Monday Musings: Another Amazing New England Weekend

Living in New England in the Summer leads to amazing opportunities and glorious scenery. This past weekend highlighted Portland, Maine, where my BFF and her family lives.

I kicked Friday off by attending my weekly Weight Watchers meeting before heading out for a morning run.

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I was psyched to test out my newest pair of Asics GT-2000s. Can you see them or are they too subtle? ;)


These sweet beauties were paired with my new obsession - the New Balance Momentum Raceback Tank!


It is light and airy - just how a running tank should be.

After stopping by Sports Authority to pick up GUs and Boy Glide for the wife, it was time for a relaxing walk with my friend Susan and a hunt for the perfect birthday gift for my niece Joanna.

The goal of the gift was to balance something loud and noisy with educational ... and thankfully Target was there to save me! :)

Friday night was perfect: Boboli pizza, Door County Peninsula Winery Sunset Splash wine, Orange is The New Black Season 2 and snuggling in bed with the wife and pups.


Find this wine glass here!

It was a great day of activity and relaxation.

We had to be up early on Saturday to see the dogs off. They were spending the weekend at the Cape with my parents as we headed to Maine.

After bidding adieu to the pups as they gleefully headed out the door with my parents, the wife and I took advantage of the morning to walk to Dunkin Donuts.

I really wanted to hit 10k steps on my Fitbit before getting in the car for Portland, so I jumped on the bike trainer. I know I needed a decent ride in before the half marathon on Sunday so I told myself I would stay on the bike trainer for an hour.

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It was an absolute sweatfest, which I actually enjoyed. :) I think the bike is growing on me.

I enjoyed a yummy Weight Watchers smoothie as recovery since I was out of Chocolate Milk. Fail on my part I know.

We stopped by the grocery store to stock up on healthy snacks to bring to the birthday BBQ we were headed to before heading to the highway.

Aannddd traffic!

Oh the downside of living in New England in the summer. :P

While traffic is thoroughly boring, the wife and I enjoyed some Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on the radio and just thought about the fun we would have once we made it to Portland.

We decided to head straight to the Old Port Half Marathon Expo to pick up our bib and swag.

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I want to thank the Race Director Erick Boucher for the race entry and swag. I will share my full race recap in a separate post.

The Expo was actually outside on a pier with a band and beer (for sale). The Maine folk know how to throw an Expo party. ;)

Once our swag was collected and our beer wristbands acquired, it was time for a certain 2-year olds birthday party.

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Happy to report that Joanna loved the baby laptop and her parents loved the noises it made. :)

It was great to be with friends and this little lady for the afternoon.

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With a 5am wakeup call the next day, we all called it an early night. After watching part of the Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family. Cool kids, I know!

Ugh the alarm on Sunday was just so early. The joys of a 7am start time. Okay I snoozed a couple of times while Tori got ready.

Old Port Half deserves its own post, but here are a few pics to tide you over.

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Double-fisting at a young age ... double water that is!

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The upside of the 7am start is we were all done, partied and headed back to my friend's house by about 11am. With a pit stop for some post-race Dunkin' Donuts of course.

We had some nice decompression time at my friend's house - showering, icing, eating, baby hugs, etc - before Tori and I packed it up and headed home.

It was a tough decision to head home before 1, but it paid off with a lack of traffic on the highway. #Winning

I had already decided that we would enjoy a lazy afternoon when we got home so that is exactly what we did.

Ordered in lunch/dinner, Orange Is The New Black on TV and snuggling in bed with the wife and pups.

Why yes the weekend pretty much ended as it started ... and I was happy with that!


How was your weekend? Did you race?