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So What Else is New Pt. 2 #MIMM

Well, this weekend was interesting. Obviously not what I intended it to be (in some respects) but great overall. Don’t know what I mean? Allow me to elaborate.

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

After I posted my So What Else Is New? post on Friday, I realized that I was about to fall victim to another So What Else Is New?–my hamstring feeling really tweaked. It had felt a little meh the night before so I didn’t do yoga and just went to do my cleaning shift, so there was no overstretching or any of that. Beyond that, apart from a little fatigue during/after the run that morning, I had no reason to suspect ANYTHING. You all know how paranoid I am about my legs; you know I would have reacted accordingly if I thought something was up. Friday, though, after I just did very light resistance on the bike, and could definitely tell something was up. But would I still run the next day? I sought out some advice of the lovely Sarah, who gave me some great advice and agreed with my approach to the weekend–do what you can, show up, don’t try to break land-speed records, and have fun. Fine, no problem.

Then my hamstring started to feel worse, and that increased during the day. I actually ended up going home during lunch to tape, ice, massage, and wrap my hamstring/thigh. At least I got to start my Lolla people watching while out and about.

lollapalooza street dude

Also, this dude was 40. AT LEAST. And his hair was 4 colors. I’ll spare you the endless neo-hippies and bros that I saw. That guy was far more fun.

By mid afternoon, I had decided to hold off on the run the next day–I will discuss my thoughts on this later–in the interest of trying to head off another month sit-out. Hamstring strains are recurrent injuries, and even though I “did everything right,” marathon training is hard on a body, especially a body like mine. And sometimes, I forget that.

But I still was going to go to the expo, because I wanted to meet Erica!! Erica is an amazing woman–she is brilliant, and you can tell from talking with her for a matter of minutes, she is fast–she ran a 1:42:30 and won the Master’s division the next day after a crazy previous month of races–and she manages to do a million things at once. She also happens to be fantastically generous and nice as can be. Seriously?

suzlyfe ericafinds

Oh and she made my day by noticing my #flatsfriday πŸ˜€ (psst. so what else is new?). We chatted for a while, and then Alex came over and we went to get a drink and dinner at Mezcalina, next to the Radison Blu.

Sadly, this will likely be the last time that we eat at Mezcalina. The food, the drink–absolutely delicious. But the service might be amongst the most incompetent in the city. We had to get water for ourselves (um, they brought us a pitcher and no glasses…..) we asked for refills on chips and salsa (which are gratis) three times and didn’t receive any. Any of the times. They brought out Alex’s meal first (tacos), made me wait for mine (a simple salad because my stomach hurt and I had also ordered soup, which came before), and then it came out, was wrong, they took it back, and we didn’t see them again for 15 minutes. For a salad. With nothing cooked. (Apparently, great food, bad service there is a So What Else is New?, if you remember from my first post on them). Alex was finished with his meal by the time they came back. I actually left a note, I was so upset by the incompetency.

Honestly, this ruined my night. I was fine with the not racing the next day, until that. And our experience at Mezcalina just made me crumple and got me really bummed out. Luckily, I put on my big girl pants and went with Alex to a resident get-together, had a great time, and then came home, passed out, and woke up the next morning to go meet another great internet friend!

I am pretty meh on Zooma races, to be honest. They’ve yet to impress me–never enough restrooms, kind of unorganized, inconsistent course aid, not great courses (this was different from last year’s course). It would have been fine for a lower budget race (I got a discount from Tiffany and that is why I signed up), and at least this year they gave medals, but still, not impressed. I’m also not impressed that they never even responded to my application to be an ambassador. Shrug, their loss! Also, races are basically my Kryptonite, thus why I don’t sign up for many. Edited to add: Zooma may not thus far be my number 1 choice for races, but they do give excellent swag. So props to them on that!

Myself, Mo, and Erica! I deemed it necessary to dress as ridiculously as possible. #SwirlOn + Purple Procompression

Myself, Mo, and Erica! I deemed it necessary to dress as ridiculously as possible. #SwirlOn + Purple Procompression

Best part of the morning? Seeing Erica again and MEETING MOOOOOOOOOOO, who, despite a friend visiting and potential subdural hematoma, (she lost a fight with her wall after tripping on her pants. Thus why I love her) came out to run and to meet me. She is just as awesome in person as I expected her to be, and she color-coordinates like a boss. Thus also why I adore her. We had decided that we must try out the Arboretum just south of the city some time and get some hill work in. Cause we certainly ain’t getting it here.

After the runners started running, I walked north, and Alex and I spent the morning FINALLY finishing our wedding picture project, and hanging up our pics and canvases! I think they look awesome.

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That afternoon was super exciting, what with napping and easy spin bike and PT. Then it was time to meet up with my girl S and her husband for dinner!! I also pulled a great blond moment and made us reservations in the wrong month, so we had to rejig plans, but we ended up at Cantina Laredo (So what else is new?), and so allllllll ended swimmingly in a salt rimmed marg glass.

margarita suzlyfe

Good gravy I ate a ton of chips this weekend. Mezcalina, the resident get together, Cantina Laredo… apparently just because I didn’t run didn’t mean I wasn’t still rungry.

Sunday continued the good–S and M (bahahahaha) came to our place for brunch, and I cooked my No Fail French Toast, scrambled eggs, sliced bananas, and cherries. I had to run to the store before for bread and eggs and cherries, but came home to discover we were basically out of butter and maple syrup. We had juuuuust enough, but blond moment part deux. And only one of our nice coffee cups had the sticker taken off. FAIL.

Minus the other things.

Minus the other things.

After brunch and saying good bye, Alex and I cleaned up from breakfast, cleaned out the fridge and freezer, and I started making an epic grocery list, and then we went forth and did the deed. I love a simple, beautifully sated fridge and pantry. Makes lunch so much fun, and we have some ideas for actual meals this week, which we never do. The rest of Sunday was rather low key–some food prep for both of us, cooking (salmon, fresh green beans, and 479 Black Truffle and White Cheddar popcorn for dinner), and lots of Netflix rounded out our day. OH AND TITANIC

Rose DeWitt Bucater taught me that big hats are always a good idea.

Rose DeWitt Bucater taught me that big hats are always a good idea.

The weather was less that optimal, so I was glad that we were active the first half of the day, rather than finding ourselves cooped up the second part.

This week, Laura is coming to visit (SQUEEEEEEE), Alex returns to work, I have Remicade, and I am going to figure out what is really going on with this leg of mine. It felt much much better Saturday morning, but I am NOT going to be stupid about this. People thought that it was silly that I was running my longer distances this early, but I know from last marathon cycle, this is when the Sh** hits the fan, and especially likely to do so with the injuries I’ve already had this year. I still have 2 months until TCM, so a legit pull back week, then adding running back in and a few weeks of mileage before a peak run with Sarah and her running group before marathon day (I HOPE).

At the bar at Cantina Laredo

At the bar at Cantina Laredo

Is it worth it to you to go to restaurants where the food is amazing but the service is terrible? Are there places that are in your rotation where the food isn’t great, but the service is amazing?

Have you ever won an age group award at a race?

Last blonde moment (regardless of hair color)?

Extra Credit: What color of Rock Tape should I get next? I’m out. I just finished some of the beige. I like the blue argyle but am open to suggestions…. 

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67 Comments

  • Reply Tina Muir

    Ugh that restaurant experience sounds horrible, sounds like you do just have to do it yourself…..from your french toast! Meeting running friends is awesome πŸ™‚ Funny you mention your hamstring…I have been trying to fix mine for the last few weeks! Hope this week is great for you. I have won a few races πŸ˜‰ But I have never broke tape, believe it or not πŸ™‚
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    August 4, 2014 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I decided that at least if I made brunch no one could be blamed but me! AND WHEN DO I GET TO MEET YOU?? Oh wait!! CHICAGO omg that just made my life remembering that.
      I will hold the tape for you at Chicago.

      August 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I know it must have been tough going to the race and not running it, but your hamstrings will hopefully thank you very soon!

    I just CAN NOT deal with bad service at a restaurant. It sounds like y’all got completed ignored. I would have been that awful person who spoke with a manager.
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    August 4, 2014 at 6:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can be that person too (I think it is a strong Southern Woman thing–we will NOT be ignored!) but it makes Alex incredibly uncomfortable, and I knew the message would fall on deaf ears. So we left a note, and a low tip. Alex was actually so incensed (after a time) that he wished we hadn’t left one, but I also know him well enough to know he would’ve never forgiven himself.

      August 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sorry to hear about your dinner and your leg bothering you. I don’t know much about the zooma taces butthe swag always looks good. Hope your leg feels better:)
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    August 4, 2014 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The swag definitely was good–I should have mentioned that we got a great shirt, feetures socks, and a good hat. And thank you!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It

    That french toast looks delicious!

    I LOVE your big hat! I have one just like it, but really only wear it when we go to Aruba. πŸ™‚
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      French toast is a great cure for what ails, though I will say that my stuffed or my crusted French toast are even better. Not to tooooooot my own horn or anything…toot (whispered). I love my giant hat, too. I got it for a cruise that Alex and I went on with his family, and it was a great investment, if a pain to haul around. I left my favorite other hat on the plane on the way down to Mexico this year. SAD FACE

      August 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I’m so sorry your hamstring is acting up, I really hope its a very minor pull and with some rest heals up quickly!! Skipping your race was really smart, especially considering they aren’t the greatest races and you have something much more important on the horizon!

    As far as restaurants, if the service were that terrible, I wouldn’t really care how good the food was. I have very little tolerance for poor service.

    And…BLUE Rock Tape…Blue is always the right answer πŸ˜‰
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like your thinking–blue usually is the right answer. I never doubted that you would have a low BS tolerance. If there is a legitimate reason, sure. Stuff happens. But SERIOUSLY?

      August 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Caitlin

    Absolutely not (nothing will make me not come back to your restaurant more than bad service), probably (especially if I’m picking), yep, and leaving all of our water bottles at home on Friday so that we had to stop at Starbucks and buy some bottles so thing one and thing two didn’t “melt.” They’re ridiculous. I’m glad the hammie feels better and definitely think it’s smart to take the cutback week now. Fingers crossed that continues to help hun! And I’m glad you guys had a blast with your Colorado crew πŸ™‚ Good friends on a weekend like this make it better
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true, but next time you need to be there so that I can climb inside a bulk candy bin.

      August 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    So my honey is super particular about how he tips the waiters…he will NOT give a tip if the waiter deserves a no tip. I think it’s hillarious…and kinda super embarrassing haha.
    I’m easy going when it comes to service–I pay attn to the food aspect.
    Hope your leg gets feeling better missy!
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! My husband is very easy going with tips/service, I am more exacting, but I can also be way more generous. I know what it takes to do the dirty deed, so I am the first to reward it!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    You are way way way too kind to me. I LOVED meeting you in real life… as much as I love knowing you here. Thank you for your kind words and your cheers. I think the thing that Zooma did really well was the swag (hat and socks are v. nice) and this year’s course was clear. It is a bit pricy for sure. I am bummed that they did not respond to you. The ambassador program is solid. I can put in the good word for you πŸ˜‰

    Love the wedding pics! Bummed that Mezcalina was not good!

    Hope the leg is feeling more cooperative!
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will agree with you–Zooma’s swag is on point. I loved getting the yoga mat and water bottle last year. It might be just as well I’m not an ambassador–I seem to fall apart at the word “race”! And I’m sad that Mezcalina has so many issues as well–the product is so, so good, but it needs to actually get to the customer, you know? And the leg is getting better–I think that I’m just dealing with some residual inflammation. Gonna rest up, get ready to go, and see what happens later on this week! Hope I get to see you soon!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I don’t think I would go back to a restaurant if the food or the service is bad. I just hate paying money to be disappointed, ya know? I can never understand why it can take a while to bring out a salad with nothing cooked.
    I’ve only won age group awards in small local races, like 5ks, but its still exciting every time!
    I think you should go for either bright green or bright orange rock tape, if they have it. Something loud and exciting!
    Hoping the leg continues to improve…
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    August 4, 2014 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a good way to put it. And I had no clue why it took forever to refire my salad. I got something light because by then, I just wasn’t hungry, but by the time it came, I didn’t have any appetite AT ALL. I would love to win an age group award. Hopefully, after this marathon, and a good rest, I can have some fun with getting my speed back!
      I never thought of bright green. Bright orange might clash with all of my pink….

      August 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    I’ve heard the same ‘meh’ about zooma races. I don’t know if I’d ever do one unless it was in my hometown and free!

    I’d definitely go to a place that had horrible service but great food. There’s a small locally owned place in Pensacola like that and the servers are TERRIBLE but the food is omg good.
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But here is my question: what if you never even get the food, or it comes and you can’t eat it? Because that is basically what we are dealing with. If the waiters are just tools, that’s a bit different.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Carson

    I must confess: I thought that dude was a lady until you said otherwise. Oops!

    Service at a restaurant can make or break an experience for me. Even if the food is the best I have ever had, I can’t enjoy the meal with poor service.
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahhaa he certainly had enough hair product for to be one!

      August 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I’m really proud of you for making the decision not to run. Obviously it makes more sense to sit it out than be sorr later, but it’s never an easy decision. At least you did get to meet so many people and soak in the race atmosphere! I’m a zooma ambassador but I actually think I’m going to back out of the race (don’t want to pay for a plane ticket home). I really hope you get some answers on that leg of yours- we have dealt with enough injuries to last a lifetime at this point!
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth. I just kept telling myself that the marathon wasn’t worth it! And I am so glad that I got to meet the girls–it was one of the highlights of my weekend, obviously. My ham has continued to feel better, but now my peroneal is acting up, I’m sure as a result of compensating. So I”m just gonna take it easy, spin bike, and massage etc.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    Generally the food is more important to me than the service, but really bad service would kill it for me. I won an age group in a local 10k and also in an even smaller 10k I won for the women overall. It was cool and I got a gift card to a local pizza place. Luckily that was back when I still ate pizza πŸ™‚

    August 4, 2014 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha I was about to say! That is super cool, and VERY fortunate that your diet still worked with it.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Wow … I know that crappy service can get me down more than mediocre food … and I TOTALLY get how it can be a ‘last straw’ item!

    Love that guy from Lolla! haha

    Sorry about your hammy … hope it gets better quickly!

    Oh – and exactly what are these ‘big girl pants’ everyone talks about … πŸ˜‰ haha
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hammer pants.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i tell myself every week that i need to cut chips and salsa out of my diet…and then i re-convince myself every week that since i hardly eat any gluten or sweets and virtually zero pasta or bread, that tortilla chips are a necessity. and then i eat a gazillion.
    as far as restaurants with bad service…nope. prob wouldn’t go back. although i have to say that hasn’t happened to me often, esp in NYC — they’d prob go out of business immediately.
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My problem is that if you put it in front of me, I will eat it. I don’t have an off switch. That is why I have to be careful about what I keep around me. I will mow through it. And in NYC, you either have to be actually evil or perfect to survive in the resto biz. Some of them make their money on that.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm
      • Reply Suslyfe's mommy, Clare

        Ok, so in the movie Field of Dreams, which came out in 1989, Kevin Costner hears a voice that says…
        “If you build it, they will come”
        Well, you and I have the edible version of this famous statement always buzzing around in our heads–
        “if you put it down in front of me, I will eat it”
        followed by
        “if you don’t move so I can reach it, I will smack you upside the head.

        August 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          PREACH. And this is why you are my mommy.

          August 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Lol nice S&M joke – way to sneak that one in there! Bad service almost always ruins a meal experience for me. Like my dinner at RPM…nice place, nice food, but I couldn’t get passed the attitude of our waitress. Idk it doesn’t ruin meals but I think we all see going out to dinner as a full experience so how could it not ruin it at least a little?

    Chips and salsa are the death of me at Mexican restaurants. But not as much as a bag of white cheddar popcorn! Have you ever had SmartFood? I could eat a whole bag for dinner for sure.
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    August 4, 2014 at 9:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See, my experience at RPM was just kind of meh–not rude, but the food wasn’t stellar and the service (especially by the end) was a bit aloof. Having gone back there (to apply, actually), I wouldn’t go again, having met the people.
      Have I had Smartfood. hahahahahaha How do you think I was intelligent enough for the S&M joke? πŸ˜€

      August 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Mama Salt

    There was a place we used to go all the time that had mediocre food, but the service was so great that we went back. I just can’t even with rude service. I will never go to a place again.

    I’m sorry about your leg, love. πŸ™ I hope you can get that madness under control quickly. And your wedding project? Gorgeous on that wall. I love your wedding pics like woah.

    August 4, 2014 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      People don’t realize how much something like that can ruin your day–I was literally ok and moving on from the leg thing until that moment. Then it was like you had killed my dog or something. And thanks! It took us FOREVER to finally do it, but every time I look at that wall, I smile.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Rae

    I’m sorry to hear about your leg, my dear! Hopefully it sorts itself out soon.

    For me, bad service is a total deal breaker, especially when it’s CONSISTENTLY bad. I get it, sometimes restaurants or servers have an off night, but if they can’t get the simplest customer interactions right, they’re doing it wrong.
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    August 4, 2014 at 10:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG tell me about it. For me too, as a former server (and in a modern Mexican restaurant, no less) I know exactly how long things take. So seriously???? I have a coupon for a free margarita (that I forgot I had), so I told Alex that we’ll go, get the marg, and leave after that. No use trying to order anything.

      August 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    Tough call but you’re smart to not push it. One run and you might have been limping for days. that’s awesome you still went out to support the ladies and meet some peeps πŸ™‚
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    August 4, 2014 at 11:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I figured why not? I’ll be up then anyways! But yup–like I told Caitlin, I hope to have many halfs in my future, but there is only one more marathon (for the time being). I can’t be out for a month!

      August 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Love the hat…I need a fabulous one like that for my kid free vacay in SIX days!! wahooo!! Oh, and I hope this doesn’t offend you, but it’s a medical thing since I’m a nurse… it’s spelled subdural hematoma πŸ˜‰ And really disappointed with your zooma experience. I was an ambassador for Annapolis and had a great experience, so bummed that you didn’t πŸ™
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    August 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha not at all–I’m actually glad you reminded me because I put it in the post, meant to ask Alex and totally forgot! I’m the same way–I totally notice those things. And different things are important to different people at every race. I got some great swag even though I ended up not running, so it’s all good lol.
      6. days. HOLLLLER

      August 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Oh no! That restaurant sounds awful. I don’t think I would go back there. The way I see restaurants is that I am mainly going for the service. I love cooking, and I like to think I am pretty good at it, so I can make most things myself and they will taste good. But when we go to a restaurant, it is because I want a break and want good service.

    That picture has me craving French toast now!
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    August 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so right–we are perfectly capable of cooking, but when we go out, it is because we want someone to take care of us. And when is my massage?
      You go getchoself some French Toast!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    I’m sorry you had such a not nice time at Mezcalina. I hate it when things in your life are going bad, but you’re keeping it together and then one little and not so big thing makes you super upset. enter i don’t know why I’m crying about this… Not that it happened to you, but it happens to me….

    It really isn’t worth it to me to go to restaurants when the service sucks. We had this issue when Geoff and I visited New York. People were downright rude.

    Sounds like you had a good weekend otherwise than you hamstring… Hope you get better soon!
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    August 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and yeah, it was totally one of those things–the trigger of the explosion. I guess I didn’t realize how close I was to blowing!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    I usually want it all when it comes to my dining experiences: great atmosphere, great customer service and delicious food. My one exception is our favorite pizzeria. The customer service is awful but the carby goodness makes up for it. Sending good vibes to your leg!
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    August 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m right there with you–if you are in the hospitality business, get on it. But good pizza? well, ok, yeah that I can understand πŸ˜€ and thanks!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Your wedding canvas pictures look ah-mazing!! Dan and I have been talking about doing some for months.

    Sorry to hear about your bad restaurant experience! Thank goodness you live in a delicious food-filled city and can spend some time exploring other places!
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    August 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I was so happy with how they turned out, and we swapped a painting to the other side of the room, and I just think that everything is in the right place now. Plus we got a 2 for 1 deal, so SHAZAAM. And that’s the thing: you are a restaurant of thousands. Get your ISH together!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    I’m glad you had a great weekend despite the hammie trouble! I’m loving all of the rock tape colors. My favorites are the electric blue or blue argyle because blue is my favorite color. I hate places where I get bad service but luckily it doesn’t happen too often, and if it does they are normally very busy and understaffed so I always end up feeling bad for my waiter.
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    August 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES I’m happy that you like the blue argyle, and the electric blue is my other favorite, snap. I totally understand when a restaurant is understaffed and that is the reason the waiter is in the weeds. That happens, and I of all people get it! But when they are just ignoring you? HOW ABOUT NO, SCOTT

      August 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Bad service completely ruins a restaurant for me. I wouldn’t go back, no matter how good the food. And I’m always paranoid that the restaurant just KNOWS I am the one who complained, so they’ll spit in my food or something.

    It was SO AWESOME to meet you! I can’t say that enough. I told my dad on the way home that I could have talked to you all day long.
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    August 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I totally see you having the guilty sheepish look on your face, but trying so hard to look baddass. You need to get into more wall fights for that to happen.
      And a-freaking-men. Same thing I said to Alex, natch!

      August 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Katie @glutes and ladders

    Ahhhh girl, that’s so tough about your injury πŸ™ Good for you for being smart and not pushing through when you have a big race coming up. Here’s to hoping you get that shiz figured out soon!

    Restaurants in this town have HORRIBLE service. One of the “nicest” places here in town definitely has the worst service I’ve ever seen. I am at the point where I will only go there if others truly want to go.

    August 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember you saying that! Did you tell me that in Australia all the servers make the same thing, so they just blatantly take advantage of it? Guess you better just be a great cook!
      And thank you–I think everyone just needed a solid rest.

      August 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Sounds like you made the right decision. Really hope you figure out what is up with that hammy and get it healed. So frustrating. The wedding pics look awesome!

    August 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! After you emailed me (thank you again for that, by the way, I needed to hear it from someone else!), it just kept on getting worse. Saturday, it was better but still tinge-y, then Sunday, it felt fine but my peroneal started to act up, then my heel and peroneal (working its way down) but with ice for the heel, tape, and massage I think I should be ok to run some tomorrow.

      August 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ok…so I was at Zooma! I agree, it was a little lacking in the amenities, but my friends made it a race to remember for me!
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    August 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, IMHO, good racing buddies can make anything better πŸ˜€ I’m so glad that you had a great time! That is the most important thing, undoubtedly!

      August 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Perspective | Suzlyfe

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  • Reply Cassie

    I HATE bad service at restaurants. It completely turns me off. Also I feel like Mexican places have great service or awful service. I won’t go somewhere with mediocre food for the service… food first for me πŸ™‚
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    August 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha so basically PERFECTION OR BUST!! I like it.

      August 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Hope your hamstring is behaving! But you’re totally right with preemptive rest. Bad service will totally turn me off a restaurant and once it gets a black mark it’s hard to go back.
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    August 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Kaitlin

    I love your sun hat! I’ve been looking for a mega brim just because my face burns so easily πŸ™‚

    August 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I think I got mine from target? (most likely). It can be annoying to drag around, but it is sooooo worth it.

      August 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Friday Favorites, Being Social, and New Balance Girls Night out - Suzlyfe

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    October 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
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