Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

I'd been to Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe several years ago so I was looking forward to trying the yummy food again for a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event.

Our event was held upstairs and we had lots of yummy food!

Chinois Salad

Sushi!  California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Rainbow Roll and there was a Shrimp Tempura Roll too.

Miso Glazed Salmon--I think this was my favorite thing of the night!

Sauteed Sea Scallops

BBQ  Chicken Pizza and Italian Sausage Pizza (not shown--Margarita pizza).  I loved that there wasn't a lot of red sauce and there were huge chunks of ricotta cheese on Italian Sausage one!

Yummy dessert trio!

It was a great night full of food and fun!

*FTC Disclosure:  I was provided complimentary food and drinks but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Weekly Recap- October 12-18, 2015

My brother got married this week!


Faith and I wanted to do some more sight seeing in Chicago so we headed to the Navy Pier.  This is one of my fav pics of us.

We walked 2 miles on the lakefront trail.

And hit up the Lincoln Park Zoo where we had lunch at The Patio with Stephanie.

Then we caught our Southwest flight back home.  Sad to leave the city but excited to see our families.


I got my Stridebox in.

It had:
~Skout- Trail Bar- Blueberry & Almond
~Accel Gel- Rapid Energy Gel- Strawberry Kiwi
~Sport Beans- Protein Recovery Crisps
~Healthy Island- Bony Acai & Noni To Go
~Bell Plantation- PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter & PB Thins
~Manitoba Harvest- Hemp Pro 70- Protein Powder
~Brave Soldier Performance Skincare- Antiseptic Ointment


I attended a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event at Wolfgang Puck.  Yum!


Drove home to Orange Park.


I got my nails done at Cosmo Nail Bar with Lindsay and some other bridesmaids (and my mom and grandma).

Then we had yummy burgers and fries at M Shack.

It was wedding rehearsal time!

The TPC (The Players Championship) golf course was such a pretty location!

The rehearsal dinner was held at Roy's.

We headed back to the hotel bar after.


It was wedding day!!

We had a surprise birthday party for my grandma at the restaurant at the hotel.  Arie from the Bachelorette (Emily's season) was there for a bachelor party and you know I'm a fangirl.

All the girls got ready for the wedding in the TPC locker room.

Soon it was ceremony time!  The location was gorgeous!!

It was party time!!

It was such a beautiful wedding and I'm so excited to get another sister-in-law!

Sunday--10 miles in 2:03:09  Long run between the marathons. Did 2 miles then 3;1s. Had a great time stopping to look at the house completely decked out in Halloween decorations!!! Mile 1: 10:47, Mile 2: 10:33, Mile 3: 11:33, Mile 4: 12:44, Mile 5: 12:06, Mile 6: 12:44, Mile 7: 11:57, Mile 8: 14:17, Mile 9: 14:58, Mile 10: 11:31, Average Pace: 12:19

We had lunch at my parents' house before driving back home so I could get in a run.  My last one before Marine Corps Marathon!

Total miles this week: 10
Total miles in 2015: 737.56
Total miles: 2344

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1812.21

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Weekly Recap- October 5-11, 2015

I can't believe the Chicago Marathon is over!  It was rough and I'm still hurting.  Pretty worried about Marine Corps Marathon in a week and a half.  It seemed like a good idea at the time!


We won softball.


Dad and I tried out High Tide Harry's.  It had yummy seafood.



Beth and Paul were in town so we met up at the ESPN Club for dinner.


It was time to fly to Chicago!  Faith and I took a trip on United up there.

The airport was pretty neat.  They even had this huge sign of runners in front that's up all year long.

We ate dinner at Portillo's.  I had to try the Chicago dog--mustard, relish, onions, a full slice of pickle on a poppy seed bun (I kept the peppers and tomatoes off).  It and the cheese fries were delish!

Then we headed to Faith's friend Stephanie's house (where we were staying for the weekend).


We got up and headed to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Expo!!  We met up with Olivia and Jeff at the end.

We picked up our race bib and shirt.

I did lots of shopping!

This is a pic of Faith's shoe, but I have a pair coming to me for Christmas!

Then we met up with Stephanie, her boyfriend James and her roommate and walked around Millennium Park some and saw the Bean.

We went to Berghoff Bar where I had a pretzel literally the size of my head!

We headed back home to rest up for the race the next day.

Sunday--Chicago Marathon  26.2 miles in 5:04:38  Neither my Runkeeper nor Garmin liked the tunnel or the buildings in Chicago and so my mileage and splits are way off.

It was a rough race.  It was a lot hotter than we were expecting and my legs and feet were killing me.  I'm still a little sore and my knee is still bothering me.  I was hoping for a sub 5 but it was still a great race!  The crowd support was simply amazing--there wasn't a single section where there wasn't people cheering the runners on.  I gave so many high fives and laughed at so many signs--it really kept me going.  And I used a new app called Motigo where friends & family can leave you messages and it plays through your headphones at certain miles.  It was so nice to hear them and helped push me through!

We headed to the Nike store for the after party and to pic up a Finisher's shirt.

Then went back to Olivia & Jeff's hotel to shower before going to Lou Malnati's to meet a large group for a celebratory dinner.

Total miles this week: 26.2
Total miles in 2015: 727.56
Total miles: 2334

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1781.98

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Weekly Recap- September 28-October 4, 2015

Maybe I should make my recaps a Tuesday thing..especially since I  already know next week's won't be done until Tuesday!  But it's Chicago Marathon week!  So excited and so nervous!


We lost in softball :(

But it was GMR pride day.  It was fun to see so many pictures of the Ride!!

I got my Chicago Marathon Participant Guide in the mail! It's getting so real!


I went to Magical Dining Month at Smiling Bison with some friends.  Another great meal!


Cori and I hit up Food & Wine

And then we attended the Disney Parks Blog 20th Anniversary Food & Wine meetup!  It was so much fun!

Thursday--3 miles in 37:38 Marathons training week 16 day 1. Ran with the girls! Mile 1: 11:54, Mile 2: 13:34, Mile 3: 12:09, Average Pace: 12:32.  We stopped to look at some Halloween lights!

Friday--3 miles in 33:23  Marathons training week 16 day 2. Mile 1: 10:47, Mile 2: 10:23, Mile 3: 12:10, Average Pace: 11:07


I got the chance to go to the UF vs Ole Miss game with Heather and Brian.  Ole Miss was ranked #3 and we were #25.  I was really thinking that we wouldn't win.  But we dominated!!

Sunday--8 miles in 1:31:36 Marathons training week 16 day 3. Last run before the marathon!! Ran 3 miles then did 3:1s. Mile 1: 10:58, Mile 2: 10:40, Mile 3: 10:40, Mile 4: 12:23, Mile 5: 11:55, Mile 6: 12:00, Mile 7: 12:14, Mile 8: 10:48, Average Pace: 11:27

Kory and I went to see The Scorch Trials and then went over to check out the new Hangar Bar.

We ate at Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner date night!

Total miles this week: 14
Total miles in 2015: 701.36
Total miles: 2307.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1742.78

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekly Recap- September 21-27, 2015

I'm late again!  And it was a pretty low-key week


We won our softball game.

Tuesday--5 miles in 54:49  Marathons training Week 15 day 1. Walked 1 min at miles 3 & 4. Mile 1: 10:47, Mile 2: 10:41, Mile 3: 10:46, Mile 4: 11:13, Mile 5: 11:21, Average Pace: 10:58



Friday--3 miles in 33:02  Marathons training week 15 day 2. Mile 1: 11:08, Mile 2: 10:46, Mile 3: 11:01, Average Pace: 10:58

I went to magical dining month at Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal with Kelly, Ron and Kacie.   It was yummy!


I went to watch one of my first graders cheer at her game then ran errands with Cori.  We had a delicious lunch at BB Junction.

We also got bundtinis at my new favorite place, Nothing Bundt Cakes.  I can't wait until they open one up just a little closer!

I watched the first half of the Gators game at Faith's house then we all went over to another MRTT friend's house for a get together and I watched the very stressful ending to a Gator win over Tennessee.

Sunday--20 miles in 3:50:27  Marathons training week 15 day 3. Ran 3 miles the did 3:1s. Treadmill run

Yes, it was a treadmill run but my pace was 2 minutes per mile better than last time so I'm happier.  And it really wasn't that bad.  I watched 8 episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and talked to Faith the whole time.

Kory and I went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  We go every year and I love it--adults can trick or treat, the Boo to You Parade is great (although it was rainy so the Headless Horseman didn't ride this night) and the Hallowishes fireworks are my favorite ones out of all the current ones!

Total miles this week: 28
Total miles in 2015: 687.36
Total miles: 2293.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1714.68