I had the best post-work run last night with my friend Sokphal.
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…
Ran over Memorial Bridge to say hello to Mr. Lincoln – how cool does the sky look in this picture?
And of course said hello to the Washington Monument, too…
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:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m so lucky to be able to run somewhere so beautiful.
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!
- 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.
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. :)
Did you know that canned tuna is really good when mixed with hummus and Dijon mustard? It is, I promise.
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!
Oh, tuna salad. You look like barf but you taste so yummy.
On the side, I had some crackers and grapes. Yum!
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.
- 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.