and I think we all know just how lucky we are!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Congrats on the dog and the race! You had a HUGE weekend! Ridley is ADORABLE and I love the name!!! Also- your eats on Saturday. Just yum.

    September 12, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This weekend was #everything

      September 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Dietitian Jess

    I saw the sweet new addition on Facebook- congrats friend <3

    September 12, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Jess!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Congratulations on your new addition to the family!!! Cuteness overload. Very happy for you guys ❤️

    September 12, 2016 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you thank you, Ashley!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply shawna

    AHHHH THAT PUPPY FACE!! Okay so congrats on everything this weekend and killing the race and enjoying time with the hubs, but mostly, THAT FACE! 🙂 SO happy for you that you got an adorable lil love. Such a cutie patootie!

    September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I could stare at that face ad nauseum 😀

      September 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    AW!!! omg too much cuteness!!! <3 I love me some sweet and savory combo for brunch. If someone sleeps on the couch it's usually my husband…he takes one for the team because our couch is lumpy

    September 12, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! ANd that is sad. Couch sleeping is lovely.

      September 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I CAN’T EVEN with Ridley. SO STINKIN CUTE. I really want a blue heeler, so I’m pretty jelly. She is so perfect and will be SUCH a great running partner! Here’s hoping that she learns the whole potty thing quickly! (The ONLY thing Cooper learned quickly was potty training – I can only recommend learning cues and taking her out like, once an hour when you can, and our vet told us that leaving a bell on the door and putting it to her nose so that it makes noise each time your go out will teach her to cue when she has to go. We didn’t need it for Coop, but maybe it will help you guys!)

    September 12, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I ordered one of those bell things for us as well! We are waiting for it, but we might not need it. Right now, I am just taking her out constantly. And luckily, she is doing pretty well!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Yay!!! Cutest puppy ever. I’m so happy for you!

    September 12, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! We are so happy!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    OMG Ridley is the CUTEST!!! I am so happy for you Suz!!!! <3

    September 12, 2016 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Annmarie!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    Congrats on the adorable pup! What a cutie! Will she be a running partner?

    September 12, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You better believe it!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Ivanna

    Awesome! Sounds like a full weekend too. btw I LOVE sleeping on the couch

    September 12, 2016 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We could be couch sleeping buddies. But we have to have our own couches

      September 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Emily

    RIDLEY!!! You are so adorable! Susie, dogs are such a blessing; God has used them to teach me so many lessons, and I can’t wait to hear what you learn from the cute little one. 🙂 And that half marathon sounded like it went so well. YAY!

    September 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much for all the love and enthusiasm, Emily! And you are right, our pup certainly is a blessing 😀

      September 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    CONGRATS new doggie parents!! Ridley is so freaking cute, and I’d like a million IG stories of her, please. We are hoping to maybe get a puppy next summer when Ray has weekends off haha.

    September 12, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha you aren’t going to want to share him, trust me 😀

      September 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Kelli @Hungry Hobby

    OH MY SHE IS ADORABLE! My dog and cat are still a work in progress, don’t worry they will come along!

    September 12, 2016 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh fingers crossssssed

      September 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    OMG CONGRATS ON THE FUR BABY-what a cutie! I’m sorry you missed out on a little corgi but apparently it wasn’t meant to be. Also those chicken & waffles look SO good.

    September 12, 2016 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sorry that we missed out on the Corgi, but you now what? I’m fine with what we ended up with 😀

      September 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Love, love, love Ridley! Makes me want another dog now…I’m so tempted but just not ready to replace (don’t want to replace) MacLean. So much amazing food as always! Can’t wait to hear more about your race!

    September 12, 2016 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will never replace MacLean. But you will be ready to have another at some point. Just not yet.

      September 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Ahhhh so cute! Can’t wait for puppy photos all day everyday. Congrats on the pup and your race!!

    September 12, 2016 at 10:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m post puppy photos if you post puppy photos :D!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Welcome to the Suz fam, Ridley! Give her a kiss on her wet little nosie for me! And Zoe a scratch under her chinny chin chin. XO

    September 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally will! I did the other day and Zoe started to drool everywhere.

      September 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply San

    OMG, it was all meant to be… look at that Ridley face! She was just waiting for you guys to adopt her 🙂

    September 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like to think so!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    She’s a doll! Congrats!

    September 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    ahhhhhhh RIDLEY IS SOOOO CUUUUTE! Puppies are the best. Definitely a handful, but so so worth it. Congrats! I look forward to many more adorable pictures 😀

    September 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know there will be so many adorable pictures. I can’t help myself!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    This sounds like the best weekend ever. I made the mistake of looking up shelters after reading this and was like NEIL WE NEED THIS DOG RIGHT NOW haha. Come on Spring!

    September 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahaha well soon you will have someone to play with until Neil is ready!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    OMMMMYYYYYYYGGGOOOOOODDDESSSSS!!! She is precious!!!! I’m so glad it all worked out. It was meant to be!!!!

    September 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Heather @lunging through life

    Ahhh app exciting! I’m so happy for you ❤️ will she be a runner? Also I’m on the bed with the cat and Aaron on the couch. Almost nightly ha

    September 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I actually quite like our couch, so as long as I am not on the floor… I’m ok!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Ahhhh I’m so excited for you! I had no idea Ridley was a family name for you – my Ridley was named after Ridley Creek State Park where we got married and I ran my first 5k. It’s the best name ever! I hope I get to meet her when I come to Chicago – I’m going to have to email you about making plans soon! Also, if you’ve never had a puppy before let me know if you need any tips. It was a steep learning curve for me with my Ridley and it was so much harder than I thought it would be, but puppies are seriously the best!

    September 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a good name! And yep–it is my mom’s maiden name 😀 I definitely will reach out if we have issues!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I was SO EXCITED when I saw your picture of Ridley on Facebook! On the way to church on Sunday in the car I was telling Jesse your pupnapping (that’s like kidnapping but with a puppy, FYI) story and then I saw that and I was so so excited for you! Ridley is a super cute name too!

    September 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was so upset about the pupnapping, but it obviously worked out for the best! We are so in love!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Congratulations on the puppy. Great name. My Mom got a puppy last year and her cat still sleeps upstairs with her and now the dog sleeps on the couch downstairs. LOL. Good luck.

    September 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, Zoe is just going to have to figure out her side of the 800 sq ft!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Congrats on your new addition to your family!! She’s beautiful and I love her name <3

    September 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Helly!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    This is an obscenely cute puppy. Congrats!

    September 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She says thank you!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Omg! Congrats on your new addition! How adorable! You will have your hands full for awhile but it will be so worth it! I love brunch, not a fan of fried chicken though but it does look like he got the whole bird on his plate….lol. He definitely got his money’s worth!

    September 13, 2016 at 12:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! We are so freaking excited. She is kind of awesome 😀 And Alex definitely got his money’s worth… except for all of it that I ate for him!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply

    DO NOT tell Lynne that you got a doggie! I only just capitulated a few months ago and we got a rescue cat, which we named Begbie (ever see trainspotting 😉 ).

    Now, if she sees you’ve got a puppy, she’ll want one too!

    I can’t understand how you’re managing to keep Ridley and Zoe apart, Must be a nightmare!

    September 13, 2016 at 3:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Trainspotting is totally on my Netflix list because I know that I MUST see it! And hey, Lynnnneeeee.
      Zoe is hanging in the bedroom. We started to introduce them today and Zoe was nonplussed.

      September 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Cora

    CONGRATULATIONS. Yes. So happy for you. Ridley is absolutely gorgeous. As is her name. Que all the puppy pictures…….

    September 13, 2016 at 11:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Cora! You know that they are coming!

      September 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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