Hi friends! It was quite the wintery weekend over here – very cold temperatures and our first snow of the season, too!
On Friday night, Matt and I picked up dinner at Lost Dog in Arlington and drove up to Bethesda to hang out with our friends Tom and Janice – they just had their second child, so we were excited to meet him! It was a fun night – we started with some fresh oysters that Tom picked up at a local fish market:
And then moved on to pizza and salad from Lost Dog! Delish.
I had an extra piece of pizza – and then we had unpictured cookies from a local Bethesda bakery for dessert. I also shared some wine with Matt – I was our DD so I just had a little. :)
On Saturday, we woke up to snow, but luckily the roads were still clear because I had to drive up to Dupont Circle to attend an all day training for the volunteer teaching English as a second language I’ll be doing for the next few months (via Washington English Center). By the time we finished I was in the mood for some movement after sitting all day and hot yoga sounded amazing, so I treated myself to the 5 p.m. hot yoga 2 class at CorePower Yoga in Courthouse/Rosslyn. (If you are in the market for a new yoga mat, I love my Jade Yoga Mat – it was a Christmas gift a few years ago from my brother and it’s the best – not slippery. Also, for hot yoga, I love this yoga towel.)
I really enjoyed the class – it felt so good to sweat on such a chilly day!
For dinner on Saturday, Matt whipped us up a batch of my Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup (<—recipe)! I loveeeee this soup – the creaminess comes from hummus! So flavorful and filling, especially on a cold winter’s day.
Ready to eat. It made enough for a few more servings, too, so we enjoyed more on Sunday for dinner and I’ll finish it off today for lunch!
Yesterday morning I had plans for a run date with two of my track buddies; we almost bailed because of the weather (my phone said it was in the low 20’s but with windchill it “felt like” 1 degree – omg) but decided to give it a shot in the end after all, and were SO glad we did!
Diane, Paul, and I hadn’t seen each other in ages (everyone has taken a bit of a break following our fall marathons) and we ended up having the best run – we were all so excited to be out there hanging out again!
The weather really wasn’t bad at all either – we ended up running on the Capital Crescent trail rather than trying to do the National Mall or a bridge loop, which was a good call because we were much more sheltered from the wind. Between the crunchy (but not slippery) snow underfoot and the beautiful blue skies and sunshine above, it ended up being a lovely running day!
We covered 6 miles with a short photo/walking break at the turnaround point. Felt great to be back out there – I haven’t been running much lately and this reminded me why I love it. :)
Also, I’m obsessed with these new running gloves that Santa brought me for Christmas this year! They are the Manzella Women’s Hatchback Gloves and I put them on my wish list for Santa after my friend Mary raved about them on her blog.
They are AWESOME – I have a lot of other running gloves that are great for chilly weather, but when it gets down into reeeeeally cold weather like it was on Sunday, my other ones are too thin to really keep my hands warm, especially with wind involved. These are made from microfleece so they are a lot warmer, and the neon part helps with the wind, too! (You can flip it back and tuck it into the pocket if you don’t need it.) Thanks for the great rec, Mary!
My post-run brunch back at home with Matt was also awesome! My mom got us a bacon of the month club for Christmas – our first shipment was a super smoky bacon that tasted like BBQ when cooked. It was delicious! Plus some scrambled eggs and pancakes (with a little organic butter and pure maple syrup, of course) and a whole milk latte! More on those pancakes to come – they were amazing!
Matt headed off to watch the Steeler’s game with friends yesterday and I stuck around the house and did a billion loads of laundry, cleaned up, and did a little pre-work to get ready for the week. Solid weekend! I hope you guys had a good one too. :)
Anyone else get in a snowy run this weekend?
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