Happy Monday! I’m off today (although I have a dentist appointment shortly….#boo) and have just been enjoying this long weekend so much.

Starting backwards….

I completed the Staten Island Half Marathon yesterday and miraculously had a really good race. I’ll have a complete recap up soon. Thank you to those who gave me knee advice. I’m really happy to report it held up. Just some mild pain from mile 11 to the finish.

staten island half finisher

pretty medal

Saturday rained all day but when it lightened up a bit we took the dogs for a stroll through the park.

happy dogs

Happiness is…

Friday I attended a wedding. My hair behaved and my dress zippered….#winning


all ready to run a marathon…. #kidding

I got to see some old friends/coworkers.


And I had so much fun with my partner in crime pigging out on the best cocktail hour eats. I love that he loves food as much as I do. Food is not just fuel in our world. I failed at taking pics of the delicious eats because I was too busy shoving in as much as I could in an hour. But the highlights were mini red snapper fish tacos, crab cake sliders and mini philly cheese steak sandwiches. Oh the shitake mushroom tempura was pretty tasty too. =)

By favorite accessory of the night =)

My favorite accessory of the night =)

After my dentist appointment this morning, I’ll be taking Duncan upstate to meet up with my friend Susan and her Jack Russell (Duncan’s girlfriend) Lucy for a hike along the Hudson River. It’ll be a great way to get that lactic acid buildup out of my quads from the race yesterday. The fall foliage should be pretty amazing too.

Holiday weekends are the best!

What did you do? Are you working today?

I kissed a girl got a knee brace and I liked it!

Howdy folks. Happy FRIDAYYYY!!!!

I’m going to a wedding today.

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I love weddings. I always feel so optimistic and hopeful. And it gives me the chance to dress up. Y’all know I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans and sneakers girl but every so often I doll myself up and amaze myself =)

Tonight I’m wearing this cute dress I got on sale at Macy’s a few weeks back. It’s got a white lining with black lace over top.

soutache dress


Yesterday I walked almost 4 miles with one friend (and our dogs) in the morning and then another 2 miles in the evening with another friend (and our dogs). Duncan was exhausted by the time we drove home from the second walk…

sleepy doodle

that was a little too much for me ma!

It was great except my knee felt a bit sore by evening. My friend Doreen has a history in the medical field and as I describe the knee stuff she said it was a MUST for me to get some sort of compression sleeve for my knee. So I went to Target and got the cheapest one because in my mind I knew I probably would not even bother.

Today though, I had a change of heart and decided to at least try running a couple of miles with it.

knee brace for running

that’s duncan licking the sweat off my legs =)

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slow and steady

I don’t know if it was a placebo effect or not but my knee didn’t feel as tentative as it did the last few times. It slid down a little bit as I was running but eventually settled at a secure spot which felt comfortable. So…..it looks like I’ll be wearing it on Sunday. I just hate that it squishes the fat above my knee up. LOL!

Well, I’m off to get ready….I’ll be headed to the church ceremony shortly.

And for a little weekend inspiration, I leave you with this:

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Have a great weekend. Anyone running this weekend? Any Chicago Marathoners????