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A weekend off

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Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins will keep a consistent blog throughout the  spring season to track the team's progress and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

Madison is having some of the most amazing weather right now, and it's hard for me to sit in the office when it looks so beautiful outside. I am excited for this weekend, as it is one of my first weekends off in a very long time.

As a college coach, it is very easy to find something to attend every weekend. It's hard to take some time off with the idea in the back of your head that you will miss the next great player to change your program. However, over the years, I have found that I really need to strike a balance in my life between my job and life, so I sent [assistant coach Patrick] Farmer on the road this weekend. Sometimes it is great to be the boss!!

It's also hard to take time off when you like your job, but sometimes the time off makes me better and refreshed. As I have told my players in the past, the day off is just as important as the days you train!

This weekend will be filled with lawn and house care and maybe a movie (Iron Man 2 is looking like the front runner). I am particularly looking forward to the Farmer's Market on the square. The Farmer's Market has so much fresh food, and I can't wait to get some of it home to make a great meal. I have been on the road a bunch, and I am sick of restaurant food. The restaurant food tastes so good, but I know it is not helping my waistline.

Speaking of waistline, I am getting closer and closer to Middletown, Pa. Only 576 miles to go! I have put a major dent in my run this past week and weekend, and I am looking to make some major gains this weekend if the weather stays nice.

Since I am staying away from restaurants this weekend, I won't have any restaurant reviews next week. However, I went to Brickhouse BBQ last night with some fellow Wisconsin coaches, and I have to say the food was good (and not good for my waistline).  The nicest part of the experience was sitting outside on their rooftop patio with an amazing view of the Capital. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, and I would definitely go back there to meet friends and enjoy a nice Madison summer night. I can only imagine how busy it might be when the students are back, but I will be able to enjoy it for now.

I do have some other places to recommend, but they are in Minnesota. I know Wisconsin and Minnesota have a healthy rivalry, but I had the opportunity to spend some time in Minneapolis last weekend while I was catching some soccer matches. One of my former players, Whitney Owusu (I will miss you) suggested I try a restaurant called Chino Latino. The experience was great, as was the atmosphere and food. I would suggest it to anyone, and I am looking forward to going back there for the fried ice cream dessert.

I also went to a small, hole in the wall place called Victor 1959. It is a small Cuban place that Guy Fieri suggested on his show. It was amazing food; there are only 11 tables in the whole restaurant, but you will love every bite. Therefore, I have to say Minnesota has some good things about it.

Lastly, I have to say I am very pleased with the grades many of our players received this past semester. The grades are slowly coming in, but for the most part I have to say the players are doing well in balancing both soccer and school. However, as they all know... I will continue to push them to be better.

I hope everyone out there has a great weekend. Don't forget to watch the US vs. Germany women's game on Saturday night. Good luck to Ali Krieger, one of my former players. I am so excited you are back with the squad. You go girl!

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