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Weekend Wins to Bring April to A Close (Chocolate, Running, Friends!)

Did you have any wins this weekend? From work to running to friends to food (ALL THE CHOCOLATE) to awareness, sharing some highlights of the past few days!

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Five Weekend Wins!

1) Work Wins

I had a few great wins this weekend with regards to work things!

One of my running clients had her first longer run where she finished without pain and feeling like she could keep going! This is a HUGE win–she has had a myriad of ligament and other such issues as she has come back from a rather horrible stress fracture, so getting that message from her after her run on Saturday was such great news!

Gladys and I have been working so hard on some that really, really scares her: walking backwards over changes in elevation. This past week, we worked on her stepping backwards over an exercise step–the first time I told her to do it without holding my hand, there was real, visceral fear on her face, and she froze. But we worked through it, and soon she was going back over it like a champ!

At work, I had some seriously great tables. Someone even went up to the hostess stand on their way out and gushed about me! It was great to feel like I could relax about what I was doing, be effective, and really engage with people. THOSE are the reasons that I love serving!

2) Running Wins

I nailed my highest mileage goal this week. I will be pulling way back on running now, and so I decided to just go for it. I will admit, I’m a bit nervous to say how far I ran, because I know I will be judged for it. But I’m going to lay it out there, because I am truly proud of myself, my body, and how I am taking care of my body (and yes, for all of those that are out there thinking it, that means getting in an absurd amount of calories, made much easier by staff meal at the restaurant, lol!). I hit 60 miles on Friday.

Running in Chicago @suzlyfe

That is only one day of double digit runs–I just ran consistently, some of the miles were broken up (like if I was running to downtown).

I finished April of last year in a similar fashion: not caring or keeping track of how many miles I had run but just running for the sake of running after not being able to do so. Find what you love, what makes you happy, respect your body, fuel it properly, and know when to pull back (ie now). 

3) Friend Wins

Brunch with girlfriends is always a win! On a cold and dreary day, Ellen and Alicia joined me up in my neck of the woods for brunch at Orange. We had planned a Sweat Pink Ambassador Sip N Sweat + National Infertility Awareness Week Walk of Hope event, but the weather scared everyone else away. I got my run on (in run/walk fashion) in my shakeout that morning with Team Challenge, so I got my sip on with Ellen and Alicia at Orange!


Sweat Pink Chicago meet up! #sweapink #iamempowered #repost @the_suzlyfe

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It was great to catch up with Alicia after her travels around the world, and you know that I just loathe spending time with Ellen ;D Plus, Alicia and I introduced her to Molly’s Cupcakes, so I consider that a win for a friend!

In work related friend news, I feel like I’m making some great friends at work!

4) Food Wins

Cookie dough filled chocolate and the most massive staff meal ever after my highest mileage week ever. One of my coworkers went to Dylan’s Candy Bar and brought us back some fun candy bars, and I went straight for the cookie dough filled ones 😀 SO GOOD. 

Chocolate crossaints. I went to my photography workshop on Sunday, and after helping myself to a lovely and healthy second breakfast of Greek yogurt, fruit, and Jessica’s Natural Granola (SO. GOOD)…. I said, “F it” and helped myself to chocolate crossaint. OMG it was so good. So unnecessary, and so good. I used to live off of them as a kid (and you know I got a hot chocolate with my crossaint). 

Looking for the ultimate healthy chocolate chip banana bread muffin recipe? LOOK NO FURTHER. High protein, high fiber, gluten free ready, and easy to make, these are perfect for meals and snacks! Friday Catch Up at the end of the post! @suzlyfe

Another round of banana muffins. I used a similar combination of ingredients as this recipe, but I added a vital ingredient: cornmeal. I could eat these all day (and don’t worry, I am!)

5) Awareness Wins

May is another big month in the infertility sector for me, so it was really empowering for me to finish out April with National Infertility Awareness Week. I have to give such major props to Liz Shaw for all that she does to help foster such a positive community at Bumps to Baby–I am honored to be a part of the community, and honored to be her friend. 

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Thank you to all who are signing the petition, bought shirts from me or from the Bumps to Baby site, and are doing what they can to raise awareness for the 1 in 8 couples who will encounter infertility!

Cookie dough filled chocolate, 60 miles, and more wins from Suz's weekend! #sweatpink #ttc #runner Click To Tweet

Hooking up with Katie for Marvelous Monday and Meg for Week in Review!

Tell me a win from your weekend!

Cookie dough filled chocolate or chocolate crossaints? Cornbread or french fries?

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  • Reply Carla

    I am here to applaud your mileage win. And to roll my damn eyes at how judge’y the Internet hath become.

    May 1, 2017 at 5:08 am
  • Reply AmyC

    Love your running pic in this post! My big win from the weekend is getting to meet more members of my SUP group. The more the merrier!

    May 1, 2017 at 5:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome! How fuN!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply heather @Lunging Through Life

    Wooo that’s so great with your mileage! I’m proud of you. Might as well go all out, ya know! Here’s hoping your blog problems will be over! My weekend was great. I laid down twice this weekend for naps. Niether happened but I had some time to just rest and reset.

    May 1, 2017 at 5:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, just getting some quiet time to you is awesome!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Nice job with those miles! I think I ran 6 this week but that was a huge win for me:)

    May 1, 2017 at 5:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’ve been battling some MAJOR injury demons!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Christina @

    That’s amazing about your mileage, congratulations! I’m glad your new job is going so well too, it’s always such a relief to get settled in.

    May 1, 2017 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I was tired of feeling nervous!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Sounds like a great week and weekend. It also sounds like chocolate was a theme this weekend!

    May 1, 2017 at 6:01 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’m happy for you cuz this is the happiest weekend I think I’ve seen in awhile!

    May 1, 2017 at 6:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      IT was low key and great.

      May 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    you ran 60 miles last week? holy crap. I’m in the 20 mile club nearly every week

    May 1, 2017 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great place to be!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Wow, lady, I’m so impressed! I hit 50 a few times in training but never hit 60- largely because I’ve been injury prone in the past. I’m glad you could get out there and enjoy all the spring weather!

    May 1, 2017 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”ve been hugely injury prone in the past as well–this was a lovely treat!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    So many weekend wins for you! Way to go with your mileage. I feel like I’m holding back on my weekly mileage even though I’m increasing it. Love the shirts.

    May 1, 2017 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Great job on getting the number to creep up!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    That weekend looks like a win. Props to you for nailing the running and the coaching and the waitressing!

    May 1, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      May 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities

    I bet you would be awesome to chat with as a server 🙂 small win, but after doing only cardio for an inordinate amount of time (out of laziness), I lifted weights both days this weekend.

    May 1, 2017 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hoping that I”m going to get back to strength training during my break from running!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a fun weekend! Glad you guys got together to walk.
    I’d pick cookie dough any day… it’s my favorite!

    May 1, 2017 at 7:22 am
  • Reply

    So many amazing wins! The 60 miles in one week blew me away. The most I have ever run in a week is 40! May there be many more wins in May.

    May 1, 2017 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      More in May! For us all!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    So I took that to read you ran 60 miles on Friday, but I know you meant for the month! At least, I hope so!

    May 1, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply Lindsay

      I too hope it’s 60 for the month. Sadly I’m worried she meant 60 for the week. Surely that’ll make your body feel safe and RESTED and ready for a baby??!!!

      May 3, 2017 at 10:21 am
      • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

        I don’t know about that. I ran all the way up to my egg retrievals and embryo transfers for both pregnancies.

        May 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm
        • Reply Lindsay

          Doesnt surprise me, lotsa women can and do.

          But if someone’s struggling to get pregnant. .. even with IVF and still struggling. .. and this someone is very thin to begin with, it’s proven medically that running can make it harder to conceive and when undergoing so much already both mentally and physically to conceive why wouldn’t you could out the things that *might*be making it harder on your body.

          May 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm
          • Lindsay

            Not rocket science.

            Of course for some they can run marathons and conceive on their own. But from suzys ttc journey her body is obviously struggling. No good to add fire to the flame

            May 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm
        • Reply Lindsay

          One more thing. Check out the book No Period Now What, by Nicola rinaldi. She takes a lot about how exercise, ESPECIALLY running being the worst, can really make getting pregnant hard and why… lotsa studies and data to back it up.

          May 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For the week!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    So many wins this weekend for you! I thought you ran 60 miles on Friday as well, ha ha! Great job with increasing your mileage, I’ve been slowly increasing mine.
    Win for the weekend was getting in my 12k on the treadmill after a super long day!

    May 1, 2017 at 7:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh goodness , that might kill me! Yay for 12k, and on the TM, no less!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I love, love, love your April running post because it’s just so great to RUN for the sake of running and being consistent. I have been really appreciating every single run these days so that just hit home for me. Happy running my friend 🙂 and 60 miles is DOPE!

    May 1, 2017 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Allie! Running is such an amazing gift!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    One great fun win is going to come in an hour.
    I’ve made a good Cabo riding friend whom I only get to see for a week each year. She’s in town and we are taking our lessons together this week.
    The delightful smart and funny woman was born functualy blind. She has limited sight in one eye.
    So, she can not drive a car, but she can ride a horse!
    This is equine therapy in a different way than most people imagine.
    Flying at a fast canter down a desert arroyo with on a horse she trusts and with a good friend on the lead horse in front is the greatest freedom she knows.
    I can’t wait to see her, have a long ride and catch up with her year!

    May 1, 2017 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m so glad that she has such a great friend in you 😀

      May 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Despite the blog woes, you sound happy and that is awesome. Friends, good work days, exercise therapy, wins with clients and chocolate croissants can do that to you. I really like the focus on wins.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up. Here’s to another great week.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The happy comes and goes–but focusing on wins helps!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Emily

    What a wonderful weekend…. Your post running face is what I look like when I go running. Sometimes you just have to go for it and get in those miles while you can; running is truly a blessing.

    Love the pictures of you and Ellen and other friends; I’m thankful you are such a great advocate for infertility awareness.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for always supporting us and me Emily!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    A win from my weekend is spending time with my friends! It was my last weekend before finals starts so it was nice to have fun and spend time with them 🙂

    May 1, 2017 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Best of luck on finals!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Why on earth would anyone judge a runner for running? That’s crazy! I’ve been wanting to try the new KitKat cookie dough filled chocolate bars (you guys have probably had them down there since 1982). I love chocolate croissants, but they have to be warmed up a little.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you would be surprised…

      May 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Oh Suz. SO many wins!! As a coach, it must just be the best feeling to really help a client over such a milestone. To see the fear before, and then the pride afterwards. Gladys must have been flying HIGH once she left you. As I’m sure you were, too. And I’m so stoked you got recognized at work. Another great feeling is knowing you made someone’s night into a great one – and then being noticed for it. YAY. So much YAY.

    May 1, 2017 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes! we all need shout outs, don’t we?!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Those running for enjoyment miles are so important, and the best!
    I’m still hitting the lower end of my mileage, but I’m feeling healthy and that’s the key.

    May 1, 2017 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree–healthy, happy, confident!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    omg I want a chocolate croissant now! Cookie dough is one of my fav things. Nick and I often make a batch of cookie dough just to eat straight up raw.

    May 1, 2017 at 10:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What about a cookie dough stuffed croissant?

      May 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Wow! Congrats in hitting 60 miles for the week. I do not think think I every hit that. The most I ever did was 52 I believe. It is so much easier to run more now that it has been consistently nice out.

    May 1, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree. It’s also easier now that I’m not marathon training, interestingly!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I refuse to choose between the chocolates and carbs. I love them all. Gimme.

    May 1, 2017 at 11:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why I like you

      May 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Emily Weir

    Sounds like a great end of the month for you! Congrats on 60 miles in a week (I’m tired just thinking about it)! That cookie dough chocolate treat sounds DELICIOUS.

    May 1, 2017 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      May 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Wow, impressive miles! I’m glad to hear all those miles were followed up with all that good food – because isn’t good food the perfect complement to a good week of running? That’s awesome about both your coaching and personal training client – those little accomplishments that others make can mean so much.

    May 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You must refuel!! ALL ABOUT THE REFUEL

      May 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    Talk about an amazing and – in a non-food but rather socializing/productivity sense – satisfying month. It’s great to hear how well life is going for you after the hard time of unsuccessful trials of getting Yoshi to nest.
    Also: chocolate croissant all the way. My dad occasionally got these for us as special weekend breakfast treats so they hold good childhood memories for me.

    May 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hoping that now that I’ve given Yoshi the run around, he/she will want to rest!!! That is such a sweet memory!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    Cookie-dough filled chocolate! Whaaattt! Sounds delicious. And good job on the work wins! Those always feel awesome.

    May 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GET IT! It is at Dylan’s Candy Bar 😀

      May 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Sorry to hear about the blog woes. I know that feeling all too well!
    Glad to see all of the wins going on for you though! Lots of good things happening 🙂
    A win for me is being nealy DONE with putting sprinklers in my backyard! It’s been a TWO WEEK process since we have the dirt from hell. It is seriously like rock – digging through it has been a nightmare! BUT we are nearly there now 🙂

    May 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ANd lots of concrete… literally!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Deb Runs

    I love all your wins – so well deserved!

    May 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Debbie!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Lots of wins 😉 Congrats!!

    May 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Be yourself eating carbs ha love it! yeah for client wins. I have been helping someone learn to swim and it’s such a fabulous feeling to see someone realize new abilities

    May 1, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think I only am truly myself when eating carbs, ha! That is so great that you are helping someone learn to swim!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    If you were feeling all those miles, than I’m so glad you ran them! Who cares what anyone else thinks?!?! It sounds like you had a simply marvelous weekend!

    May 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, you know–everyone has an opinion!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    YAY for the work wins and the brunching and running and cupcakes ❤️ So glad you’ve been able to run for funsies. You know what’s right for you.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I’m being really careful!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Renee

    GREAT month Suz!!!
    oh and Chocolate croissants and cornbread please, but maybe not together!! haha!

    May 2, 2017 at 2:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I dunno, it could be delicious! Thank you!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply

    Well done on all those miles! Our win for the weekend was a 13 mile hike along an old railway line on Saturday. Loved it. And it’s all part of the training for our BIG climb next year. 😀

    May 2, 2017 at 2:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      May 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Susie! Yay for a nice weekend and for a blogger friend meet-up! 🙂

    May 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was such a lovely (though rainy) one!

      May 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Um, chocolate croissants all the way but since I can’t find a gluten free croissant that doesn’t taste disgusting, I think I’d have to go with the cookie dough filled chocolate as I’m sure that could be made into a delicious GF version!

    I’m totally jealous you ladies get to meet up for brunch! I want a Suz and Ellen meet up!

    May 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We would love to have a meet up with you! We will find you a GF chocolate croissant!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

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