Boxing, Baking and Relaxing – Another Weekend in CLE

Well, we finally had a weekend back in CLE. And it was great. Don’t get me wrong – I love traveling and loved spending time in Dallas and New Orleans, but but it was great to have some time to hang out and enjoy the gorgeous fall Cleveland weather, be somewhat productive and also chill with friends.

Friday night, B and I attended the Cleveland Boxing Invitational. B’s on the Associate Board of the Cleveland Sports Commission and this is one of their big fundraisers of the year. I’m not a huge boxing fan, but it’s a cool event and really fun to see Tower City all decked out with a boxing ring, tables, etc.

B and I at the event

B and I at the event

Check it out - it's usually a mall but they decked it out with a boxing ring

Check it out – it’s usually a mall but they decked it out with a boxing ring

Saturday, Nicole and I had a lady date planned. We didn’t get nearly as much done as we had wanted to, but we did end up meeting for a run. I got in 6 slow miles – it was chilly out!

Running selfie

Running selfie

And then we spent the afternoon baking some pumpkin cookies and bars. Yup, still not over pumpkin baking!

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Then it was time for Ladies Craft Beer Society. This month was pumpkin beers and we made mugs and tea. Pretty much the perfect fall craft!


Sunday morning I had plans to relax, but with the weather being 63 degrees, I knew I had to get out and at least go for a run / walk. It was too nice not to go out!


I also got to wear my new running skirt, which I hadn’t gotten to do since it got cool.


I didn’t do much during the day. I managed to do some meal prep, make some fudge and watch some girly stuff on TV.

a few days of lunches

a few days of lunches



I watched some episodes of a pretty awesome show – Catastrophe. Have you seen it? I blew threw 5 episodes (they’re only 20ish min) in 2 days.

And that was about it! A pretty good weekend if you ask me.

Some questions for you:

  • I need some good chick flicks/TV shows to watch on Netflix/Amazon. Any recommendations? my bff Jane recommended Catastrophe and it was great. What else?
  • Are you still eating pumpkin flavored things? Or are you over pumpkin yet?
  • Do you like boxing?

Linking up with Her Heartland Soul for this weekend update post.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I am so lucky to be in a great city with access to such a wonderful, thriving, cultural scene.

I happen to live, play and work downtown Cleveland, home of Playhouse Square, which is the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York. And one of the perks of living here is that sometimes I get to see GREAT Broadway shows.

This week, I was invited by Playhouse Square to see The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. I got two complimentary tickets, so B and I enjoyed a night out.

At the theater!

At the theater!

We even got to sample some delicious pasta and treats from Maggianos at the media preview event before the show!

pre-show eats from Maggiano's

pre-show eats from Maggiano’s



perfect pre-show decor

perfect pre-show decor

Have you heard of the show? Here’s the plot in a nutshell:

Some highlights from the show:

The show was a blast. It was funny, had catchy music and was fast paced. Come on – when was the last time you saw a musical about a serial killer? Okay, I guess Sweeney Todd counts, and I do love me some Sweeney Todd – but this musical was less gory, less gruesome and the killer was more lovable.

Even B enjoyed it. We both laughed at the funny parts and clapped (and may have even cheered) at so many other parts as well. The cast was great – so many of the characters were unique and there’s even one guy who plays SEVERAL roles.

photo courtesy Playhouse Square, photo credit: Joan Marcus

I don’t want to give too much away – so go see it yourself! A Gentleman’s Guide is in town until November 15, 2015. In Cleveland? Be sure to go to to get tickets before the show’s gone.

Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, as well as invited to attend the pre-show reception by Playhouse Square. All views, as always, are my own.

Some questions for you:

  • What was the last musical you’ve seen?
  • Have you seen a Gentleman’s Guide?
  • What’s your favorite Broadway show?

Still Feelin Like Fall!

I’m not gonna lie, it was a pretty uneventful weekend. Yes, it was Halloween, but I was getting over a cold (thanks, air travel!), and feeling tired and not too in the mood to do anything exciting.

Friday night included Souper Market takeout and catching up on Netflix. No photos needed – I mean, don’t you know what soup and old How I Met Your Mother episodes look like?

Saturday morning, B had signed us up for a Halloween themed 5 mile race. B dressed up as Ron Burgundy and I dressed up as a dinosaur. I still can’t believe B ran 5 miles in a turtleneck, blazer and grey slacks. That’s commitment!


After the race, we decided to do our typical Saturday routine. We hadn’t been in town in a while, so it was great to go to the Market and grab some tea. Warm ginger tea and honey with a cold = amazing.


Saturday afternoon, I did some baking and B did some cooking. We had plans to go to Dave and Anson’s house for trick-or-treaters and scary movie night. B made amazing deep dish pizzas to bring – they were so good I forgot to take a photo until we had eaten half of them.



For our annual scary movie night, we opted to watch Saw. It’s a movie I’ve seen a few times, but Dave and Anson hadn’t seen it and since it was going off Netflix Nov. 1, we decided to watch it.

Sunday morning, thanks to Daylight Saving, we got up pretty early and decided to get some brunch at Phuel. I’m a big fan of their yogurt and granola parfait.


After brunch, since it was 60s and gorgeous, we decided to get in a long walk in the Metroparks. The fall colors were looking beautiful and I enjoyed a free Starbucks beverage on the walk. It was pretty much a the perfect fall scene – and the RED CUPS are out already! I’m not ready for red cup season yet.

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After the walk, B and I watched the Browns game and may have taken a nap. That’s two naps for me in one weekend – a new record! I’m taking advantage of getting sleep when I can, especially with this cold.

Family dinner on Sunday night ended with a great dessert – B’s mom made carrot cake and it was AMAZING. I’m not a huge cake person (I prefer cookies and ice cream) – but carrot cake. Oh my. And this one was delicious!


And that was it! See, a pretty uneventful weekend.

Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite type of cake?
  • Do you have a favorite scary movie?
  • Do you like naps?

The Family Visits CLE

What a wonderful weekend.

My family was in town. That’s right, my parents AND Greg were all in Cleveland for the long weekend, and it was glorious. The weather was gorgeous, we had some good eats and we got in some quality time.

Some highlights from the weekend …

Greg got into town Thursday, so we had dinner and ice cream together.

ice cream

Friday, my parents came in. We had dinner in Uptown – starting with an amazing meal at L’Albatros and then dessert at Coquette Patisserie.

pre-dinner with the parents in Uptown

pre-dinner with the parents in Uptown

dessert at Coquette!

dessert at Coquette!

Saturday morning, we walked to Hingetown for tea and coffee. Then it was off to the West Side Market to pick up groceries.

tea place

kombucha on tap=happiness.

Saturday also included a walk down to the lake and dinner along the river.

fam photo by the water

fam photo by the water

pre-dinner drinks along the river

pre-dinner drinks along the river

My parents left Sunday after brunch, but Sunday afternoon, I went with Greg, his friend Zac and his friend Christie to a winery.

brunch. because this post doesn't have enough food photos.

brunch. because this post doesn’t have enough food photos.



After the winery it was time for the closing night at Blossom! Another great performance by the Cleveland Orchestra AND fireworks.

The group @ Blossom

The group @ Blossom



For Labor Day, we did as any good American and did NO Labor. We hit the beach!

beach day

And for dinner, we celebrated B and his brother’s birthday. With cupcakes, of course. (These were made by my niece and nephew – how cute!)


Tuesday was our last day off before Greg and Zac left. Naturally, we started the day with a run. It was 81 degrees, something the San Fran boys were not used to, so I could actually keep up with them! We finished 5.6 miles at under a 9 min/mile pace, so I was pretty pleased.


We had a low-key last day. We enjoyed some Restore for breakfast (my fave acai bowls/smoothies/toast) and then spent the rest of the day chilling at a coffee shop in Tremont.

smoked salmon toast. BEST.

smoked salmon toast. BEST. (and I love acai bowls with almond butter!)



All in all, it was a great weekend in Cleveland. The weather was great (I don’t mind 80s :)), and it was fun to show my brother and Zac around and see my parents. Why can’t summer never end?

Some questions for you:

  • Almond OR peanut butter? If you had to choose one …
  • Do you like kombucha? Ever had it on tap?
  • What’s something great you ate over the holiday weekend?

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Half Marathon Recap

This Sunday I ran a half marathon, the Inaugural Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Half Marathon. It was the first year of the race (thus the name) and the start and finish line were within walking distance from my apartment. How could I say no?

Packet pickup in front of the Rock Hall!

Packet pickup in front of the Rock Hall!

Leading up to race week I was less than ecstatic. My left foot was still sore from hiking/rolling it a few weeks ago (whoops!) and the weather was looking HOT.

Raceday=Sunday=hottest day in the forecast

Raceday=Sunday=hottest day in the forecast

How I spent the night before the race ... compression socks (yes, they're inside out) and ice!

How I spent the night before the race … compression socks (yes, they’re inside out) and ice!

That being said, it ended up being a pretty good race! The heat held off until the afternoon (it was low-70s  instead of mid-80s!) and my foot only hurt the first few miles. So how else did it go?

First, the good news. I PR’d! I took two minutes off my time since the May half marathon I ran – my best time now is about 1:55 …


Now, overall thoughts on the race.

The good:

The fuel: There were water stops every two miles on the course and TWO fuel packet (Carb boom!) stops. I was able to grab water nearly every stop without a problem AND the people who were volunteering to hand out water were so helpful and cheerful! There weren’t many crowds on the course, but the people handing out water and Carb Boom were great motivation. Thank you!

Well-organized: While I didn’t hear from the race folks until the Thursday before the race (and yes, I was a little worried), the packet pickup and race day events went very smooth. The porta potty lines at the start were very quick (always appreciated!!).

pre-race selfie with Mary

pre-race selfie with Mary

The course: The course was relatively flat – which was great! It had a few minor hills (two in the beginning and 2 semi hills in the end), but elevation was probably the flattest of any half marathon I’ve ever run. So it was very PR friendly :)

ended up being a gorgeous day!

ended up being a gorgeous day!

The not-so-good:

The course: I know, I said I liked the course above. Forgive me, I’m fickle. I found the last 4 or so miles of the course awful, mentally. It was all one straight away (I do better on courses where there are a few turns I can look forward to), all black top, and no shade. Thank goodness it didn’t hit 80s until later in the day, but I was hot and bored.

The crowds: There weren’t many people out watching during the race. I know this isn’t the fault of the race organizers, but it would’ve been nice to have more people watching and cheering us on. I am so grateful that B and Nicole were out at 2 spots plus the finish line cheering us on!

Nicole made us a sign!

Nicole made us a sign!

Race entertainment: I was hoping for a band along the course or something – but besides the water stops (which, as I said above, were plentiful and cheerful!), there was nothing. And I’m spoiled with bands and music and cheering from other races, so I missed that during this course.

My stomach: Okay, this is all me. I’ve never ever had problems with my stomach during a long run or race before. I know, I must have jinxed it. But I felt sick from miles 10 on. I started feeling icky a little before, so I tried taking some new fuel (I know, a race day no-no) – Honey Stingers Chocolate with Caffeine Gel – and I’m not sure if that’s why, but after that point I didn’t feel any better. I was tired, thirsty, and for the last mile or so, nauseous. :(


I don’t have another half marathon in my sights anytime soon – I’m tooling with a November race, but haven’t signed up yet. After feeling ill the last few miles, it’s hard to get myself to register. It took me some time to be able to eat normal food again.

post-race fuel. My fave acai bowl at Restore!

post-race fuel. My fave acai bowl at Restore!

Some questions for you:

  • What is the last race you PR’d in? What’s next in your sights?
  • Do you feel sick during long runs? What’s the cause/cure?

Picture Perfect Weekends.

It was a picture perfect weekend in Cleveland. Really – I have no complaints. We had sunshine, blue skies, warm weather, and everything just seemed to work out perfectly. See for yourself – I’ll be linking up with Running N Reading and Her Heartland Soul today again for this weekend update post!

Friday morning started out with 5 miles with Mary before work. It was great to get outside and run after my vacation- I took two days off and my legs were feeling great.Screenshot 2015-08-02 12.37.00

After work, B and I checked out the Asian Market. I went last month with my parents, and B hadn’t yet gotten a chance to enjoy it. It was great – so many people and great food. I love Snow Bros Shavery and they were there.

my vietnamese cabbage salad

my vietnamese cabbage salad


shaved snow with mango whipped cream and boba…yum!

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Saturday morning, B and I got in an unplanned run – I had forgotten to sign up for the OROC 5k, so we did one on our own.  I was pretty happy to have negative splits.

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After the run, we went to Restore for a feast. Seriously, a feast. We shared the avocado toast, a smoothie and an acai bowl. It was the perfect post-run, hot day treat!


Then, per usual, we hit up the West Side Market for some groceries and spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sun at the beach! It was windy out, so a little too wavy in the water, but the wind kept us cool.



We decide to make it a night out using our gift cards – For dinner, we had a gift card to Town Hall so enjoyed some patio dinner and drinks there. Next? Using a gift card to Cleveland Cinemas and seeing Trainwreck. If you haven’t seen it yet – you must. It is just TOOOOO good. Especially if you have a Cleveland connection.


After the movie was dessert. A gift card to Sweet Moses meant B and I both got treats – I got salted caramel with toffee and B got and ice cream soda.




Sunday started early. I had plans to run with Mary and my cousin-in-law, Meghan. We had 11 miles on the schedule, so I had plans to run to Mary’s, then run to Meghan’s, and then continue until we got to 11.


It was hot, and I was tired, but we did it! Just a few more weeks until the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame half!

The rest of the afternoon was pretty lazy, but we did get to go to a pizza and pool party at B’s grandma’s house with his cousins and siblings. It was the perfect end to a warm weekend.

what  a great view, huh?

what a great view, huh?

What a great weekend! How was yours?

A few questions:

  • Did you get in any long runs this weekend?
  • Do you like ice cream sodas or floats?
  • Have you ever had shaved ice?

Weekend In Photos

I’m going to attempt to not write a lengthy blog post, and instead share my weekend update with you in mostly photos. My challenge – two sentences per photo. Okay … go!

Friday night we tried out a new vegan restaurant in Cleveland. Vegan is maybe my favorite food to eat before  a long run.


Saturday morning=waking up at 5:35 a.m. to find that it’s already 76 degrees and 70% humidity.

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And you need to get in a 9 mile run.

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So you take a sweaty selfie when you’re done. 9 miles by 8 a.m.


And because you’re already up early, you hit up the West Side Market for breakfast and shopping.


AND Hingetown for coffee and scones.


And kombucha.


80 degrees means a perfect beach day. And yes, I actually went in the water.


And evening walks.


Which lead to patio drinks on the water.


And dinner outdoors. You can see B and my shadow.


And after dinner craft brews.


And more photos of the city on the water. Because why not.


Sunday morning Muppet movie marathon. I love the Muppets so so so much!

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Ladies Craft Beer Society. This month was beers in cans and bracelets.


Another nice day means a walk around some lakes before dinner.


Mexican with B’s family for dinner! Chips and some of my favorite salsa.

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And a gorgeous sunset. Which meant another walk to round about a perfect evening!


That was it! Sums up my weekend. Hope yours was as fabulous!

Some questions for you:

  • Any new favorite summer beers I should try? Two days in a row i’ve had grapefruit beers and loved them!
  • Are you an early riser? Or do you prefer to sleep in on weekends? Definitely prefer to sleep in but waking up at 5:30 on Saturday ended up working out great!

PS – I’ll be linking up with Running N Reading and Her Heartland Soul today :)