Goodbye, Downtown Running

This week marked a bittersweet week of running. Why is that? Because it was my last week of running as a downtown Clevelander.

We are moving to the BURBS! We’ll have a house and new running paths and trails and more areas to explore, but I’m going to miss a few things about my downtown running life:

  • Being so close to the running of the bridges – it’s so nice to “run the bridges” either by myself (it’s a 4-5 mi loop depending on what route I take) or with the organized group
  • Being able to run to the flats, the river, the lake, etc.
  • Having a gym in my apartment building for those days when I can’t/don’t wanna get outside – this means a treadmill AND elliptical for the non-running days
  • Being walking distance to SO MANY races (including the Cleveland Marathon!)

So, how did this week hold up? I got in 20+ miles finally – I’m still feeling slow and a little off, but my mileage was back up!

This week’s total: ~27 miles. 

Here’s a scene from my last run across the bridges on Saturday:

And my last picture with FW in the apartment after a run:

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have a gym in your building or a treadmill or elliptical you use?
  • Those of you who live in the suburbs – what do you like about running around your neighborhoods?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

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My Weekend – One Sentence Per Photo Style

Friday night breakfast for dinner.

Saturday morning run; first outdoor run in more than 2 weeks.

Saturdays in the ‘burbs while Daddy works on the house. 

Saturday night dinners with friends.

Friends who know how to cook amazing meals = bonus.

Sweet potatoes for snack on a Sunday (say that 10x fast).

Couldn’t fit the stroller in the car so we didn’t leave downtown.

Selfies in the park!

Ending the weekend with a summery dinner.

An evening walk with the sick kid.

It was a beautiful evening!

Some questions for you:

  • Did you spend some time outside this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite summery meal?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Spending As Much Time Outside As Possible

After a pretty muggy and rainy week in Cleveland, we finally had some sunny weather and a beautiful weekend. Which meant we got to spend some time outside and enjoy some easy summer days.

The weekend started off with some playground time. FW loves swinging! And he’s started really moving – he was crawling all over the slides and other equipment.

After the playground, we decided to stop by the Tremont Walkabout, a local art walk.

FW liked the bubbles! 

And since we were in the neighborhood, we grabbed some slices at Edison’s. There was much pepperoni on the pizza!

And right across the street from Edison’s is Tremont Scoops. So naturally, I had a scoop of their Buckeye Blitz ice cream. Peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chunks and mini buckeyes. Yummmmm

Saturday morning started early- we headed over to the house to do some things. We had plans to go out for breakfast, but were running late. So instead, we decided to walk to lunch. I had a half summer salad, half BLT and it came with a side of quinoa. It was great! AND FW slept the entire time while B and I ate. 

Afterwards, it was time for my Ladies Craft Beer Society! For a refresher, once a month I get together with some lady friends and we all do a craft while drinking a craft beer. This month’s craft was sugar body scrubs, and our craft beer theme was summery, citrus beers. I can’t wait to try out the body scrub!

At night, B had plans to go to see the World Cup qualifying game that was playing downtown, so I was babysitting FW. We had some fun before he went to bed.

Sunday morning, B, FW and I took a walk. My hip/butt/something is still hurting so I’m trying to take it easy, but I wanted to go for a walk to see how it felt and get outside. After the walk, we decided to hit the beach!

FW wasn’t realllllly into it.

We then hit up one of my favorites, Boaz, for a quick lunch. Give me all of the baba and quinoa and picked turnips! YUM.

That night,  we enjoyed spending time with B’s family for Sunday night dinner.  And we ended our meal with ice cream sundaes – fitting for National Ice Cream Day!

Any weekend that includes ice cream twice is great in my book!

Questions for you:

  • Did you celebrate Ice Cream Day this weekend?
  • How’s your weather been lately?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Scenes from a July Weekend in Cleveland 

Wow, the weekend flew by. Guess when your last weekend was 5 days, 2 days seems too fast!

This weekend included some walks,  runs and working on our new house!!! (More to come on that)

Some of the highlights:

Finding these old newspapers. When your house is built in the 1920s, I guess you’ll find some cool things,  including newspapers from the 1950s.

Going for walks with this dude.  I am loving our BOB stroller,  it takes bumpy sidewalks so well!!

There were also sweet cherries this weekend. Northwest Cherry Growers sent me a lot of cherries to try out, and I mean LOTS of cherries. Which meant removing lots of pits and stems. Thankfully B didn’t mind 😁

Walks with Grandma. FW still isn’t walking on his own,  but he’s close. 

Pizza. Yes we have pizza pretty much every weekend.

Runs and hugs with this guy. This photo was taken before I threw my back out, so I don’t know how much running I will be doing this week. 

More cherries. So of course my weekend included some baking. These cherry pie bars didn’t come out looking that great, but they were a great dessert for Sunday dinner with B’s family.

And I still have more cherries left! Any suggestions on what else to bake?

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever thrown out your back? How long did it take to heal?
  •  What should we do with all these cherries?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

It’s time for a (nearly) Wordless Wednesday post. This time, I’m sharing a few photos from our long Fourth of July weekend. We had Monday off and my parents were in town, so it made for a really amazing fun and family filled weekend. Here are some photos of our fun, with as few words as possible:

Friday night=homemade pizza night

Grandpa reading to FW

French toast to start our Saturday!

And a fast (for me) four miler.

Standing up – almost ready to walk!

Momma and me

And of course, my Dad

Selfies after a walk

Just glassin’ 

Stroller run

Learning to walk with Daddy

Hope you had a great Fourth of July!! Here’s to a SHORT week.

Some questions for you:

  • Did you see some fireworks this year?
  • Get in any runs during your long weekend?

June Running in Review

Where has June gone?! All in all, June has been a pretty good month for me for running. I have gotten in more than 100 miles, including one 5k race! My goals for the month were to run 5 days a week, including 2 outdoor runs, and while I haven’t been able to consistently get in 2 outdoor runs each week, I have gotten in 6 days of running each week and at least 23 miles.

This week’s total was 33.46 miles!

 Some of the highlights:

  • 2 outdoor runs! I got out Sunday and Saturday, while B was able to watch FW.
  • I ran every day this week.
  • I got in some great beach views on my run Saturday. The lake is looking pretty nice right now!

Some questions for you:

  • How would you rate your June in running?
  • Any tips for getting in more outdoor runs with a baby?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

The Best of Summer

What do I love about summer? Hmm … that’s easy. Being outside. Running outside. Drinking beers outside. Going for walks outside. Sipping cocktails outside. You get the idea – being outside. Laying in the sun outside.

And this weekend, I had plenty of outside time. So in my opinion, it was pretty great!

It started off with patio cocktails / happy hour with some of my lady friends. It was just warm enough to sit outside and we all ended up getting Rose Spritzers. Girly? Yes and it was just what I needed.

For dinner, B and I got Indian food takeout. It was SO good. Naan and second helpings not pictured.

Saturday morning, we had plans to do a local 5k race. B ran the whole thing with FW in the stroller and I ran with him. FW slept the entire time 🙂

We ran the race with B’s family – look how many of us there were! And 5 of them – including all the kids – ended up getting age group awards.

The race featured pancakes after the the run. Not a bad post-race meal 🙂

After the race, we hit the West Side Market for some groceries.

The afternoon included some errands, including shopping for some summer clothes for FW … but on the way back, we were able to grab a patio beer at Goldhorn Brewery. 

After drinks, we hit the grocery store for pizza supplies. And while we were there, we grabbed some delicious mussels as an appetizer.

And then it was pizza night. Obligatory homemade pizza photo not included. We also then watched War Dogs, which was much different (and better!) than I had expected.

Sunday morning started early with FW waking up at the crack of dawn and not being able to go back to sleep. So we decided to get out and go for a run at the park.

And sit by the beach for a little bit.

Then it was time for DONUTS! We had missed National Donut Day, so we figured a belated celebration was better than never!

That afternoon, I did a little baking for the first time in  … well, forever! I made a peach cobbler-type cake for a dinner with our friends.

And that evening, we headed to Dave and Anson’s house for a dinner with them, Joey and Lulu and some other friends who were in town. It’s crazy that it’s no longer just the couples – there were four kids there, too! It was fun to have Francis play with their kids.

And the boys were happy to get together – they all met at law school and have stayed friends since! 

And that was it for a fun-filled summery weekend.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you stay in touch with your friends from school?
  • What was the last thing you baked?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.