French toast, hot chocolate, wine, a long run, ice cream, quality time with a wonderful friend… Yesterday was a jam-packed, fabulous day!
It began with a filling French toast breakfast topped with syrup and fresh blackberries.
I let myself digest breakfast for a solid 90 minutes before changing into running clothes and leashing up Sadie for a nine mile run.
I wasn’t in the mood to run at all when I first awoke, but within five minutes of hitting the pavement, I fell into a solid groove and knocked out nine miles in one hour and 22 minutes (9:11 minute mile pace).
I know this may not be super speedy for some, but I was pretty pleased with my pace and finished the run feeling amped! I honestly felt like I could’ve kept going which was a great feeling since January’s half marathon is quickly creeping up on me!
The weather was rather chilly but not cold enough for a running jacket, so I wore my new lululemon run swiftly long sleeve top that I was asked to review and it kept me warm but didn’t make me feel overheated.
It would make a fantastic layering top for cold-weather runners because it’s nice and streamlined. I loved the longer length and seamless sweat-wicking fabric. And you know lululemon’s clothing is always flattering and super cute. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything heathered!
Running nine miles didn’t phase Sadie in the least and she ran around my parents’ condo after our run, making me look like a pansy as I immediately plopped myself on the floor to stretch.
Once I peeled myself off the floor, I took a glorious shower and emerged with a grumbling stomach. My mom came through in the clutch and made sloppy joes for everyone to enjoy for lunch and I filled my plate. Yum!
Bridesmaid Dress Shopping
Immediately after lunch, Ryan and I drove out to the Town Center shops because I had a hot date with my friend Minda!
Ryan ran some errands while I met up with Minda at BCBG for a fun afternoon of bridesmaid dress shopping!
Minda and her wonderful fiancé Clark are getting married over Labor Day weekend St. Augustine next year and I feel honored to be a part of their big day. Minda and Clark actually dated waaay back in middle school and then reunited after college. They have some of the cutest pictures together from when they were little tykes.
Minda selected stunning floor-length orange gowns from BCBG for her bridesmaids to wear and I bought mine yesterday after trying it on and receiving a thumbs up from the bride-to-be!
Now I need to find some strappy gold heels!
Dress shopping didn’t take too long and Minda and I weren’t ready to say goodbye when we were done! Since we had more catching up to do, we headed to Starbucks where we met up with Ryan and sipped hot drinks for well over an hour. It was so good to see her again!
Ryan and I made it back to my parents’ condo in time to change and walk out to the beach for evening playtime with Sadie.
When we came back inside, it was time for cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres!
We snacked on lots of cheese, prosciutto and crackers before sitting down to a wonderful grouper dinner!
And my all-time favorite chocolate marshmallow ice cream for dessert!
Now I’m off to enjoy a Christmas Eve family brunch.
Merry Christmas Eve, my friends!