A taste of spring!

Hooray- it warmed up this weekend and B and I got some time outside in the warm temps! Okay, I don’t really know if upper 30s and then 40s is springlike … or warm. But I’ll take it! After some rain (not snow or ice!) Friday night/Saturday morning, we had a pretty clear, beautiful weather weekend and I was so grateful.

Friday night, B and I headed to our favorite pre-race or long run restaurant, The Flaming Ice Cube. The carby goodness if this vegan restaurant is my perfect running fuel.

Appetizers - buffalo "chik'n" dip

Appetizers – buffalo “chik’n” dip

My go-to - half kalebouli wrap and bean/corn salad

My go-to – half kalebouli wrap and bean/corn salad

Saturday morning was rainy and cool – but it cleared up just in time for B and I to head to the start of the St. Malachi Church 5 mile run. The run is the unofficial kickoff of spring running season and the streets were filled with people decked out in the St. Patrick’s Day attire, ready to run.

Some BC Alumni before the 5 miler

Some BC Alumni before the 5 miler

After the race (spoiler: I got a PR and finished in 41:15:55), we headed to the Harp for brunch with some fellow Boston College alumni who had also run the event.

When at an Irish restaurant / bar .... I got a "black velvet" - half guinness, half cider

When at an Irish restaurant / bar …. I got a “black velvet” – half guinness, half cider

After brunch

After brunch

Then, it was time for our normal Saturday morning activities. B and I got in some shopping at the West Side Market and some tea and coffee in Hingtetown before returning back to our apartment for a much needed catnap.

back at the market!

back at the market!

Saturday night, B and I had plans with his parents – we were going to grab dinner, drinks and a show at Great Lakes Theater. Confession – I have a theater that is directly in the building where I live and I haven’t seen a show there since moving here. Thankfully, that’s changed.

The show playbill - Dial M for Murder!

The show playbill – Dial M for Murder!

After the show, B and I decided to grab some after-dinner drinks and watch some basketball before calling it a night. I enjoyed a flight of beer, a side salad and popcorn – the perfect midnight (literally) snack!


Sunday morning I had to wake up early and be productive – I had work to catch up on, blogging, meal prep, an easy workout, laundry and a few other things that needed to get done before dinner with B’s family.

Thankfully, I got most of it done and even had time to get in a short walk in the nice (chilly but sunny) weather before a St. Patrick’s themed dinner with B’s family (corned beef, shamrock shaped ravioli and ice cream with Irish Cream. yum!).

scenes from our walk

scenes from our walk

Spring has to be on its way, huh? Geese and melting ice!

Spring has to be on its way, huh? Geese and melting ice!

How was your weekend?

Some questions for you:

  • How do you motivate yourself when you need to be productive on the weekends? I hate setting an alarm on my days off but sometimes it has to be done. I try to give myself an incentive – like I can work with the TV on if my laundry is on, or I’ll bring some work reading to the gym so I can at least use the elliptical at the same time. I also make a killer snack mix – peanuts, white chocolate chips, craisins and sometimes other goodies to keep me fueled if I’m working during the day.
  • Did you get outside to run this weekend? Hopefully you’re enjoying the weather too!
  • Have you seen Dial M for Murder? B and I had seen the movie and now we’ve seen

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