weekend wrap up

Weekend wrap up in pics…mostly…

Happy Monday, y’all!  How was your weekend?!

Mine was great.

I started out my Friday with 8 miles after work.  I was truly chasing daylight to get this one done and I wouldn’t change a thing about this run.  Ok, maybe the pit stop I had to take in the woods to pee at mile 6, but other than that, it was perfect.  Splits were: 9:54, 9:52, 9:56, 9:33, 9:26, 9:24, 9:12, 8:54!  And…I got to capture this picture when I finished.


Saturday I spent the day in the city with my family.  It’s amazing what a train ride, some shopping, and AMAZING food can do for the soul.  AND I got to meet one the amazing John Colleta of Quartino in Chicago which is one of our FAVORITE places to eat in Chicago.  WINNING.

Short rib tacos from The Grand Lux Café in Chicago-YUM!
Short rib tacos from The Grand Lux Café in Chicago-YUM!
Chef John Colleta of Quartino took the time not only come out and greet us, but he made us a complimentary pizza!!!
The best pizza I've ever eaten.  Ever.  LOL
The best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Ever. LOL

Sunday was a quiet day filled with football watching, cooking, and one last run to wrap up the week.


The pic doesn't do this meal justice, as my daughter said she LOVED the sweet potato puree!
The pic doesn’t do this meal justice, as my daughter said she LOVED the sweet potato puree!

It felt great to regroup over the last few months, and I really feel like I am getting back to ‘me’ again.  Despite a rough summer, I can happily say I am continually movin’ forward and it feels great.

How was your week?  Do you ever do touristy things where you live?  What’s your favorite cuisine?

Have a wonderful week!!!

❤ Michelle

food, Three things

Three Things Thursday

1. I was tagged to participate in a pretty fun post, but will have to work on that this weekend. HAHA, way to keep you hanging, right?

I did however get THIS cool notification after just over a year of having my blog on WP.  🙂 A HUGE thank you to those who have taken the time to like, comment, and engage with my quirky little place in the world.  Mad love to you all!


2. After working 6 days in a row I realllllllllllllllllly wanted to come home and put my jammies on and…NOT. MOVE. But after work I picked up my youngest and ran a couple errands.  I knew once arriving home I would HAVE to change in to my running clothes and hop on the mill.  I texted my friend Maria, as we had another virtual running date, and got ready.  She was running a little late, so I started on my own.  Just after hitting the one mile mark (2 miles on deck) I really wanted to give up.  My legs were sore after my run Tuesday and I found myself questioning if I’d be ready for marathon training in just ONE month after nearly a month without a single run.  My legs were SORE from a 2 mile run…really?  But then I got this text…and I knew I could do this.  No quitting.  (Thanks, Maria…truly!)

YAY for friends!
YAY for friends!


3. I admittedly haven’t cooked at all since I’ve been on single Mom duty this week.  The kids are happy with left over, sammiches, and breakfast for dinner so it’s been pretty easy.  Tonight after my run I decided to make an easy homemade pizza with a little help from the store.  My friend Kristina from @Life laugh love run asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d share with you all!

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil-set aside while you get your ingredients ready!

1 package of corn tortilla/gluten free tortilla/wrappers

1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce.  I am lucky to have an amazing Italian market just 1/2 mile away that makes their own homemade sauce that is totally organic/preservative free!

Your favorite toppings!  Here are some of mine:

1 pepper, diced

Several mushrooms, sliced


1 package of lean/low fat/low sodium pepperoni.  I get mine again, from my amazing grocery store so I know it’s “good” for my family.


Mozzarella cheese (I only use a little as dairy and I aren’t friends)

Line the cookie sheet with the tortillas, making sure NOT to overlap.  Take 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce, and spread evenly over the tortilla.  Add your veggies next, then the pepperoni.  Sprinkle lightly with the cheese, and season with basil and oregano.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

easy, quick, and healthy!  Can't go wrong!
easy, quick, and healthy! Can’t go wrong!


Have you struggled with winter running or injury?  How do you get past the struggle?  What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?

Keep Movin’ forward, y’all!

❤ Michelle