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My Perfect Friday Night + Day In The Life

Hey and happy weekend! I’ve reached a new level of lame (and awesome at the same time). My Friday night has included working out, the grocery store, a walk with the pup, cooking homemade pizza, painting my nails and watching a combo of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show and a Sex and the City marathon.

It’s not exciting. But it’s also totally perfect. Ever since I entered the working world (almost 10 years ago!), my favorite Friday nights have been those spent relaxing at home. After a long week all I want to do is hang out at home, cook dinner and unwind. I like to save my nights out for Saturday.


Sullie approves. (She’s currently passed out and snoring. I’m going to join her soon!)

Here’s a little day in the life that led me to my couch potato state.

4:55 a.m. – alarm goes off and I wake up from a crazy deep sleep due to this…


Five days later and my foot is STILL red, itching and swollen from the yellow jacket sting (sorry for the gross picture but this is the best it’s looked in days) so I have been taking Benadryl at night to help with the inflammation and the itching.

FYI: taking Benadryl at 11:30 p.m. and waking up at 4:55 a.m. is not the best combination for feeling fresh and alert.

5:30 a.m. – Arrive at the gym to train my first client and literally feel like I’m in a fog thanks to Benadryl + long week + lack of sleep. Luckily, my client was equally as tired after a week of business travel! We made for a sad combo but got a good workout done regardless.

6:30 a.m. – Train second client. I came to for this one! 🙂

7:30 a.m. – head home and eat breakfast, shower, check email.


9 a.m. – leave house to go into the Charlotte Observer for a couple of hours. I stopped at Atherton Market on the way in to pick up pour over coffee from Not Just Coffee. This was my first time going into the office all week so I was excited to put on real clothes. First fall outfit of the fall. Black jeans, black tee, scarf and my suede Toms wedges! Love these things.

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Charlotte Observer for a meeting with my boss and started on my story for the day

noon – Taught yoga at Om Yoga

1 p.m. – stayed after class to shoot my #hashtanga video for the day


1:45 p.m. – home for lunch. I made a salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, smoked salmon, avocado, pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, honey goat cheese, lemon infused olive oil and aged balsamic.

2:15-4:30 p.m. – cleaning, laundry, finished Run Charlotte Run story, work emails, etc. I was supposed to have a client at 4 but he got stuck at the hospital (surgeon) and had to cancel.

5 p.m. – back to the gym to train one of my favorite clients. We had a great session that included a lot of hard work and a little dancing! 🙂


I took Sullie to the gym with me because she had serious cabin fever from being stuck in the house with me all week. I can just tell when she’s bored/restless. This girl is SOCIAL! If you’ve been reading for a while, you might remember that I used to always take her to the gym with me when I was managing it. I only take her to work with me occasionally now and usually on Fridays but she goes crazy. She loves being there and gets so much attention. Today was even better because another coach had his sweet chocolate lab there. They had a great time playing!

6:15 p.m. – knocked out my own workout. 2 mile run to shakeout the legs before my long run tomorrow followed by deadlifts, abs and double unders.

7 p.m. – grocery store

7:30 p.m. – home and took Sul for a 20 minute walk while I caught up with my grandmother

8 p.m. – PIZZA PREP!


Not only do I love to stay in on Fridays but I love to eat pizza on Fridays! It’s my happy food. This was wheat dough with chicken Italian sausage, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and cheese.

9 p.m. – ate dinner and commencde bad TV, nail painting and blogging.

11 p.m. – I need to hit publish and go to bed! I’m meeting my running buddies to tackle double digits early, early tomorrow! It feels so good to be running like this again. I am excited about my long run!

Friday night…in or out? Favorite Friday night food? 

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  • Michelle September 26, 2014, 11:58 pm

    Stupid hello jacket!! I had one of those sting me in my groin. It really sucked. Sorry that happened to you 🙁

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:56 pm

      that sounds AWFUL!

      • Michelle September 29, 2014, 10:52 am

        Sorry, meant yellow not hello…hello? it’s yellow 🙂

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) September 27, 2014, 12:44 am

    It was a Friday day out, but night in for me! Super tired haha! I wish you could have made me a pizza too!

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:55 pm

      ha! i totally would have! 🙂

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy September 27, 2014, 1:57 am

    I love nights in – I’m a homebody! That first picture of Sullie is so cute

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 27, 2014, 5:11 am

    As much as I love to eat out, I do love Friday nights at home too! Hope that sting is feeling better. I dealt with a food allergy rash this summer which left me on Benedryl for nights on end to deal with the itching that was relentless so I feel your pain. Terrible.

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:55 pm

      thank you meredith. it’s feeling a lot better!

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! September 27, 2014, 5:47 am

    I love nights in. And now that I am a parent, I love them even more. I love our “bedtime” routine for the little one and the quiet time I have for myself before going to bed. Hope your run this morning goes well.

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:54 pm

      i bet you do love them even more now. i can see where that would be so relaxing.

  • Brynn September 27, 2014, 6:13 am

    Friday nights at home are the best after a long work week. I love to have sushi and wine.

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:54 pm

      yum! sushi is one of my favorite things to go out for on saturday nights! 🙂

  • Michelle September 27, 2014, 7:02 am

    I’ve never been stung before and now I DEFINITELY do not want to!!! I’m a Friday night in gal – love nothing more than having a glass of whatever, good food, and enjoying the evening with a movie or trashy TV!! Have a Great Weekend & Run!!

  • She Rocks Fitness September 27, 2014, 8:13 am

    Friday night is always spent in…I’m just spent by the end of the week and I like to save my going out night for Saturdays…Before my last long run next weekend, I am definitely doing pizza…It’s been way too long! 😉 Good luck on your long run today! XOXO

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:53 pm

      thank you! hope yours was good too!

  • allie@sweetpotatobites September 27, 2014, 8:48 am

    I’ve been tackling my longer runs on Saturdays too so Fridays have definitely been a night in. Pizza before a long run is one of the best things ever! Good luck!

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:53 pm

      i like getting them out of the way on saturday so that i don’t have it hanging over me all weekend!

  • Lexie September 27, 2014, 9:51 am

    I just bought those Toms wedges! I love them but feel like their not really my style. I haven’t worn them yet and can’t decide if I should return them or not! Do you wear yours a lot?!

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:52 pm

      i like them with skinny jeans and also with dresses and tights. they are different but fun!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner September 27, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I got stung by a bee/wasp/hornet (not entirely sure what it was) and it turns out I’m allergic. The morning after it happened my arm was doubled in size! Hope your reaction goes away soon! At least the benadryl helps with some of it!

    Relaxing Fridays are the best. Yours sounds pretty great to me! I did 20 miles this morning, so I’m spent for the day. Looks like it will be a relaxing Saturday for me too! Hope you had a great run!

    • Jen September 28, 2014, 4:52 pm

      that sounds terrible sarah! mine is feeling much better.

      CONGRATS on 20! what are you training for?

  • diana September 27, 2014, 5:59 pm

    yikes! that is so crazy. hopefully it’s gone away now! 🙂

    ps. where is your scarf from?! i love it!

  • Chanell October 1, 2014, 3:12 pm

    This sounds like an excellent Friday night to me! Keep it up!

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