Yup, that pretty much sums up my weekend. STL Bloggers, Run, Kids, Food. All of which are marvelous – just in time for Katie’s Marvelous Monday!
Here’s a play-by-play of my marvelous weekend:
Friday night: Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer, Kara from Pocket Ranger, and I met for the first time. We’re all St. Louis bloggers and were finally able to connect. We’re hoping to grow our group and network with other bloggers in the area. The evening began at Barcelona - a wonderful tapas restaurant with outdoor seating which we took full advantage of since it was so nice out.
We cheers-ed to finally meeting and ordered a variety of tapas including salmon, chicken, meatballs, broccolini, spinach and chickpeas. The small portions were perfect for sharing and tasting. After dinner, we decided to continue the fun at most bloggers’ favorite spot: a local frozen yogurt joint.
My cup was obviously overflowing with cake flavors and sprinkles. Courtney told me she thought she got a lot… until she saw mine. #sorryimnotsorry We went to Orange Leaf which I had never been to before. I absolutely loved all of the flavors I chose: cheesecake, wedding cake, oreo cookie cake, and white chocolate strawberry. I may even say these were my favorite froyo flavors ever – which is saying a lot! The funniest part of all was when we told the guy working that we were all healthy living bloggers, as we held our overflowing cups of goodness. Hey, itz all about moderation (most of the time!). All in all, it was a marvelous night!
All that froyo was well deserved because I woke up on Saturday morning, bright and early, to run with my trainer and the usual two guys. We covered 9 miles.
I couldn’t be happier with the time! We averaged an 8:33 pace. I definitely had to push myself in order to keep up with the guys, but I did it and left with a marvelous feeling of accomplishment.
After running I went straight to pick up my nephew Jacob to take him to soccer practice. He’s three and it was kind of the cutest thing ever. I went home, showered, and later picked up Jacob and my niece Audrey. We spent the day together playing Candyland, riding bikes, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
My baby lovin’ didn’t end there. Saturday night was spent with my good friend Whitney and her baby Ainsley. We had a marvelous evening. Whitney cooked a delicious dinner and we had some quality girl time.
How cute are the kiddies?? (And Whitney!) Sunday started off with a one-mile warm up jog followed by a bootcamp class at the gym. I find it difficult to maintain strength training during my half-marathon schedule, so I value any time I can get lifting weights. Later in the day I went grocery shopping, and then it was food prep time.
Left: Three huge portions of rainbow salad for a few lunches this week.
Middle: Baked chicken breasts for lunches and dinners.
Nothing like having lots of good, healthy food prepared for the week! Certainly a marvelous feeling. That was my weekend in a nutshell. Tell me about yours! What was the most marvelous part?