What I’ve Been Up To & Another 13.1 PR!

Happy Monday! I’ve been MIA for a few days, but for good reason!

This weekend I had my second bridal shower and also celebrated my bachelorette party!

My weekend started Thursday night when one of my best friends, Jordan, arrived from North Carolina.  She arrived around 10:30, we chatted for an hour or so, and then went to bed because we had 13.1 miles planned for Friday morning! Jordan is my “long distance” running buddy, and she has been my encouragement throughout my marathon training.  I was a little nervous for this run because I haven’t ran with someone in over a year, crazy huh!?

Friday morning we woke up, talked over coffee, had something small to eat, and then got ready to head out for our run.  Before we started, Jordan asked me if I had any goals, and we decided we wanted to finish in under 2 hours. As you may or may not know, I recently ran 13.1 miles in under 2 hours, so I had my heart set on beating my previous PR. We ran the first couple miles a little faster than I had wanted to (under 9 minute miles), and I knew we needed to slow down a tiny bit if I wanted to finish the run strong.  Luckily, Jordan and I are very similar runners so it was easy for both of us to keep the same pace as each other.  I warned Jordan that I probably wouldn’t be talking very much during the run, but we actually ended up talking a lot more than I expected! It was sooo nice to have Jordan with me during this run to push me and for encouragement.

We ran 3.11 miles in 1:59:37! We were pretty proud of ourselves, and rewarded ourselves with a trip to Panera for a cold smoothie Smile

Saturday morning we had a 6:30 am wake up call so we could shower and get ready to head to Toledo (2 hour drive) for my shower and bachelorette party! I was soo excited to see my friends and family that I don’t get to see very often.

Me with my best friends from college, Jordan and Amanda

Keri & I have been friends since we were in diapers Smile

I didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures during the shower, but we had sandwiches and salads, and for dessert we had delicious cupcakes!

After the shower, my bridesmaids and I met at a restaurant called Poco Piatti for appetizers and sangria!

Me with all my bridesmaids, minus one

We then headed to the nail salon for pedicures.  It has been almost a year since my last pedicure, so it was much needed! I had to warn the lady that I’m a runner and that my feet were pretty disgusting, but she did a pretty good job nonetheless!

After we were done with nails, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for night.  I got to open more fun (some inappropriate) presents.

We then headed to dinner and then went for drinks and dancing! Oh, and of course FRO YO!

Me with some of my cousins!

Me with one of my sisters and 2 of my sister-in-laws!

This whole weekend was the most fun I have had in a long time.  I feel SO blessed to have so many great people in my life.  It really stinks that everyone lives in different cities and states, but it makes the time we do get to spend together that much more special! I am even more excited for our wedding…less than 8 weeks to go, woo hoo!

Now it is back to reality. Hope everyone haves a great Monday!

What did you do this weekend?

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