Double Bridge Run + Date Night

I've been saving money for the last year in anticipation of tax season. This will be the first year I have to file for income earned from the blog/freelance writing and I've saved about 20% of what I made. I'm confident that a good tax pro will be able to deduct a decent amount of things so I decided to splurge a bit this weekend and spend some of that savings.

It started with a quick trip to the mall Friday afternoon to search for the perfect dress. I had a lady date scheduled for Saturday night and we both wanted to get all dolled up for the occasion. I ended up falling in love with one of the first dresses I saw. 2014-01-31 10.31.19I picked it up in Dillards. They are having a huge sale on dresses right now and I ended up finding this one for teaching on sale for $30 from $80.2014-01-31 10.55.29My final splurge was this eye shadow pallet by Urban Decay. It's the first non-drugstore make-up I've purchased in years and even though it was painfully expensive I've heard nothing but absolutely rave reviews about it. I've been wearing the shadow daily since I got it and am SO happy I picked it up!2014-01-31 11.59.33After the mall I had to head out to the beach to pick up my race packet for the Double Bridge Run. My friend Matt was nice enough to accompany me so we spent some time exploring before the sun set. 2014-01-31 15.29.36

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It was early to bed for me since I had a 4:30 a.m. wake up for the run. As with last year I had a blast doing the Double Bridge. It's a 15k race that starts in downtown Pensacola and ends up on the beach. It's sold out the last 2 years and I'm sure every year from here on out will be a sell out as well. It's the perfect destination race! 2014-01-31 20.08.37

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I'm thrilled that I earned a PR on the race! Last year my time was 1:37 (10:25 mile pace) and this year I finished in 1:33 (9:55 pace.) I'm going to start doing speed work weekly and really try to get my pace down more.

After the race I napped, stuffed my face, then got ready for my lady date!2014-02-01 18.34.49We started with a light dinner at Global Grill. I went with my usual fried artichokes & asparagus, and she got a few seafood dishes. We talked about walking down to Jacksons (another super swanky restaurant) for dessert after but we never made it that way!2014-02-01 19.07.52My friend has a gorgeous voice so we made a quick stop at Hub Stacey's for her to show off her skills. 2014-02-01 21.39.45We picked up a few friends there and walked over to a  new bar called 21 West. It was their opening night and it was one of those swanky 'tries to hard' type of places. Blasting obnoxious remixes of classic/new rap and I'm surprised I didn't see a velvet rope out front.

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2014-02-01 22.33.30-3We ended the night at a different bar where the troops could get some food. I played designated driver that evening so I could avoid a hangover on Sunday. I'm enjoying going out more now that I'm not drinking as much. I always hate the way I feel the next day, but I was tired of not going out and being the only quasi-sober one. I had a blast, and can't wait for our next date out on the town! 2014-02-01 21.19.54-1