Hello from a very snowy DC – it’s really coming down out there! GW is closed today for the weather so the Basic Nutrition class I’m teaching was cancelled this morning; more time to catch up on emails and other work are not a bad thing this week! Lots going on, both with blogging stuff (the Winter Shape Up starts next week – so excited!) and with lots of new AnneTheRD clients! How’s the weather where you are today?
As for Sunday, my college friend Sarah and I had lovely weather for our long run! Cold but not freezing, and nice and sunny, too.
Sarah is currently training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon here in DC in March(I’m doing it too! And by the way – if you’re thinking of signing up, use the code ANNERUNSUSA to get $10 off the full or half – prices go up at the end of this month!), so she was on board for up to 11 miles. I had 15 miles on the docket for my LA Marathon training, so I decided to get 4 solo miles in before I met up with Sarah.
My first 4 miles were pretty blah since I was alone but this plan was sooo much better than what I did last week, which was start AND end alone (ending alone on a hill = big fail).
Once I had a friend by my side, the miles flew by. :) We had a great time chatting and enjoying the lovely weather!
We’ve both been doing a lot of downtown runs lately so we decided to mix it up and instead ran west on the Custis Trail towards Falls Church, then headed towards south Arlington on what I think is the W&OD Trail.
I’d forgotten how much I love this route – it’s pretty hilly at the start on the Custis Trail but once you get out a little ways it’s nice and flat, and beautiful, too.
To keep things easy, we did a simple out and back. It flew by!
I was definitely feeling fatigued by the end but having a buddy with me, as always, made things so much more fun. We finished feeling strong and accomplished – 11 miles for Sarah, 15 miles for me! Bam. Great average pace for a long run, too!
- Mile 1: 8:59
- Mile 2: 9:07
- Mile 3: 8:54
- Mile 4: 8:46
- Mile 5: 9:26
- Mile 6: 9:21
- Mile 7: 9:14
- Mile 8: 8:56
- Mile 9: 9:03
- Mile 10: 9:03
- Mile 11: 9:26
- Mile 12: 9:28
- Mile 13: 9:06
- Mile 14: 8:49
- Mile 15: 9:01
After our run, Sarah and I headed back to my place to shower and then raced back out the door because we had serious business to attend to: brunch! We hit up Farmers, Fishers, Bakers on the waterfront in Georgetown for their epic brunch buffet.
We had to wait a little while because we showed up a little late for our reservation (oops) but it was worth waiting for. I refueled with a made to order veggie omelette, some of their fun salads (I love their kale and bean salads), bacon, and, most importantly, these amazing cinnamon rolls they bring around to everyone’s tables. They were so. good. The only other time I’ve gone to brunch there they were all out, and we all nearly died of sadness. I’m not sure if they were the most amazing cinnamon rolls ever or if it was just because we’d run a lot of miles and were really hungry, but either way, they rocked our world.
And now, back to work all cozy under a blanket with a nice view of the snow coming down outside. I hope you’re all enjoying the snow day somewhere warm, too!
How was your weekend in running? Any good ones to report?
p.s. Speaking of running, I just threw my name into the hat this morning for an “inspirational running blogger” contest over on the ZOOMA Women’s Running Series Facebook page. I’d be honored to have your vote. :)