Running with Kevin Hart + Belated Birthday Weekend

Welcome to another week! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to take on the world.

I had a busy Friday and Saturday which meant that Sunday was completely uneventful. I always need to balance lots of activity with lazy days. Anyone else?

Here’s a quick recap for you:

Friday

As I mentioned last week, Friday morning I woke up nice and early to head to The Field Museum for a 5K run with Nike Run Club and Kevin Hart. As part of his movement to encourage adopting a healthy lifestyle, Kevin is forming impromptu 5K runs along the stops on his current comedy tour.

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I got there at 6:30 am and scooped up my free Nike shirt! These runs are also free, so this shirt and the experience were an awesome bonus!

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Kevin got the crowd hyped up and he took some awesome selfies.

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I am literally just off camera to the left. I think I can see some hair tendrils but that’s about it. Up to this point, this was the largest #RunWithHart 5K that they had put on!

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We ran north along the lakefront for about 1.6 miles, then turned around and met back at The Field Museum. Susie showed up as well so I had a running buddy!

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Kevin waited at the finish line and made sure to high five every person who crossed.

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It was EPIC and I had a great time!

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After the run I went to the 7-Eleven trade show to see if I could find any advances in health in our convenience stores.

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There were some things that I found, but nothing very innovative or impressive.

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Saturday

I decided on the aquarium for my belated birthday adventure. One thing I will emphasize: BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE. I bought ours the day before and couldn’t believe the number of people who were standing in line waiting to buy them in person. If you find yourself in this situation, also remember that you can use your phone to buy them and save time!

Also, I may be biased, but nothing seems to beat the Baltimore Aquarium in my eyes.

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We saw a giant turtle.

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Touched some stingrays.

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And watched beluga whales for a long time because they are my favorite whales ever.

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After the aquarium, we headed up to Wicker Park/Bucktown area for sushi and donuts with Matt.

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I also have another belated birthday surprise that I am saving for later in the week, so STAY TUNED.

While I was in Walgreens, I saw Ariel makeup and got a little too excited (refer to my Little Mermaid shirt I was wearing at the same time).

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Then we had deep dish for dinner (not pictured because I couldn’t lift my phone due to pizza coma). If sushi, a donut, and deep dish weren’t enough, we headed to Ghirardelli which is dangerously outside my building for one of the best vanilla milkshakes I have ever had.

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I split it with Neil and Matt and rolled myself home.

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We also saw the Empire bus which was holding open auditions for musical talent for this season. I would have totally gone if a) I could sing like anyone on that show and b) it wasn’t so hot.

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Sunday

Like I mentioned at the start, Sunday involved absolutely nothing. I woke up at 8 am, collaborated with Neil on helping him solve some video game puzzles, fell asleep again, and then Matt came back to hang out. We watched movies most of the day, but only after we went on an epic candy spree.

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This was our collective purchase and I finished out the weekend strong riding on the horrible nutrition train.

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In case you were worried that I didn’t eat actual food, Matt brought over some of his Blue Apron meals that he hadn’t been able to eat. We also had a bit of a backlog, so we decided to just combine random ingredients. I had some work to do, so Neil and Matt graciously offered to make dinner.

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They created this risotto masterpiece of: barley, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, celery, romano beans, and sweet delicious butter corn. I think I may work on Sundays more often.

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Overall, it was a great weekend and now it’s back to the grindstone with a couple projects that I am working on. I am also teaching a new Cardio Sculpt class on Tuesdays at 6:45 pm at Studio Fit if anyone is in the area and wants to work out!

Questions:

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you cook with recipes or are you good at cooking on the fly?
  • What’s your favorite dessert?
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21 Comments

  1. August 3, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Ghiradelli has opened?? TROUBLE. And damn that risotto looks good! And I’m not even a huge risotto person, though I definitely appreciate a good one. I’m impressed that you all got into the Aquarium during Lolla weekend. Nicely done. You need to go to the GA one. It has the biggest tank in the world and is AWESOME
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    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Oh girl it’s been open and I’m surprised that that’s the first time I’ve gotten something.

      Yeah, there weren’t really any crowds which is what I was worried about. We did go right when they opened though so maybe that’s why.

  2. August 3, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Happy belated Birthday!!!
    That run looked epic and that is so cool that you got to go see the giant turtles!!!
    It should be a requirement to have at least one lazy day on a weekend. I mean, honestly, we work hard enough…weekends are for pajamas and pizza lol.
    Happy Monday!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Exactly! Or pizza AND candy, milkshakes, and donuts.

  3. August 3, 2015 / 11:57 am

    All the yummy sweets!! I’m jealous you got to run with Hart! I’ve been hoping he would make a Northeast appearance soon.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      I hope he does too! You at least get to go to the aquarium whenever you want though 🙂

  4. August 3, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    that run with kevin hart looks like fun! i haven’t used recipes in a while but really need to get over it – i prefer to look at our fridge/pantry like i’m playing “chopped” and just make something with what we have. it’s my creative and OCD outlet 🙂 plus i usually end up making at least one sauce with a bunch of stuff anyway!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      I’m horrible without a recipe but Neil is magical which is why I let him tinker away. I’m more of a baker anyway so recipes are my bae.

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      I know! I wish I had known he was coming to town on tour bc I would have gotten tickets too!

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 3, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      I am! I lived there from when I was 8-26. That’s the best aquarium!!

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 5, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      That sounds amazing! I’d love to go to Key West sometime
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    • erinsinsidejob
      August 5, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      Oh you know it. Lemon pistachio to be precise. Soooo good.

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 5, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      No but this is the second time I’m hearing about it. It sounds magical.

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 10, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      I’ve been hearing a lot about the one in Atlanta so maybe I’ll have to check that out sometime

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