Last Day Of Vacation

You know those times when you feel like you need a vacation when you come home from a vacation?  I think Zach and I are suffering from that a bit this morning.

Our travels and flight yesterday were all without issue.  We made it back to Denver a little after 6 PM,  did some quick grocery shopping, picked up the LOUD pup, and then headed home for a healthy salad dinner and bad.



I think we made it back to the apartment by 830ish, and had dinner by 845.  Waste no time.

We were in bed around 11 PM, but like I mentioned, did NOT feel fully rested by out 730 wake up call.

Thankfully, I had some fun plans this morning that inspired me to quickly get out of bed.   I jumped out of bed and headed to the treadmill, planning to get in 4, but had a similar feeling to what I experienced the day BEFORE we left for vacation, so I choose to cut the run short at a 5k.

I met up with one of my oldest friends who was in town for the holiday, Ms. Jessica 🙂 for brunch at Paris on the Platte.



(Jess is the pretty lady to the right)

I was so wrapped up in fun and conversation that I didn’t take any pictures, but I had a veggie omelet and fruit that totally hit the spot.

I walked her back to her hotel, figuring I could use a few extra miles to make up for what I missed out on my run.  It works itself out, right?  3 miles of walking is DEFINITELY greater than .9 miles running.  At least for someone who isn’t feeling 100%.

And now, it’s more coffee, football, and relaxing/taking it easy for this lady this Sunday.  And I am happy about that!

Thank you everyone for all the Thanksgiving love I’ve gotten this weekend :).  Chocolate Medals will be back to normal business tomorrow, I promise 🙂

5 Miles Equals a Great Date Night

One thing I really love about having my blog is that it holds me accountable.

I asked you yesterday to make sure that I ran my second weekday run outdoors.  No treadmill for this lady.

Well today, I  moved around my work outs while the weather and my schedule was open and squeezed that outdoor run in.  I didn’t want to disappoint you guys, or myself.  So let’s all have a big collective high five here!

Workout of the Day:  5, hilly, outdoor miles.

A tough, but beautiful run.


I left directly from my office, and ran up to Crown Hill Park.


When I say up, I mean up.  Literally, all uphill for about 1.5 miles until I hit the park.

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The park has a trail that loops around a lake with absolutely BEAUTIFUL mountain views. It was a little under a mile and a half of breath taking views that made the run up hill totally worth it.

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Knowing that this park is less than 2 miles from my office makes me thing this loop could be a regular occurrence.


5 incredibly hilly miles done at under a 930 pace.  I am OK with that considering the speed work I had yesterday.

I may have been so speedy because I had inspiration at the end of the line.


That’s right.  Zach was waiting for me to finish at our favorite local spot:  Denver Brew Co.  I enjoyed a seasonal peach ale that hit the spot after a warm 5 miles.


Who am I kidding?  Zach was willing to be seen in public with me after a baby wipe bath.  That is true love.

We finished our pre dinner brews then headed to a great local Paris On The Platte, just a few blocks down from Brew Co.

I started out with a Malbec, to continue the date night fun and celebration of completing my afternoon run.

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Zach and I have been to Paris multiple times and always love it.  Tonight was our first time sitting in the back bar — and we really enjoyed it.  It had a very speak-easy vibe to it that we appreciate.



We started out meal with a greek salad that we shared


And for my entree I went with the club and a side of fruit, with mustard in stead of mayo.


The sandwich was huge (and yes, I’ve had sandwiches for dinner 3 days in a row now.  Not the healthiest options, but it’s all about balance), but I got dinner and now Zach gets a lunch out of the deal.  Win – win.

Overall it was a perfect afternoon, and perfect date night.  And I didn’t even have to shower (I know, that’s gross).

Question of the Night:  Have you ever gone out post work out with out showering?

Umm…too many times.