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A Beautiful DC Evening Run + Simple Lunch

Morning, friends!

I had the best post-work run last night with my friend Sokphal.

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We’ve been trying to meet up for weeks (er… a month?) now and finally figured out a day and time that worked for both of us. It was great to see her again and well worth the wait! We began our run just as the sun was starting to say farewell for the day. The weather was unseasonably warm – in the low 50’s – and it felt great to be out and about after working on a computer all day.

We started by running through Rosslyn, VA, with some pretty views of the city at dusk…

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Ran over Memorial Bridge to say hello to Mr. Lincoln – how cool does the sky look in this picture?

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And of course said hello to the Washington Monument, too…

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We ran down along the reflecting pool, then looped back past Lincoln again, back over Memorial bridge, and down along the Mt. Vernon trail. Check out our stunning views:

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m so lucky to be able to run somewhere so beautiful.

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I had plans to do a 4 or 5 miler, but Sokphal was planning to run farther, and I was having such a good time chatting and enjoying the weather and scenery that I decided to bust out a longer run with her because I didn’t want the fun to end!

We ended on a steep uphill and finished strong – 6.5 miles, done. Pretty awesome for a weeknight!

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Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:30
  • Mile 2: 8:28
  • Mile 3: 8:42
  • Mile 4: 8:58
  • Mile 5: 8:51
  • Mile 6: 9:20 <—- pretty good mile long hill of death pace!
  • Last 0.5 mile pace: 9:25 <—- finishing out hill of death strong!

Total time: 57:39. Total distance: 6.51 miles. Average pace: 8:51 min/miles. Thanks for the great run, Sokphal! Can’t wait for next time.

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The rest of this week has been working like a madwoman to get my new private practice business stuff all organized and working on some freelance writing projects, too! Yesterday I spent most of the day teaching myself all about the joys of small business accounting. Oy!

I did get in a delicious lunch, though. :)

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Did you know that canned tuna is really good when mixed with hummus and Dijon mustard? It is, I promise.

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I threw the tuna mixture on top of a big salad of mixed greens, canned beets, green pepper, tomato, feta cheese, and some balsamic vinaigrette and salt/pepper. Delicious!

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Oh, tuna salad. You look like barf but you taste so yummy.

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On the side, I had some crackers and grapes. Yum!

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Time to get back to work – lots to do! I am determined to get all my finances/accounting stuff under control and all organized by the end of today.

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

Before I go, a couple quick announcements:

  • On Saturday, March 2, the Junior League of Washington will be hosting its annual healthy eating and fitness activity fair for children, Kids in the Kitchen. This annual FREE event, designed for kids from 3-13, showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. There will be lots of great activities for kids, including exercise classes (like YoKid Yoga and Bar Method), cooking fun with celebrity chefs, and demonstrations from the Washington Area Bicycle Association, US Tennis Association, and more. The event takes place at the YMCA National Capital (1771 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036) from 10am – 2 pm. More information can be found on their Facebook page or on the Junior League website.

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  • A man named Landon Cooper is running 3,000 miles across the country to raise money for cancer research and awareness (specifically Sarcoma, a type of bone/soft tissue cancer). This is a rare form of cancer that is largely underfunded; it predominately affects children and young adults. Landon’s goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of his journey; he began running from the Golden Gate Bridge on February 14, 2013 and will finish in Ocean City, Maryland by July 13, 2013.  He has currently raised $13,000 and is about 280 miles into his journey, which is being filmed to eventually create a documentary. Landon dedicates his run each day to a child who has been affected by Sarcoma, and has a great website that includes a daily journal of his runs. For more information, to donate, and/or to read about his daily adventures, check out his site: http://miles2give.org/. He’s running through DC in July and I’m hoping to join up with him and his team for a few miles! They’re very inspiring.

landon

Comments

  1. 1

    3,000 miles?! That’s so awesome of him!

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    Those views of the city are incredible! It’s times like that when I wish I lived in DC instead of in Baltimore. The weather was perfect for an evening run yesterday- looks like fun!

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    What a great cause– I am doing Cycle for Survival this weekend (also to raise funds for rare cancers) but I’m not sure I could so something like that all on my own, even for a few miles much less 3K! Also, side note: this guy is HOT to boot. Like, wow. http://greatproj.com/2013/01/landon-cooper-miles2give-org/

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    yay JLW :)

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    DC is probably one of my favorite cities to run in! So glad you are enjoying the evening runs! And tuna salad – LOVE but haven’t had it in so very long.

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    My husband and I work for ourselves from home. I don’t think I could go back to a 9-5. The one piece of advise I wish someone would have told me the first year, pay your taxes quarterly! It is easier to write a few small checks than one LARGE check!

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    I like how you “unseasonably warm” for 50 degrees and it’s 50 degrees here today in Houston and I’ve been saying “unseasonably cold” hahaha….

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    Gorgeous pictures! Scenery like that would totally get me out for a nice, long run! It’s been so long, 50 degrees would feel like a hot, summer day LOL!

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    Gorgeous photos! The one of the Lincoln Memorial is my favorite. It brings back wonderful memories of my trip to DC a few months ago… sigh… now I want to go back!

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    Very lovely pictures! Today, it totally started to rain once I got my running shoes on… Still made 3 miles, but it was so cold here in Germany!

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    I love that tuna salad combination! I don’t like mayo so this sounds like the perfect (healthy) solution!

    The photos during your run are breathtaking!

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    i definitely loved the few times I was able to run in DC due to work. It’s a really spectacular feeling to see all of those monuments in the dark when it’s not crowded!

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    I can’t imagine running by those amazing landmarks on a normal day!! What a lucky thing.

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    That is gorgeous! I think the same thing each time I get to run along the water in Charleston… it’s when I am lucky to be able to run and enjoy my area.

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    What a gorgeous run and a gorgeous lunch! LOVE all of that hummus! ;)

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    Awesome pictures Anne, I’m hoping to visit DC this summer and run similar routes you have ran.

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    Hi there! I am so happy I found your blog via the Miles2Give Facebook page! What a wonderful blog! I must mention that Landon ran for my son, Aleksei Minarik, on the first day of his mission, February 14! Aleksei was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of the spine in January of 2011 and after surgery, chemo and radiation he has been showing no evidence of disease since October, 2011. What Landon is doing is amazing and means so much to so many people who have children diagnosed with this dreaded beast called Ewing’s Sarcoma. He is helping make more people aware and that is what is needed to raise funds for research that will eventually lead to a cure! Best wishes to you Anne!

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      Thank you so much for saying hello, Alli! What Landon and his team are doing really is amazing. It’s great to hear from someone who is directly impacted. Best of luck to your son – amazing news that he is doing better!

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    I love mustard mixed with tuna. I don’t do mayo. Never acquired a taste for it. Sokphal is so cute. She looks so young. The weather sounds delightful in D.C. Here in Atlanta 43 w/ wind chill of 36. Burrrrr.

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    I run around the monuments all the time and think the same thing! They are so beautiful to be around anytime of the day :) The tuna mixture sounds really good too…I’ll have to test that out! Congrats on the private practice!

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    Penny Crist says:

    Thank you for giving Landon Cooper….Miles 2 Give….attention…..I am an adult who was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2005….Sarcoma is sometimes called the “forgotten cancer”..we are given pennies on the dollar for research….It is amazing that this young man is running across the US to raise awareness for this cancer….Please follow his running….My daughter plans to run with him when he is in Ohio…..Again thank you

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    That is so great what Landon is doing! I can’t wait to hear how he has done! I also love your lunch! I eat tuna and hummus all the time!

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    I didn’t see anyone commenting on the amazing watch photo! Still love it! :) Thanks for getting me out! Loved the run! Can’t wait for spring! :)

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    Hi Anne- I’m in the JLW and thanks so much for sharing the upcoming Kids in the Kitchen Event! We will also be at the Bright Beginnings 5k at 8 AM in West Potomac Park. Bright Beginnings is a child care center for homeless children in DC. Registration is availible onsite beginning at 7 AM tomorrow. More info on their website: http://www.brightbeginningsinc.org/5k/index.html :)

    Now off to contemplate this hummus and tuna combo…

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    I love night time runs… Heading out just as the sun sets is my favorite! I can’t wait till it gets a tad warmer!

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    You do have a beautiful area to run! Best of luck in your counseling practice- I’m starting to set up something similar as well. It’s so much work up front, but I’m really excited about it. What’s better than getting paid to do what you love? :)

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    Eliza B says:

    Cava Hummus is my ALL TIME FAVORITE hummus! I’m about to leave DC to move to Winston Salem for graduate school and I have to figure out their recipe!

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    Healthy Eater says:

    A lot of inspiration in the sights along that route. Well done!

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