A Speedy Run, CrossFit Fun + Local Produce

Good morning, my friends! I had such a good run this morning – one of those runs where you just feel awesome. Don’t you love that? It certainly doesn’t happen every day, so I made sure to appreciate it even more. :)


Even though getting up is hard, I really love being up and out before most people are. I met up with my friend Sokphal at 6 a.m. in Rosslyn and it felt like we had the city to ourselves.


Since it was still quite dark out, we stuck to lit paths. From Rosslyn, we ran over Key Bridge and down along the Georgetown waterfront. We looped over Memorial Bridge and back, and then ran along the reflecting pool and around the WW II Memorial, looping back. So pretty in the morning light.



The Lincoln Memorial always looks beautiful all lit up in the early morning.


We headed back over Memorial Bridge and finished out near Iwo Jima. We covered quite a lot of distance – 6.7 miles – but it flew by thanks to chatting away with Sokphal. I was pumped about our pace, too – I haven’t seen times like this on a training run in quite awhile, and it was really humid out this morning, too. I think those track workouts are starting to pay off!


  • Mile 1: 8:27
  • Mile 2: 8:17
  • Mile 3: 8:09
  • Mile 4: 8:07
  • Mile 5: 8:17
  • Mile 6: 8:20
  • Last 0.7 mile pace: 7:50

Woohoo! I’m back, baby! I think I was partly inspired by Dennis Kimetto, the Kenyan who just set a new world record for the marathon in Berlin over the weekend. His time was 2:02:57, for an average pace of 4:41 minutes/mile. Isn’t that INSANE?!?! If he can do that for a whole marathon, I was thinking this morning, then I can certainly push myself a little harder right now. Right? :)


Thanks for getting me up and out this morning, Sokphal! :)

On the non-running workout front, I hit up CrossFit last night! I was supposed to play tennis with someone but they had to bail, so since I was already in workout clothes, I figured I’d CrossFit instead. I hit up the 5:30 p.m. class, and after warming up we started with barbell rows – I did about 55 pounds.


As for the workout, we had a 20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of the following: 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 air squats. Whew! I used a band for the pullups.

The workout was especially fun because I met a blog reader there! She has friends that go to my gym and was there to check it out. Great meeting you, Katy! :) Hope you’ll come back more often!


As for food, for lunch yesterday I threw together one of my favorites – a huge Mexican quinoa salad. Quinoa + black beans + leftover homemade salsa + green pepper + salad greens + avocado. Simple and tasty!


We got another (complementary) box from From the Farmer this morning, so I have some new produce to use up!


One of the highlights this week was some beautiful early Fuji apples from Chesley Vegetable farm. These apples are the pioneers of the fuji apple crop we all know and love – they harvest 6 weeks earlier than normal fujis, and because of the earlier harvesting, they don’t store as well. This means you don’t find them in supermarkets – only at farmers’ markets! Orchard to mouth, yes please. Keep an eye out for them at your local markets this weekend!


I love apples with almond butter as a snack, and some of them might get turned into my Baked Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars (<—another old fave recipe that recently got a photo update!). Love that recipe.

Another highlight: From the Farmer is offering fresh local eggs in their boxes now as an add-on. Love!


Don’t forget to tag fresh produce-inspired social media posts with #farmtofANNEtastic (and @fANNEtasticfood) so we can all inspire each other! If you’re local, include @fromthefarmer too and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free box. :) And for a coupon code for From the Farmer, see this post!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, my friends!

What’s the best run you’ve had lately?

Have you tried any fun new-to-you produce recently?

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  1. 1

    Anne, I’m curious about how much you like the From the Farmer. You mentioned that you got a free box awhile ago, and now have some more free ones, but you never bought one inbetween them, despite loving them so much. The produce looks great and I’ve been curious about the program for awhile, but the fact that you’ve never bought one yourself makes me think that maybe there’s something about the program that holds you back from buying it with your own money?

    • 2

      I would absolutely spend my own $$ on this, I just haven’t needed to because of their affiliate program (when someone uses my code, I get a referral credit – it’s noted as an affiliate coupon code in my other post). I got deliveries all spring into early summer, I just didn’t write about it/mention it every time here on the blog. I only stopped deliveries for summer in June because I was travelling too much to take advantage and I didn’t want stuff to go to waste! The only things that would hold me back from using them is if a) I’m traveling too much, or b) I wanted to go to an in-person farmers market instead. If you try them, let me know how you like it!

  2. 3

    The views on your morning run were beautiful! I haven’t been running in a while, but now that the temps are dropping in Texas I will probably be taking it up again.

    I have been loving all the squash variety this time of year! Great seasonal produce is always good.

  3. 4

    What beautiful photos and a great pace as usual! I haven’t been on a long run in years… I’m much more into lifting and sprinting now, but I had a great workout yesterday if that counts!

  4. 6

    Your morning run views look amazing! I am not a morning runner, so I usually get the sunset views. :) I love coming up with fun new spaghetti squash recipes this time of year. The produce isn’t new, but finding new ways to use it is really great!

  5. 7

    I wish someone delivered fresh produce to us in Annapolis……

    On a side note, just back into walking (with the hopes of being able to run more than the 1 min intervals I am doing now. At least I am walking with NO cramping in my gastroc/soleus/calf/foot areas! I ended up getting mens sneakers, extra wide, which means my feet don’t fall asleep or feel tight. Of course this has brought on blisters in my heels, but I can bandage those up. So for now it’s nightly 5 mile walks, with intermittant runs. Aim is to be in triathlon shape again by spring. Fingers crossed! Your posts inspire me Anne!!

  6. 9

    My best run was on Sunday! I set out for 8 and felt strong so kept going until 14 miles =). Those really are the best, but few and far between!

    I experimented with Butternut Squash from the Farmers Market this weekend, it was so delicious! Love local produce!!

  7. 19

    I tried lamb for the first time in about 15 years this morning…roast shoulder I cooked for four hours..Incredible! Not exactly produce but something new!

  8. 21

    My last awesome run was an untimed run in the country while I was in upstate NY 2 weeks ago. The cooler weather was a welcome change from the NC humidity and I love running by farms! And I had an amazing swim last week. I just felt in the zone and swam 1300 yards nonstop freestyle instead of splitting it into sets. Just one of those perfect workout days!

  9. 23

    I recently picked up a pomegranate at the store! It looks so intimidating but I have heard it is fairly easy to get the seeds out so I am going to try it on my oats/breakfasts’ this week.

  10. 25

    I also had a pretty good 5.25 mile run this morning! I definitely prefer morning runs….they’re the best!

  11. 27

    Hi Anne! Thanks for sharing a photo of our eggs! And thank you to From the Farmer for sourcing from us! If you want you can check us out more at or

  12. 28

    Mmmm I love fresh local eggs. I’ve never had a pomegranate before but a few showed up in our most recent Bountiful Basket. Despite being exciting to try it, I haven’t yet because cutting it intimidates me!

  13. 29

    Bravo on the early morning run, Anne! Nothing like getting it out of the way first thing in the morning!

  14. 30

    Great run, and such pretty views too! And oh, Cindy… I’ve done a 7 min AMRAP with that rep scheme (kipping pullups, so proud that I can do that for a WOD now!) and was dead tired by the end… 20 rounds would last forever!
    We did a one mile test today. This former non-runner, turned semi-runner, turned Crossfitter ran it in 7:25! My jaw hit the floor when I saw my time! haha

  15. 32

    As always.. you take wonderful pics! Also, “Fuji” Apples looks like some apples here in CR.

  16. 33

    Quinoa, black beans, and homemade salsa are three of my go-to ingredients for when I’m hungry and lazy and need to jazz something up. Good thinking to throw them all together! Bet it would be even more delicious with a bit of corn in there. Mmmm and now I’m hungry…

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