Happy July!

Hey there, friends. HAPPY JULY! I love a new month 🙂  I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to start this new week! My weekend was filled with wedding festivities – Derek’s high school receivers coach married his beautiful wife Fawn, and we had a great time celebrating all weekend long. Friday began with a quick 3.5 mile run followed by a serious study sesh. The hard work didn’t feel too daunting, as I knew I had wedding cake tasting in store in the afternoon. Derek and I loved our meeting with Elise from Elise’s Pieces – her cake tastes fantastic and looks just as lovely as it tastes. photo-64

Although we were stuffed to the brim from cake tasting, it didn’t stop us from enjoying the delicious food at TJ and Fawn’s rehearsal dinner. Derek’s parents hosted the dinner at their house, so everyone lucked out because Derek’s mom is a fantastic cook 🙂 I contributed a Mexican 5 layer dip to the party via a recipe I found on Food Network’s website 

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I think out of all of the delicious eats, the lemon bars were my favorite!

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We woke up on Saturday and knew the only way we’d get a run or work out in was if we did it bright and early. So we laced up and headed out for a 5 mile Bayshore run. The weather had different plans for us – after mile 2 the downpour began, along with what felt like 40mph winds. We ran back to the car and drove ourselves to the gym, where I finished the 5 miler.

Wedding festivities continued, but this time it related to our wedding. My mom, Megan and I drove to St. Pete for wedding gown shopping #2. We had a lot of fun, especially because this boutique had bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses. Fun for all! My mom, Derek and I wrapped up the afternoon with some wedding registering at a local Tampa boutique.

The most fun of the weekend was had on Saturday evening at TJ and Fawn’s wedding. It was such a special and unique ceremony and reception, and really displayed just how wonderful they are and will be together. image-114

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The reception was nothing short of a blast – especially for the 3 guys pictured above. I know our wedding will be just as fun considering they are part of our wedding party.

On Sunday I visited with my friend MK who is in town for the week (yay!) and cooked Pretzel Chicken for dinner. I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for my parents and I a few months ago. Derek requested it Sunday, and I was happy to make it again, as it’s one of the easiest dinners to make.

Pretzel Crusted Baked Chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup crushed pretzels

4 chicken breasts

1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Pour egg into a bowl large enough to fit chicken in. One at a time, dip chicken breasts into beaten egg, coating on all sides. Next, dip chicken into crushed pretzels, also coating all over. Bake for 45 minutes.

I served the chicken with homemade Honey Mustard, steamed vegetables, and a quinoa/brown rice mixture.

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I planned to run on Sunday, but only had time for 1 mile. I had to get it in, as the running streak ends on 4th of July. However, bad news ensued about half way through the run. I’ve been having light pain in the joint of my big toe for a few days now, but it became severe on Sunday. I’ve iced several times, but it doesn’t seem to help. Google is not my friend when it comes to injuries or illnesses – I’m now convinced I have hallux rigidus, an arthritic condition common in runners. I’m hoping this isn’t the case, and that it’s just a case of turf toe or tendinitis. I hate being side-lined from running, so I’m pretty bummed about the whole thing.

Any athletes out there ever have similar pain? I’d love any information!

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