Good morning, and thank you for the congratulations regarding my new opportunity working as the part time sports dietitian over at the Endurance Athlete Center (EAC)! I’m excited to get started and to embark on a new adventure. Speaking of, the EAC is looking to hire a new full time physical therapist – if you or anyone you know is interested, please email Kerri at Fast Track Physical Therapy ([email protected]) for more information. She’s looking for someone that has at least 3 years experience and is a fellow endurance athletics lover!
In other news, I spent an unnecessary amount of money yesterday purchasing the digital rights to this fun official race photo from the Richmond Marathon!
Totally worth it, I think. :) Oh and don’t worry – all my race photos were not this good, trust me. There were a couple cool ones of me finishing, but for the most part, in addition to the typical awkward half landing/legs look weird race photos, there was also a whole series of photos of me in the process of eating a granola bar, which were really quite fetching, as you can imagine. Lol. Feel free to check them out, if you want a laugh today. ;)
Anyway – I hope you all had great weekends! On Friday night, we went out for dinner and drinks with friends, and on Saturday morning, I had a fabulous 6 mile run around DC with my friend Karen. This was my first real/longer run since the marathon last weekend. (I can’t believe it was only a week ago?!)
I know Karen has her eyes closed in the photo above but I loved it because we’re both cracking up! The random person taking our photo said “Say cheeeeese!! Or whatever it is people say now…” and we both started laughing just as he took the picture. :)
Karen and I met up around Metro Center and set out for what was originally planned to be a 4 or 5 miler, depending how I felt. Well, I ended up feeling good! We kept it really casual on pace and chatted away the whole time, and I was so happy to be out and running again. It was a nice day on Saturday and it was great to catch up with Karen and enjoy our beautiful city!
We ran down to the National Mall and then around the Tidal Basin and back. I always love running around this – so pretty. Look – the Washington Monument scaffolding is starting to come down!
As we ran back towards the mall, we saw that the White House Christmas tree is now up and starting to be decorated – how fun! We decided to run over to check it out. I love this time of year. :)
Since we were both feeling great, we ended up making it 6 miles. Awesome run!
You know what was also awesome? Doing a run that didn’t take hours and hours and leave me exhausted for the rest of the day! What a novel idea. ;) I was definitely having some post-marathon blues last week, but Saturday reminded me how nice it is to be more flexible with runs and to not have them take up your whole weekend!
After the run, I headed straight to meet Matt, who was out running errands, and we grabbed brunch at Le Pain Quotidien. I love their omelettes – I had the wild mushroom and goat cheese omelette and also added avocado and tomato. Delicious! Love that they give you salad on the side, too.
As for the rest of the weekend, on Saturday night Matt and I started the evening with a Friendsgiving party at Mary and Anthony’s!
I hadn’t made that recipe in too long. So tasty and easy.
We had a blast at the Friendsgiving – great group and it was fun to meet some new people! Mary and Anthony had everyone go around and say something that they were thankful for in the past year, too, which we loved. Such a nice reminder to focus on the many good things we all have in our lives. Something about saying it out loud makes you appreciate it even more, I think.
After enjoying some pumpkin pie (couldn’t leave before dessert!), Matt and I said our thank yous and headed over to my college friend Sarah’s place – she was hosting a little birthday get together. Also a blast!
As for yesterday, we enjoyed a really low key day getting some work done and tidying up, and last night, our friends Steve and Lauren had us over for dinner & Homeland watching.
Lauren made a delish turkey soup, and we brought over some more of our quinoa salad (I made double the recipe since I knew we’d want to bring something with us Sunday, too). We also brought some beer and crackers and cheese to all enjoy before dinner.
To go with the soup, Lauren made some roasted veggies – my favorite. Tastiest way to eat veggies, in my opinion. :)
Thanks again for having us over, guys!
And now – time to get back to work! Matt and I are heading up to Pittsburgh this year to spend Thanksgiving with his family, and are planning to leave on Tuesday night, so I need to try to pack a lot of work into the next couple days. I got a good head start yesterday but there’s always more on the to-do list!
Have a great day, everyone!
What are you thankful for?