Weekend Recap: East Coast Edition

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope that you had a lovely Memorial Day and long weekend. Did you get in a long run? Rest and barbecue? Head to the beach? We were so fortunate to be able to travel home to the East Coast/Philadelphia area to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday and for some much needed family time for the holiday.

We managed to squeeze a lot of fun in in just 55 hours! Here are some quick photos and favorite memories from our weekend back East:


We flew out of San Diego on Friday evening after a day at work. Such pretty views of our city from the window seat! We can “see” our house from here. 🙂


On Saturday morning, we landed at midnight and got a few hours of sleep before heading off for a quick hike and catch-up session with my sweet mom. She took me to a new trail I had never seen before.


After the hike, Chad and I stopped at our beloved WAWA for lunch. If you know, you know. 🙂






Later that afternoon, we drove up to South Philadelphia (one of my favorite places in the world!) to meet my dad’s side of the family and celebrate his 50th birthday at a Phillies game — this was the main purpose for the trip!

On Sunday morning, we had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures. I met up with my friends Abby and Taylor (and their sweet baby boys) for a very early morning coffee date. Kaleb is brand new and adorable and I can’t believe how fast Luka is growing and how full of personality he is. It is really beautiful to watch your friends become mamas. Thanks so much for meeting me, ladies – let’s start planning that September race!

A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.:

Later that morning, we met up with two of the greatest friends we could ask for, Matt and Gwen. We got to visit the new church that they’ve found and caught up over amazing lunch and ice cream. We could talk to them forever and it was so hard to say goodbye. Until next time, guys!


We lucked out that my cousin Brendan was having his graduation party the same weekend that we would be home for my dad’s birthday — it meant that we got to see everyone on both sides of my family! It is always hard to say goodbye.

Chad’s parents woke up bright and early to take us back to the airport on Sunday morning. I was bummed that we didn’t get to spend more time with them but the 2-hour drive to and from the airport allowed for plenty of time to catch up!


We flew back on Sunday, picked up our dog (missed him!), and went out to lunch before catching up on laundry and groceries to get ready for the week.


AMAZING vegan (tofu) pad thai and leftovers for dinner – yay for not needing to cook on a travel day!


Chad has fallen in love with the local vegan restaurant’s oatmeal cream pie. We had to stop by after lunch and split one.


I ran some errands, got groceries, meal prepped and picked up these goodies for the week ahead. While I’m sad that our mini-vacation is over, I’m jumping for joy because this week is RACE WEEK! Rock N’ Roll San Diego is on Sunday and I am going for a sub-2 PR.

Are you racing this weekend?

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Have a wonderful 4-day work week and good luck adjusting back to reality after the long weekend!

Nothing messes up your Friday like finding out its only Tuesday:




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