Weekend Recap + More Knee Problems

Oh, how I love the weekend. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of leaving work on a Friday. Am I right? It’s like you’ve been caged up for years and now you’re finally let free to fly! Okay, well maybe it’s not that dramatic, but you get the point. While I was at work on Friday, Ed had a busy day of gardening and landscaping our front yard and backyard since our grass grows like crazy in the spring/summer months. After his day full of manual labor, he wanted to relax and have a good time come Friday night. Count me in! We decided to make it a date night and head up to Victory Brewing Company for drinks and dinner. Ed is a big fan of Victory beer and loves coming here whenever possible! I’m not the hugest fan of beer, but I’ve been trying to develop my palate when it comes to it and have been enjoying it more as of recently.
Ed and me before dinnerPre-date selfie. That’s the face of a tired man right there.
VictoryOnce we got to Victory, they quote us a wait time of an hour and a half. The Flyers were playing a game that night, so the place was pretty packed with people watching it. Long wait times typically really annoy me since I’m an impatient person, but we decided to grab a drink at the bar and chat while we waited, which was really nice!
Victory BeerMy drink of choice was a Golden Monkey, while Ed enjoyed a Baltic Thunder. Despite being quoted a 90 minute wait time, after only 45 minutes they text us that our table was ready. This was awesome because Ed was starving from working all day and I’m pretty sure he was about to gnaw my arm off if he didn’t eat soon. He’s also guilty of getting hangry (hungry+angry) when not feed enough.
Victory DinnerFor dinner, Ed ordered a burger with a side of sweet potato fries, while I got the half rack of ribs with a side of french fries. Mmmmm…my mouth is watering just thinking about it again. I love ribs! I feel like I always get weird looks from waiters/waitresses when I order ribs for some reason. I guess they expect that Ed would be more likely to order them than me, but that is definitely not the case! This girl can down some ribs in no time at all.

After dinner, we were both pretty tired so we decided to call it a night and make the trek home since Ed had to work early in the morning on Saturday. While Ed is at work on Saturdays, I typically try to be productive and get stuff done around the house/work, but that was just not happening this past Saturday. I’d love to be able to say I got a lot accomplished, but unless you count taking a 2 hour nap as an accomplishment (which I do since I NEVER take naps), then not much got done.

Once Ed got home from work, Corrina took it upon herself to show him how happy she was that he was home by playing with her toy on top of his legs.
Corrina Playing on Ed“Mom! Why are you taking a picture of me while I’m trying to play down here?!”

Since Ed and I both wanted to stay in on Saturday, I had the fabulous idea that we should build a fort in the living room. Luckily, Ed is just as weird as I am and loved the idea. Apparently, he is a fort-building expert because we ended up with this masterpiece:
Living Room FortIt was awesome! We ended up ordering sushi/Thai food and watching a movie in it until we both fell asleep in it with the dog. Epic Saturday night if you ask me.

On Sunday, we had our usual day of running in Philly and brunch planned. We ran our last long run of 10 miles before the Broad Street run last Sunday and had a shorter run planned for this Sunday just to shake our legs out and keep us up on our game. My sister, who is also running Broad Street next week, was going to join us for our run so we stopped at her house before heading down to Kelly Drive. Look at these beautiful Cherry Blossom trees she has lining her street! I had to take a picture with them – they were gorgeous!
Cherry Blossom in PhillyOnce we picked my sister up, we all synchronized our running watches and started out. As soon as we began running, I felt pain in my right knee. I’ve discussed my knee pain before, but ever since I’ve been KT taping my knee the pain has been pretty minimal. Well, last week I ran out of KT tape before my tempo run and foolishly thought I would be okay without it since my knee has been fine for the most part and I was only running a couple of miles. At the end of my tempo run, I could feel my knee tweak a little and knew I may have pushed myself a little too far. Well, apparently I was right because as soon as we began running I could feel a pain that I have never felt before in my knee. I ran with my sister and Ed for a little less than a mile before I knew I had to call it quits. The race is less than a week away and the last thing I need to do is cause serious damage to my knee and potentially not be able to run.

After I stopped running, my sister and Ed continued on without me and I walked back to my sister’s house to hang out with her boyfriend, Luis, while I waited for them to finish. During the entire walk back to her house, I felt SO defeated. Despite having some pretty mentally and physically challenging runs, I’ve never had to completely stop one before. Usually I can push through and finish what I set out to do. Even though I know it was the right decision to stop running since I don’t want to cause more damage to my knee before the race, I couldn’t help but be upset with myself and my body for not being able to do the run. I know it’s irrational to feel that way, but I just couldn’t help it at that point and was pretty disappointed with myself.

I’m going to really focus on icing and stretching/foam rolling my knee in this upcoming week before the race. In addition to this, I’m going to take an anti-inflammatory in order to help with the pain/reduce any inflammation there may be. I’m hoping that all of this will help my knee to be in good enough condition come race day, but I won’t really know how it’ll be until the day comes unfortunately. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I will be really disappointed if I can’t run on Sunday :(.

Luckily, once my sister and Ed finished their runs, we all decided to head to brunch together, which immediately cheered me up! My emotions are directly related to the food I’m eating. Sad, but true. We headed over to Rembrandt’s at the suggestion of Angie and Luis. They had been there for dinner a few weeks before and wanted to see how their brunch was. Rembrandt's BrunchThe verdict? It was really good! I ordered the egg and chorizo flatbread with mozzarella and avocado. It was DELICIOUS. Another reason why my sister and Luis suggested going to Rembrandt’s for brunch was because they ordered a yummy cocktail called the Moscow Mule the last time they were there and wanted to try it again.
Moscow MuleNeither Ed nor I have ever had or even heard of a Moscow Mule before, but we ordered it and LOVED IT! According to our waitress, it’s a blend of Russian vodka, ginger beer, ginger simple syrup, and lime. I don’t know if that’s exactly what’s in it or not, but it was incredibly refreshing and light. We will be attempting to recreate this immediately.

After brunch, we headed back to Angie’s where we chatted for another hour or so before leaving. We had grocery shopping to do on the way home, so we stopped at Trader Joe’s once we got back in Delaware. All either of us wanted to do once we got home after grocery shopping was relax! We poured a glass of wine for both us and decided to order sushi again for the second time this weekend. It was so good the night before that we were both craving it again! While we ate our sushi and drank our wine, we put on the movie Delivery Man that we had rented from Redbox earlier in the day.

Delivery Mansource

Given the premise of the movie and since Vince Vaughn was starring in it, we assumed it was a comedy, which it most definitely was not! While there were some funny parts, it certainly had its serious parts as well. All in all, not a bad movie, but not good if you were looking for a comedy/something light-hearted!

Once the movie was done, it was bedtime for us in order to be well-rested for another work week!

Hope everyone else had an awesome weekend too! Anyone do anything fun or see any good movies? I really want to see the move The Other Woman that just came out!

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16 Responses to Weekend Recap + More Knee Problems

  1. ranchcookie says:

    Your flatbread looks amazing! Nothing like eggs to top it off !

  2. Sounds like a great weekend! And my mood is also often tied to food. :)

  3. Those cherry blossom trees are gorgeous!!

  4. Leaving work on Friday is literally my favorite part of the week. The whole weekend is in front of you, there’s so much potential! I love Victory. Haven’t been there in a while, but their food is tasty. I like ordering the little beer flights, so you get to taste a bunch of different things. I hurt my knee a few weeks before I ran Broad Street. I twisted it tripping over a gift at a baby shower. I was so upset. I took it super easy before the race and it ended up working out. Hope your knee feels better!

    • Cassy says:

      I love the flights too especially if I’m feeling indecisive. They’re building another Victory in Kennett Square which I’m super excited for because it’s SO much closer to me!

      I’m glad that your knee got better before broad street! It gives me a little more hope that mine will be fine too! I’m so unbelievably nervous about potentially not being able to run it :(

  5. Whoa … that fort! My husband and I once pushed all the couches aside so we could lounge on an air mattress and binge watch movies all day. You just made me feel a bit more normal :)

    p.s. adorable puppy!

  6. Oh my gosh I love that fort!! So sorry your knee isn’t feeling well I hope it cooperates for the race!

  7. That flatbread is making me drool…I’ve never put an egg on pizza before but I’ve heard it’s an awesome combination. I was just telling someone about how much I want to try a moscow mule! Thanks for reminding me and giving me a weekend goal :) gotta get one of those in my belly

    • Cassy says:

      Definitely try it if you can find a restaurant/bar that can actually make it! It’s really difficult to find a place that has all of the ingredients :(

  8. Pingback: 2014 Broad Street Run Race Recap: Part 1 | On The Inside

  9. bartpaul78 says:

    I absolutely LOVE ribs! One of my favorite things to get when I go out to a restaurant for sure. :)

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