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September Reflections: Where I was/am/am going

I needed this weekend. Well, I need every weekend, and I’ve had some pretty great weekends of late. September has been quite a month for me, and I feel like this weekend really summed that up. Friday started with a music-less run down the lake front, summitted with some serious work stuff, and came to a close ratherΒ early but alongside Alex.

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

And involved Chicago q, a Bowman from Chicago q, WAY too many (but also not enough?) chips and pickles and smoked meats (yeah, I said it), sauces, and this mac n cheese (you better believe all was well).

chicago q pumpkin mac flight bbq

Oh, and this hilarious bottle of Dogfish Pumpkin Ale (which was delicious, but not super pumpkin-y. A great fall ale, but if you don’t like pumpkin, I would still recommend it–you get more a sense of spice than anything else). The gorgeous weather made us feel like new people.

We also fell asleep on the couch. At 8 o’clock. And I was so full that I didn’t have ice cream, and I didn’t miss it. I KNOW.

Saturday was delightful in its typical relaxing way: I got caught up on my Bravo shows (thanks OnDemand!), did some grocery shopping, watched HGTV, and then, when Alex got home at 3 (don’t worry, he worked Thursday night 8-4 am in the ER, clinic 1-5 Friday, and then back to the ER 6-3 both days this weekend), I watched some WAHOOVa football with him before going down to the gym to pedal out my legs and do abs (a 7:30 plank? don’t mind if I brag a little!) and then returning to fix dinner, which was a super fun recipe for crusted salmon. And it was a HUGE hit!

Wasabi Ginger Soy Salmon recipe

And then Alex fell asleep early. As in, was fluttering his eyes on the couch at 7:50. He got in bed at 8:15. I managed later.

Sunday was another fantastic day. September has been the month of runs-with-friends (I feel like that should be a name of a chief from a corny and really un-PC film about the Wild West), and I continued the pattern but ditched Mo (I still love you!) and met up with Erica, who won the Heart Opener Giveaway, and thus who I owed some loot! Thank you, Erica, for getting me through my last long run of training and giving me some great advice!

lake front trail fog

Twas Foggy.

The humidity was so, so intense–my glasses were fogged, and it was impossible to see through it, but it moved north pretty quickly. We were both dripping! It wasn’t as oppressive as the run I did when my parents were in town, but I haven’t sweat like that in cooler weather in a long time. Oh, and we saw Deena Kastor on the trail, NBD. Thank goodness Erica was with me, otherwise I wouldn’t have realized!

We finished up at Erica’s place so that she could change before we went to brunch, and so that I could basically drool over her apartment and her stash of goodies.

loot

I like my friends. This was just a selection.

Also, Erica, I am SO SORRY about our elevators. I didn’t have my key fob, so we had to take the main bank, which entailed waiting forever because only 1 lift is operating. Kill me.

I quick-change-artist-ed (love action wipes), gave her some things that SHE hadn’t even tried (I felt so special!), and we went to West Egg, where we promptly grabbed seats at the bar and both got my fave Carl’s Cool Creation no cheese and coffees. And then proceeded to continue motoring our mouths.

I love this meal.

I love this meal.

After we realized that we both had lives to attend to, we parted ways. The rest of the day was low key, but satisfying. I was so happy for my friends that were running races (some for the first time! And congrats to the newly minted Ironmen (including the women)–good for for making it through the nonsense that happened. I still can’t believe it), getting engaged, having birthdays, celebrating Active Nation Day, going to amazing locales for vacation, and that I got to be a part of it all, in some way.

September, thank you for shaking things up. From my first time running a race with someone else, to dealing with Alex’s insane schedule, to running with others on a regular basis for the first time, to cementing some amazing friendships, to my new position and new responsibilities and freedoms, new recipes, new decisions, I feel like I am coming into my own more than ever.

Be great.

Be great.

In 6 days time (ie this coming Sunday), I will be going to toe the line at my second marathon. And I am honored to be running as the person that I am right now. I have my ideas of goals, but really? I just want to run happy. I want to finish with a smile, maybe even a few tears of relief, but most importantly gratitude. I have earned this–both this life, this happiness, this stress, and these 26.2 miles. But the 26.2 miles that I run on Sunday, October 5, 2014 do not define my training cycle or myself. They are a victory lap. I have already run the race. I’m already winning. I have nothing to prove.

But I want the damn medal. I need to add to my statement necklace collection.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to fuel up for the big day.

How has/Has September changed you? Where were you a month ago, versus now?

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69 Comments

  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    I can’t wait to hear about your marathon! You’re going to be unbelievable for sure! What a fun weekend, even though Alex was so tired and had to go to sleep πŸ™ They are really working him to the max! September is throwing lots my way. I think it’s trying to make me be content and stop stressing towards the future. however, I’m not really sure about much lol I guess we shall see!
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…Painting with a Twist Bachelorette PartyMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that you have been thinking and weighing and planning a lot this past month. You are just in a time of transition my dear, and as frustrating as that is, I think that it will really pay off for you in the long run!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    That Mac & Cheese looks sooo good holy cow!! My favorite way to fuel is with lot’s of spaghetti and sweet potatoes. I just love carbs. September has made me realize that marathon training isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. It’s hard and tiring, but it will make crossing that finish line so much sweeter. I can’t wait to hear all about your race this weekend and see all of the amazing pictures, because your pics are always the best!
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    September 29, 2014 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      you would love the promotion that a restaurant is running up here–a 3 course all pasta dinner called Pasta-palooza! And you are too sweet to me!But you are right, there will be plenty of susie sassitude to share!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    holy mac and cheese.. i wanna curl in bed with that stuff πŸ™‚ hehe. Good luck on your next marathon.. your gonna ROCK IT!!!!
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    September 29, 2014 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, honey, we all do!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Ahhhh excited for your marathon, hope the taper is not driving you too crazy. You seem about normal for Suzy in this post. I love that you and Alex were in bed by 8:15….okay, sorry you made it later….what 8:17? πŸ˜› Just kidding hehe! I had a wonderfully relaxing day on saturday….well until he proposed….then my world was turned upside down hahaha!
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday: Kale, Butternut Squash and Feta SaladMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT THE ENGAGEMENT STORY

      September 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I can’t believe your race is already next weekend! I guess that’s what happens when you stop reading blogs for almost 2 weeks- things like that sneak up on ya! It sounds like you had a great training cycle and are in a great mindset. I couldn’t even tell you how I have changed in September because I feel like it was such a whirlwind of a month I don’t even feel like any time has passed. But I am really grateful that the weather has been so great- I think it has put my in a good mood these past few weeks!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Weekends Are For Long Runs And WineMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like everyone has been blown away by this September in a lot of ways, and many people have been needing a step back from the social media and blogging worlds, and I think that it is great that they have! Reading everyone’s comments here has just made it SO real for me–cue the butterflies!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    It has been an awesome month hasn’t it? That pumpkin beer has me thinking about an evening drink now. I love a good pumpkin beer and usually Dogfish is one of my faves. I still think it is so freaking awesome that you saw Deana on the path. I don’t think I would have recognized her. Although having someone run like “that” past you would probably be pretty noticeable πŸ™‚
    Sarah recently posted…Fall Is In The Air!My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ermigerd she FLEW by. And she is teeeeeeny! Erica said that she had seen her up by her house, so she luckily knew what she was looking for. Otherwise, I would have just been like HOT DAMN

      September 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I am so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about your marathon- you will rock it! September has been one of my busiest, most challenging months as far as running and being active goes but it has been good and I am feeling accomplished. Definitely proved to myself that I am capable of more than I think.
    Annmarie recently posted…Meatless Monday: Stuffed Collard Leaves with BBQ Infused Tomato SauceMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE that. Especially after Ragnar–that is a beyond amazing experience, pushing you to your limits in a lot of ways, way out of your comfort zone. I’m glad that you are coming out of it feeling so strong, so accomplished, and so ready!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I am SO excited for your marathon! And I love your approach to it, I’ve been thinking about that for myself while running, that you get sucked up into the training and lose perspective on the fact that you’re able to run a marathon. It’s really an amazing thing I feel privileged to be able to do! I need to get out of my own head this week. As for September, it feels like a whirlwind of busyness and I’m left to figure out priorities so I don’t burn myself out.
    Michele recently posted…No Actually You Don’t Work At the GymMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean, and I so agree–this is indeed a privilege! But that also puts pressure on us–we feel like we have to perform, we have to live up to it, otherwise what are we doing? I decided this year would just be about enjoying the privilege. For October, just breathe. Breathe in the challenges and breathe out the tension.

      September 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Seems like you always go to the best restaurants! So excited for your marathon-you are going to rock it girlfriend πŸ™‚
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    September 29, 2014 at 8:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hehe, we do eat well, and we take eating well VERY seriously! Besides, just gotta fuel up so that I can live up to everyone’s hopes! Thank you!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    Yup sounds like you definitely needed the weekend. And I hope you feel so refreshed! Eek six days is soon and you’re going to be amazing. I love your quote about how you’ve already done it and this is the victory lap. So true. September has taught me balance. Cutting back on blogging and spending more energy on school and my family makes me feel about a thousand times less stressed out so I’d say it’s been a good month πŸ™‚
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    September 29, 2014 at 9:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you really did need this break with blogging and such–you can tell in your post today how much more just… released you are. I think that you need more months like this! I definitely feel better having had some solid time with Alex. I really missed him. And now for another month of barely seeing him…. Oh well, just gotta find ways to stay busy!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Mac and cheese. That is all.

    I can’t wait for you to rock your marathon. Because I know you will, in style.
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…“Training” 9/22-9/28My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 9:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahaha you would DIE over this stuff. It is magical. Like put your face in it magical. Let’s hope I do, and thank you for the confidence!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I got distracted after that picture of Mac & Cheese and now that’s all I want to eat today! ha ha You are going to do great at the marathon. Glad you’re not putting any pressure, just go out and love it.

    September 29, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ERMIGERD it was so delicious. And cheers to getting out there, running, and loving it!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    Oh Geeeez.

    That swimming suit shot got me laughing really hard. I love your personality.

    I am super pumped to hear about your marathon, you will kick trash!! I love that you love where you are right now, and who you are. That is a precious gift, to feel at peace about all of that!

    Have a great dia mi amiga!!
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    September 29, 2014 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you know me πŸ˜€ I am pumped to tell everyone about it–I don’t need it to be perfect, I just need it to be happy!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Carson

    You are gonna kill that marathon, Sus!! Best of luck this weekend!!
    Carson recently posted…Weekend Update: Opa!My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 9:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks love! I’m excited to see what happens–I don’t regret the way I trained, I have set myself up the best I can, and now it is time to do the dang thing, haha!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I’m looking forward to hearing all about your marathon. I can’t believe September is over already though, but I am excited for October – it’s the best month of the year. Plus, I am heading to Jamaica πŸ™‚
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    September 29, 2014 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH HECK YEAH Jamaica! I haven’t been there since I lived in Falmouth for a month after graduating (it wasn’t all fun and games, I did work, haha). I could definitely go for a rum drink right about now!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Anna - PipersRun

    You know, I’ve never looked back at a month and thought about how it changed me. You’ve given me something to think about… A month ago I was in the middle of my training plan for my 2nd half and now I am doubting my training based on one bad (recent) week. I’m in a better place with my family which is always good….we have happy and healthy girls that are thriving and my husband has been able to be home more this month then last month.
    Good luck at your Marathon! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
    Anna – PipersRun recently posted…Half Marathon Training Week #10 Done!My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 10:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m looking forward to tell you all about it! You’ve had a couple of rough weeks that I know have left you doubting the whole thing. But I think you have also followed that up with an important point–that your family is thriving, and that is by far the most important part. Stick with the running, with your plan, but also don’t force yourself into total burn out–because then it really won’t be worth it.

      September 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply nevie

    the way you feel about how the final 26.2 miles of this training cycle don’t define you is what i was dreaming of getting to tell myself after my own training cycle. i am simultaneously living vicariously through you in excitement for you and also struck through the heart a little that i may have to wait longer to be able to say that for myself, that i completed the whole training.

    side note your blog always makes me so. hungry.

    good luck this weekend girl. enjoy taper time πŸ™‚
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    September 29, 2014 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      i’m just heading over to see what is going on with you (I haven’t read you post yet, but I imagine we are talking injury?), but thank you so much for this. I know what it is like to both fear not finishing the training as well as to fear finishing the training but not the race. Both are just intense feelings of frustration. But what you have to remember is that you have taken on something monumental, something that many would never dream of taking on.

      September 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I’m excited about your marathon for several reasons–
    1) you have trained so hard and worked so hard and you’re right, you’ve already run the race.
    2) I love the thought of adding to your “statement necklace” collection. Now THAT is taking the family jewelry gene to a new level!!
    3) I get to see you! I’m getting into “race-mom” mode–yay!

    September has been a time of thinking and reflecting for me. Coming to terms with a body that is going to do its own thing, regardless of how much I fight it. I’ve had to admit that it is going to do what it does and I need to work with it, rather than fight it.
    I rode a wonderful sainted little horse yesterday (Miller) in my own saddle. It was raining, but I needed to “get back in the saddle” and so I did. This was a time not for achievements, but rather for some real equine therapy. When you believe it can work, it does work.
    Eric and I have watched our beloved Cabo come under a brutal attack by “mother nature” in the form of Hurricane Odile.
    When we see the pictures of all of the destruction, it reminds me of how really fortunate we are to live in USA, where we have FEMA, and other big relief organizations that step in and bring help in masses.
    Cabo will come back but—- it will take time. Perhaps its similar to a really bad sports injury, it will take time, patience, and a lot of work to heal, but I think it will.

    September 29, 2014 at 11:12 am
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      I’m not trying to be flippant, Cabo’s destruction is so much greater than a sports injury. I was just thinking of the repair/rehab as taking a lot of effort, time and work. It will heal— but not on its own.

      September 29, 2014 at 11:15 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        No, I totally understand.

        September 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay! I’m so glad you were able to get back in the saddle–it has been hard watching you have to stay out of it. And I’ve been really sad about Cabo. It is a special place for me as well, for different reasons (I’ve had some really wonderful times there), but it does indeed remind you to be thankful for the resources that we have at our disposal.
      SEE YOU SOON

      September 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i had my first pumpkin beer of the season yesterday (gasp i drank BEER, what is this world coming to?!) and i loooooved it — Shock Top’s pumpkin ale. i like their regular wheat beer a lot, so it didn’t surprise me that this one was super pumpkiny and amazeballs. def recommend it, but only if you’re really into pumpkin/cloves/cinnamon etc. excited for you as your prep this last week before your next marathon — feel good, girl! and ps i love that pic of you being great. phenom.
    Shawna recently posted…Autumn in Upstate NY = Heaven. (and i love a baby.)My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 11:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely into the pumpkin/cloves/cinnamon thing, so it is definitely going to be happening. Maybe even to help me prep, haha. That will definitely help me keep the good going!

      September 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    **round of applause**

    So true! You’ve already won πŸ™‚ I love that. Your attitude just gets me every time Susie. I laughed multiple times throughout this post — so happy I now have a new phrase to work with – “motor my mouth” when I eat. I’m sure my friends were looking for a way to term how I basically shovel anything edible in my mouth at all times. Now I have it πŸ™‚ Also, way to just casually slip in there that you held a plank for over 7 minutes. If I did that I’d write an entire post dedicated to it haha
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    September 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, I didn’t want to be all 7 MINUTE PLANK BITCHES–but I wanted to be like hell yeah I’m a big deal! hehe. Maybe I will just have to do that–a plank post. OMG i’m going to get someone to take pictures of me planking all over Chicago a la The Office. hahahahahaha

      September 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    You got this! I can’t wait to see your new neck swag!
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    September 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha love that–neck swag. Thanks girl!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Jill

    My mind cannot even comprehend a 7:30 plank?!?!?! What in the world are you made of Susie?! Countdown to the marathon is on. I love your outlook on it. One race will not define you, it’s all the little steps along the way πŸ™‚ so excited for you!
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    September 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha there is a little padding covering it all, but apparently I do have some abs in there! I read while I’m doing them. makes the time go WABAM

      September 30, 2014 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    Oh man my husband misses Dogfishead so much! We can’t get it since moving to Nebraska!
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    September 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should try to join like a beer club or something–often they will deliver it to you!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Rae

    September has been an awesome month for me too! I simply cannot wait to hear all about how you kick this marathon’s BUTT next weekend!
    Rae recently posted…Manic Monday – 09/29/14My Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you dear! you have had such an incredibly busy September, but I’m glad that it has been so great to you!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Nessa @ Ness Runs

    Love your attitude towards your upcoming marathon – you will rock it πŸ™‚
    September’s been a very busy and stressful month for me but I have high hopes for October!
    Nessa @ Ness Runs recently posted…AN ODE TO THE OVERLY COMPETITIVE RUNNERMy Profile

    September 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And just think, all of the busyness and stress of September IS setting you up for an amazing October!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    You totally ditched me. I had to sweat on my own. JK, JK.

    Seriously, though? I died at mile 14. Like, had a meltdown, took off my vest, and sat on the concrete surrounding a lightpole, pretending to stretch but mostly cursing out loud like a crazy person. Running is super hard sometimes.

    KILL that race on Sunday. You’re ready. And bring me back something Minnesotan πŸ˜‰
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    September 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ™ whhhhhhyyyyyyy??? You need to tell me where I need to station myself along the marathon course so that I can yell you in to the finish. And you got it πŸ˜€ Any requests?

      September 30, 2014 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    Oh yes ma’am, yes ma’am, I am so very excited for you! YOU ARE GOING TO ROCK THIS OUT!

    Also, my face wants the mac n’ cheese.
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    September 30, 2014 at 4:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GETCHO SELF SOME. And thank you. And then it is your turn!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I’m excited for your marathon!! And I had to laugh when I read your dinner and then no ice cream and early to bed bit – that is so my life πŸ™‚
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    September 30, 2014 at 5:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I mean, we are talking momentous things going against character part. Like WHAT???

      September 30, 2014 at 9:30 am
  • Reply lindsay

    suze! you got this! the medal is yours! run happy friend!

    September 30, 2014 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you Lindsay! It is so nice to have such support behind me!

      September 30, 2014 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    I’m playing catch up today after super amazing weekend but it sounds likes your September was awesome!! September was very busy for me too but a little lacking on the fitness side. BUT that is all over now and my training gets just as much priority as Colin’s. About the Ironman craziness- are you talking about the tacks and oil on the road in Chattanooga?? I’m so glad everyone is okay (other than a few people with broken bones) and just don’t understand how someone would try and sabotage people like that.
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    September 30, 2014 at 10:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A) CONGRATS TO COLIN B) i can’t wait to hear about it C) I’m glad that you will finally get to concentrate on your training too! D) I can’t believe what happened with the sabotage. Do they know anything?

      September 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Haha, love that pic of you in the bathing suit. And holy crap girl…a 7 min plank? That’s amazing! I can barely hold 1 min!
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    September 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Apparently there are some abs hiding in there!

      September 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Best of luck to you on your upcoming marathon!

    (That is an awesome pose, hahaha. πŸ˜€ )
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    September 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you x2 darling! I’m hoping to recreate it with a shiny new medal Sunday!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Amber

    This post just radiates so much of your internal gratitude and happiness, it put ME in a good moment. It’s the little moments with those we love that make the biggest impression I feel, even early nights where you fall asleep at 8 pm. that meal looked delish! AND I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE ABOUT YOUR MARATHON, GOOD LUCK KICK BUTT, but I know you will <3

    October 3, 2014 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It makes me so happy that I can give a little bit of my current good mood to others. And I totally agree–the little things are live–the big stuff are events, but they don’t make up the substance. and thanks!

      October 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Travelling and Business Cards: Thinking out Loud - Suzlyfe

    […] loving. Wearing them on Saturday, when I go run with my BFF Bart Yasso and Soon to Be BFF Deena Kastor. NO […]

    October 9, 2014 at 5:23 am
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